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WNYC News

Neighbors Tire of Checkpoint Charlie in Chinatown

Thursday, March 05, 2015

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For 14 years, a four-block section of Park Row near Chinatown has been closed to traffic. Residents say it's time to open up.

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Fugitive Waves

16 – The Green Street Mortuary Band

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Green Street Mortuary Band, made up of mostly Italians playing Christian hymns and dirges, accompanies traditional Chinese funeral processions through the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown. Tubas, gongs,

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Selected Shorts

Meehan and Schaap Talk Drinking Games

Friday, May 09, 2014

This talk between Peter Meehan and Rosie Schaap is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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Selected Shorts

Gaming at Winnie’s

Friday, May 09, 2014

This reading by Gaby Hoffman of Rosie Schaap’s “Gaming at Winnie’s” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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Selected Shorts

A "Noir" Mushroom Tale

Friday, May 09, 2014

This reading by Sarah Steele of Nelly Reifler’s story “Supreme Cloud Ear” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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Selected Shorts

Weird Meal, Great Memories

Friday, May 09, 2014

This reading by Peter Meehan of his essay  “Crab Rangoon,” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach hosted by Hope Davis.

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Selected Shorts: Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach

Friday, May 09, 2014

A feast from the food mag Lucky Peach: Chinese drinking games, killer marmalade, a murderous mushroom, and Marc Maron's cookware.

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WNYC News

There's a Skin Infection New Yorkers are Catching From Fish

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Thirty people who have handled fish from Chinatown markets in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan have contracted skin lesions, and health officials are warning New Yorkers handling raw fish to wear waterproof gloves to combat infection with a rare bacteria known as Mycobacterium marinum, or M. marinum.

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WNYC News

PHOTOS: Celebrating the New Year in Chinatown

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Watch how New Yorkers ushered in the Year of the Horse during festivities in Chinatown on Sunday.

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WNYC News

City Council Names Streets After 'The Hammer of God' & Bullied Soldier

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A block of River Avenue in the Bronx is about to become "Rivera Avenue." 

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Transportation Nation

Fung Wah Halts Popular Long Distance Bus Service

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A screen shot of Fung Wah's website on Wednesday, February 27

One day after the federal government ordered Fung Wah's entire bus fleet off the road, the company has been barred from operating out of Boston's South Station.  And on Wednesday, the company said it would suspend service.

This ends -- if only temporarily -- Fung Wah's discount service between New York and Boston.

The company used rental buses to operate service between the two cities on Tuesday, but on Wednesday it put up notice on its web site saying it is suspending service until it can inspect and repair its fleet (see above.)

The federal government's order affected the 28 buses owned and operated by Fung Wah. Massachusetts has issued a blanket order that applies to all buses operated by Fung Wah, including vehicles it rents or leases.

“Due to the safety issues involved in the suspension of your company’s right to operate a passenger bus service for a substantial portion of your bus fleet, the MBTA insists that your company immediately cease all passenger bus operation from SSBT until further notice,” reads a letter delivered yesterday by attorneys for Newmark Knight & Frank Global Management Services, the MBTA's managing agent for the South Station Bus Terminal.

“In the interest of safety the MBTA cannot allow buses which have been suspended from operation, or any other buses which are not properly licensed and inspected to operate from SSBT.”

(Read the letter here. And read the U.S. DOT's order here.)

 

 

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Transportation Nation

Fung Wah's Bus Fleet Ordered Off the Road

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Permitted? It's complicated.

The entire passenger fleet of Chinatown bus company Fung Wah has been ordered off the road for an immediate safety inspection.

This news comes a day after the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities found cracks in many bus frames and asked the federal government to declare the company an "imminent safety hazard."

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Fung Wah - which operates between New York and Boston for about $15 each way -- must cease transporting passengers on its 28 vehicles, which must be immediately taken off the road for inspection.

But, says a DOT spokesman, "the company, if it chooses, has the prerogative to rent or lease other vehicles; the company is not shut down."

A phone call to Fung Wah's New York offices earlier Tuesday afternoon would seem to bear this out, as the woman who answered the phone said the company was still operating buses between New York and Boston every hour.

From the DOT:

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Fung Wah Bus Transportation, Inc., to immediately cease passenger service and provide its entire fleet of 28 motorcoaches for thorough and detailed safety inspections by qualified inspectors. Going forward, FMCSA will continue to work closely with its state law enforcement partners in Massachusetts and New York to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

FMCSA’s safety investigators are continuing their examination of Fung Wah’s operations, including examining the safety records of its vehicles, drivers and other company safety performance requirements prescribed by federal regulations, and may consider additional actions against the company if warranted.

Beau Duffy, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Transportation, said in an email: "We are working with our partners at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the state of Massachusetts to ensure Fung Wah’s buses are not put back in service until they are inspected and any deficiencies are corrected."

 

 

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Micropolis

Micropolis: Mystery of the Chinese Double Menu

Monday, January 21, 2013

Why, in this era of foodie hordes, Instagramming their way across the five boroughs, do some Chinese restaurants in New York City still have double menus?

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Schoolbook

After the Lunar New Year, Schools in Chinatown May See More Students

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Principals of public schools in Chinatown say they see an influx of new students in the weeks and months after the Lunar New Year holiday, which took place last week and is the most important day in the traditional Chinese calendar. Not only do children disappear for days or weeks to return to their hometowns in China for the holiday, but many families also come back with additional children.

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The Takeaway

What's Ahead for China in the Year of the Dragon?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday marks the beginning of 4709 in the Chinese calendar, the "Year of the Dragon". A strong, fiery, and auspicious cultural symbol, the lunar year ahead holds the potential for seismic change. In addition to the generational transitions set for its government, military, and the Communist Party, some experts are claiming 2012 will be the year China's economy collapses.

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WNYC News

As NY Takes a Fresh Look at Casinos, Decades-Old Gambling Parlors Still Bustle in Chinatown

Monday, January 23, 2012

At a community center on Division Street in Manhattan, a 59-year old Chinese immigrant in a baggy grey sweater and a baseball cap pulled low recently was helping elderly residents sign up for free classes.

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Features

Lunar New Year, Year of the Dragon, Begins Monday

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monday marks the start of the Lunar New Year, and celebrations are kicking off in Chinatown this week to welcome the Year of the Dragon.

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WNYC News

8 US Soldiers Charged in Death of Infantryman From Chinatown

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Eight U.S. soldiers have been charged in connection with the death of a soldier from New York City, the military said Wednesday.

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WNYC News

As Interest From the Next Generation Wanes, A Family's Tofu Legacy Totters

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fong Inn Too in Chinatown is one of the oldest family-run tofu factories in the country, but the fourth generation has little interest in keeping the tradition going. For now, preservation of the legacy rests squarely on the founder's great grandson.

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WNYC News

Chinatown Gets Business Improvement District

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The City Council approved a Business Improvement District (BID) for Manhattan's Chinatown. The BID will take annual fees from local businesses to help clean up streets and attract more customers.

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