Coronavirus Chinatown Stories

Poster House Continues Chinatown Video Series With Grace Young

Here’s Part 2 of the Chinatown video series done in collaboration with Poster House and chef Grace Lee. This episode features Peter Lee, the owner of the beloved restaurant, Hop Kee. Grace Lee writes: On Sunday March 15, I went into Manhattan’s Chinatown to speak to the owners of mom-and-pop businesses and find out how they were dealing with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. …


Magnolias in Bloom on the Lower East Side

Thanks to Andrea DiFiore for sending along these photos of Magnolias in bloom around East River Park. In spite of it all, it’s nice to …

Photo taken on March 19th, 2020. People creating space between each other.
-Kari Jensen, photographer

Coronavirus Update: People Standing Farther Apart in Public Groups

In the past week, some New Yorkers have begun to maintain larger personal space bubbles, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. …

Lower East Side Links

–It’s possible the Rivington House facility will be used to treat coronavirus patients. [Crain’s]

–As the coronavirus crisis escalated, the Tenement Museum laid off 20% of its staff. [New York Times]

–Asian grocery stores are well-stocked. If there are shortages of anything, it’s customers. [NY1]

–A restaurant owner discusses the devastating impact of COVID-19 in Chinatown. [The New Yorker]

–Chinatown souvenir shops remain open because they have no other choice. One business owner says, “Who is going to pay our rent? We made $100 today. I need to pay rent for my house.” [New York Post]

–Real estate brokers are trying to persuade businesses that they should open offices on the Lower East Side. [Commercial Observer]

Grace Young, hosting Caronavirus: Chinatown Stories with Poster House

Poster House Sponsors Chinatown Video Series

Poster House, a museum dedicated exclusively to posters, has closed its doors and rededicated itself to some virtual projects in response to the Coronavirus …

In Case You Missed the Message


FDR Drive, from just below East River Park.

Spring Comes to Clinton Street


Spring keeps springin’. Happy vernal equinox!


Coronavirus Update – Takeout and Delivery Options on the Lower East Side

We’re starting a list of places staying open for takeout and delivery. Our local spots are suffering and need your support more than ever. Many of the restaurants are offering discounted prices for takeout (to avoid delivery fees). Most of the restaurants are posting updates on Instagram. Many of the delivery services are now offering “no-contact delivery,” allowing for instructions on where to leave the order upon delivery. …

A little gem salad with herbs and a dijon vinaigrette, now at Bacaro. Photos courtesy of Bacaro.

Bacaro Debuts a New Menu

Some of us are riding out the coronavirus outbreak at home. Others are choosing to share a comforting meal with old friends at familiar neighborhood restaurants. If you’re in the latter category, you’ll want to know that a local favorite, Bacaro, has a new menu. …


Coronavirus Outbreak: Coping With Closures and Long Lines on the Lower East Side

The coronavirus outbreak has led to panic buying across New York, including here on the Lower East Side. You’ve seen the crazy lines and …

Early Spring on Grand Street

Early Spring Robin SchatellThe blossoms are making an early debut on Grand Street this year, after one of the warmest winters in history. Thanks to Robin Schatell for this photo of the Eastern Redbuds alongside Saint Mary’s Church.

Lower East Side Links

–The Bowery Mission has closed its “Code Blue” program, which made extra space available to homeless men on very cold evenings in the chapel and cafeteria. And it’s a time of significant change for the organization: “The mission has faced recent budget shortfalls and is looking for a new president to replace David P. Jones, who stepped down just before Thanksgiving… (In the past 5 years) the mission doubled the number of people enrolled… in its residential recovery programs, absorbing the Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark, N.J., and the New York City Rescue Mission in Tribeca. But as it expanded its footprint, the Bowery Mission also cut back on some efforts.” [New York Times]

–The City Council approved a large new development project to be built on the ashes of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the historic Norfolk Street synagogue. [Cityland]

–City Council Member Carlina Rivera comes out against an air rights transfer to allow developers to build an office tower on St. Marks Place. [Gothamist]

–City Council members questioned the mayor’s affordable housing schemes at a budget hearing, arguing that neighborhood rezoning are turbo-charging gentrification. [Gotham Gazette]

–Former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen assails “shortsighted” politicians for blocking the city’s aggressive development agenda. [Daily News]

–ICYMI: The Lower East Side boasts some impressive wine bars. “Skin Contact” on Orchard Street is a new entry from a pioneer in the natural wine movement. [Eater]

–There’s a fundraiser tonight to help the groups displaced by the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry St. [Facebook]


Chinatown Businesses Continue to Suffer Due to Coronavirus Misconceptions

According to the NYC Department of Health, there are now 76 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State and 11 in New York …

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On Essex Street


A mostly intact section of old Orchard Street, shot from just below Grand Street.