Chinatown BID Seeks Art Proposals For Doyers Street Seasonal Plaza

Doyers Street 2017; photo by @dimsumnyc.

Doyers Street 2017; photo by @dimsumnyc.

You may remember this setup on Doyers Street last fall. The Department of Transportation and the Chinatown Business Improvement District teamed up to create temporary seating and activities on one of Chinatown’s most unusual blocks. The “seasonal street” closure is happening again, and this time around the BID is adding a public art project to the mix.

The Doyers Street project will debut in early July and continue until mid-September. The street closure will last from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily The idea is to draw pedestrians to Chinatown by making the winding block feel a bit more welcoming (Doyers used to be called the Bloody Angle, after all).

The Chinatown BID today came out with a Request for Proposals. Here’s a summary:

The Chinatown District Management Association (Chinatown BID) welcomes artists from the community to submit proposals for an upcoming public art project on Doyers Street. This project seeks to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Mabel Lee, a suffragette and the first female Asian-American graduate of Columbia University, after whom the Doyers Street Post Office will soon be named.  The proposal should include a public art element that will be placed directly on the street using pre-approved materials… The street closure will last for 3 months, so all proposals should include designs that will last that long.

The submission deadline is May 30. More details here.

Good Morning!

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Photos: Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Doyers Street

Photo via sandiieeee Instagram feed.

A few photos are popping up this morning of last night’s big shoot on Doyers Street in Chinatown. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were filming scenes for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 at the Nom Wah Tea Parlor among other local businesses. Have a look at more photos after the jump.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Films at Nom Wah Tea Parlor Friday

Spidey’s new costume – via

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 promotional machine is getting revved up, as filming for the sequel gets underway.  The studio has released photos of Spidey’s new costume (see above) and there was lots of buzz in Hell’s Kitchen yesterday, where star Andrew Garfield was hanging upside down.  Now we hear the set moves to Chinatown later this week after a few days in Brooklyn.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is taking over the Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street Friday (super heroes love shrimp dumplings).  It seems Hollywood is enamored with Doyers Street.  Remember those scenes from Premium Rush last year?  In addition to Garfield, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse in Chinatown of co-stars Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx or Sally Field.  Nom Wah will, as you probably guessed, be closed Friday, reopening Saturday.


Wilson Tang’s Guide to Doyers Street

Doyers Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa/

Editor’s note: Black Friday is, of course, in full swing throughout New York City.  Whether you’re braving the crowds today or over the weekend, there’s no better post-Thanksgiving, post-shopping treat than a good meal in Chinatown.  And as Wilson Tang, the second generation owner of the Nom Wah Tea Parlor points out, there’s never been a better time to show your support for your favorite neighborhood restaurants.

As a restaurant owner in Chinatown and a lifelong Lower Manhattan resident, I wanted to write a few words to encourage people to dine downtown in the upcoming days and weeks — and especially to come check out Chinatown, a place that’s dear to my heart.

Now more than ever, Chinatown needs customers in its restaurants and shops. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you Hurricane Sandy really did a number on the neighborhood’s commerce.  Long after the storm passed, businesses continued to suffer.  The losses from spoiled produce and seafood were in the thousands for places like my restaurant, which uses a lot of shrimp. The worst part is that the residual effects are still being felt by most businesses, since rent, utilities and labor costs just keep accumulating. It would not surprise me if some restaurants don’t make it in the upcoming months.

A Sunday Morning Mess on Doyers Street

A tipster sends along this lovely photo showing the Sunday morning nastiness on Doyers Street.  Several bags of garbage were piled up outside the post office this morning, and lime peels and other remnants, apparently, from fruity cocktails were scattered on the sidewalk.

The upscale bar Apotheke and the new tequila-centric spinoff, Pulqueria, are on this block. Our tipster says a guy usually comes late at night to haul the garbage away but not always.  From the looks of it, he did not show on Saturday night.