NY Chinatown Business Owners: Reopen Park Row

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NEW YORK — Residents of New York's Chinatown cheered the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, hoping that the news would lead the New York Police Department to reopen Park Row, the main street as well as economic lifeblood of Chinatown. 

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the NYPD has refused to reopen Park Row because of security concerns, which the Sing Tao reports has resulted in a serious economic impact on New York's Chinatown. Now neighborhood businesses are hoping that in the wake of Osama's death, they will reconsider reopening the street.  

Jan Lee, a representative of the Civic Center Residents Coalition NYC, told the Sing Tao that Osama's death brought more than psychological comfort; it also could be turned into solid actions, like reopening Park Row.

Paul Lee, a fourth-generation owner of 32 Mott Street General Store, Inc. which was a century-old Chinese store in Chinatown, said his business was not able to survive Chinatown's economic downturn. Lee told the Sing Tao that over the past 10 years, the economic recovery in other parts of Manhattan has returned, but business is still suffering in Chinatown. Lee said the reopening of Park Row could help give the local businesses here a boost.