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New York City has a long and storied history with tattoos. German immigrant and sailor Martin Hildebrandt, who is credited with opening the first tattoo parlor in the country, set up shop in Manhattan in 1846. In 1891, a New Yorker named Samuel O’Reilly patented a modified version of Thomas Edison’s pen, creating the first […]

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Since September 11th, the NYPD has maintained a security perimeter around its headquarters at One Police Plaza that’s unlike any other building in NYC. It includes the closure of smaller side streets and the occupation of Park Row, a vital 4-lane roadway that used to connect Chinatown to Lower Manhattan. For cops, the underutilized street […]

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Chinatown’s beloved 169 Bar will stay open. The months-long ordeal between the City and the dive bar was settled in court Thursday morning, ANIMAL confirmed. “The case was resolved. We didn’t admit any guilt. We signed a settlement agreement with the city that didn’t involve shutting us down,” said Jesse Danoff, the lawyer representing 169 […]

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While most of the city has bounced back after the 9/11 attack, a four-block strip in Chinatown by One Police Plaza remains barricaded; visitors and residents passing through are required to show ID. Lawmakers, who have repeatedly asked the mayor to reopen the area to traffic, are taking up the issue again. WNYC reports that […]

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Here are some kids in Straus Square, Chinatown hugging trashcans, swinging chains, hopping, and being in awe of large things on a Monday morning. You know? You know! You know. (Video: Bowery Boogie) […]

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Marolda Properties is being subpoenaed by the Division of Housing’s Tenant Protection Unit for repeated “abusive behavior” targeting Asian-American and Chinese-speaking tenants. The company recently purchased several large buildings in aggressively gentrifying Chinatown and according to the Daily News, their landlord is trying to force tenants out of rent-controlled apartments by “withholding basic services, refusing to renew leases as required by law and starting baseless eviction […]

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Last year, New York City began requiring that all long distance busses have a permit to operate in the city. On August 15th, the grace period to acquire those permits will be over, reports DNAinfo. Busses operating illegally, as many still do in Chinatown, will face fines between $500 to $2,500 for repeat offenses, according […]

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At first glance, this corner on Allen and Division Streets in Chinatown looks like many others in the area, but it’s part of a legal graffiti installation by Smart Crew that completely blurs the traditional notions of “vandalism” and “art.” Sure, the SABIO fire extinguisher tag, and the CASH4, STU, and CHE tags above are illegal […]

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A series of eerily serene photos of New York’s Chinatown by Franck Bohbot show another side of the usually chaotic streets. The photos evoke a cinematic calm reminiscent of a Jarmusch film. They could be the setting of potential action, but they’re silent and mysteriously tense. See the tinted glow of hotel lobbies, the fogged up […]

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After showing some love to Sunnyside and Red Hook, NYC graffiti collective Smart Crew — specifically DCEVE, SNOEMAN and ELMO — just finished up a legal mural for Chinatown on Sunday. But it wasn’t easy. “It took me three years to secure this wall,” says DCEVE to ANIMAL. “I had to go with a Community […]

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