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Oakland Mayor Honored at City Hall

City Councilmember Margaret Chin along with the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus and Women’s Caucus hosted a reception at City Hall today for Jean Quan, the mayor of Oakland. They presented Quan with a proclamation recognizing "her many achievements...

New Report Looks at Asian Population in Chinatown and Beyond

A newly released report looks at how the Asian American population in neighborhoods across the city, including in Manhattan's Chinatown, is changing.  According to the analysis of Census data by the the advocacy and housing organization, Asian Americans for...

Housing Group Identifies Buildings Being “Intentionally Neglected”

In Albany, the annual battle over New York's byzantine rent laws is starting to heat up. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver might refuse to extend a tax break benefiting real estate developers unless...

Landlord: $6 Million to Repair Fire Ravaged Building

We were in housing court earlier this morning, following developments in the legal fight between the owner and tenants of 289 Grand Street. An appraisal done by the consulting firm Brown Harris Stevens for the landlord determined it would...

Grand Street Fire Victims Claim Belongings; Sheldon Silver On the Scene

The photo above may not seem all that remarkable.   Modeling cards, a dvd player, a few other personal possessions are strewn on top of an unmade bed.  This image, however,  was not taken in just any apartment -- but...

Months After Fire, Bitter Legal Battle Intensifies

In the hours after fire ravaged three buildings on Grand Street this past spring, displaced residents found themselves in the media spotlight. Three months later, the television cameras and daily newspapers are gone. But the people whose lives were...

Owner of 128 Hester Will Appeal Decison Ordering Payments to Displaced Tenants

The attorney representing Chinatown developer William H. Su says he will appeal a decision from the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal ordering payments to the displaced tenants of 128 Hester. As we reported yesterday, the decision requires...

Assembly Passes Bill Waiving Bank Fees For Disaster Victims

On Sunday, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel Squadron gathered with community activists and displaced residents at the scene of April's Grand Street fire. In a mid-day news conference, Silver touted a bill waiving bank fees...

Grand Street Businesses Struggle to Bounce Back from Fire

Lin Shu Ming, owner of Pho Grand, is happy to be back in business. Closed for almost three weeks after the devastating Chinatown fire, he lost $2000-$3000 each day and had to throw out $10,000 in spoiled food. But...
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Photo: East River Park Track, Sunday midday. In the news this past week: --"In affordable housing vs. parking lot,...
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