While some neighborhood activists were happy to see the city finally moving forward with the 8-year long discussion to rezone Chinatown, others feel that the city is actually working to tear the community apart.
"I like to say it's like a little boutique hotel home," says Helen Zhang while standing in her petite Chinatown studio. But the publicist's Pell Street apartment is her own personal oasis, and her spare, yet well-articulated, decor speaks to that.
The Bowery is a hotbed of construction activity these days, and there'll soon be another development rising on the thoroughfare. Three tenement buildings got the go-ahead for demolition to make way for a new mixed-use building.
This $1,795/month apartment ignited the internet with its quirky layout a few months ago when it hit the rental market. Now take a look inside the apartment, where the "sad kitchen shower" no longer looks so sad.