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Blood Pressure: Workers Say NYC Lab Firm Discriminated Against Chinese Employees

Six Chinese phlebotomists employed by BioReference Laboratories are alleging years of unequal pay and work conditions. They’ve filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while preparing a lawsuit.

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Home Care Workers’ Battle for Pay Boost Embroils Lower Manhattan Council Campaigns

Protest targeting Chinese-American Planning Council demands cancelation of endorsements for the group’s former chair — and showcased a candidate running against their union’s own pick.

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Manhattan Jail Design Forges Ahead Even as Plan to Replace Rikers is Delayed to 2027

A legal ruling barred construction at The Tombs in Chinatown. But that hasn’t stopped the city from soliciting proposals for the White Street site. Meanwhile, the city insists its commitment to closing Rikers "has not wavered."

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Chinatown Jail Setback Signals Slog Toward Rikers Shutdown 

A judge ruled in favor of locals fighting a proposed new tower to replace The Tombs. Meanwhile, more lawsuits are pending over other borough jail sites in The Bronx and Queens.

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‘This is Our Time’: Chinese-American Candidates Look to City Council Seats in Bid to Build Community Power

Activated by battles over high school admissions, new jails and a cop convicted for an accidental shooting, political newcomers seek to influence high-stakes debates.

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Chinatown Restaurant Owners Face Slim Outdoor Dining Options on Narrow Streets

Restaurateurs in the historic Manhattan neighborhood say they’re left to battle bureaucracy as they fight for space to stay in business under pandemic restrictions.

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Delays on Rikers Replacement Jails Buoy Critics, Even as Planning Moves Ahead

Pandemic snags smaller jails’ timeline, giving new hope to opponents — while advocates say recent drop in inmate population proves it’s time to press ahead.

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Counting the Ways New York is Getting Creative With Promoting the Census

With the in-person approach no longer viable, outreach efforts are being re-aimed to inspire participation through unexpected tactics.

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Senior Centers Scramble to Serve Hungry Elders Staying Home Over Coronavirus

To get a free hot lunch, elderly New Yorkers vulnerable to infection must decide whether to risk joining the crowd — spurring calls for a Plan B.

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Beijing to Brooklyn ‘Friendship’ Arch Gift Collapses

The present from China for Sunset Park, seven years in the making, falls victim to "geopolitical tensions," Borough President Eric Adams says.

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As Planned New Jail Looms, Baxter Street Braces for Impact

With close-Rikers plans headed to key votes, the Manhattan jail’s next-door neighbors want answers about what will happen when construction begins.

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Local Boards Reject Rikers Replacement Jails, But Council Reps Hold the Key

Local Council members wield the votes that count most. Some say they’re undecided, though behind-the-scenes signs point to an all-but done deal.