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- “[de Blasio] is paying the Chus and Moca to operate as a shield for his dirty work. These are the types of Asian Americans who have been taking money to sell our neighborhoods out from under us,” Huang wrote. “They sit on boards, they talk about community, they take money, but never put it back in the community.”
- Huang, who is also an attorney, then promoted the petition organized by People’s First NYC and Youth Against Displacement, which claimed de Blasio bribed Chu and MOCA with $35 million.
- The project is part of de Blasio’s $8.3 billion effort to replace Rikers Island jails with four smaller ones spread throughout four boroughs, notably in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. The construction reportedly began in Queens’ Kew Gardens in June 2021, as per the city’s official website.
- Chu, who also owns the historic Jing Fong dining hall in Chinatown that closed its doors permanently due to the pandemic, has responded to Huang’s allegations on Instagram, describing the restaurateur’s action as “offensive” and “dangerous.”
- The petition has also demanded that the Chu family reopen Jing Fong and help hundreds of displaced workers. They also called on the state government to lower the real estate tax for small property owners and end displacement by “rejecting the SoHo/NoHo rezoning and passing the FULL Chinatown Working Group plan to protect the entirety of Chinatown and the Lower East Side.”