By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinatown Safety Committee (CSC) met on May 7 at the Doubletree Hotel, while the Chinatown Resident Association (CRA) also gathered that evening at the Josiah Quincy School. The Chinatown Coalition (TCC) held its meeting on May 8 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
Coffee shop Another Cup had its soft opening on May 1 at Nassau and Harrison streets, said owner Bobby Ng. It is open seven days a week, serving crepes, coffee and salads.
The Radian’s luxury condos at 120 Kingston Street are available for rent May 10. It has 240 units, including five affordable units, said Ori Ron, principal, Hudson Group North America. The building management is working with the Rose Kennedy Greenway to restore lights at the Chinatown Park, along with addressing local crime with the Boston Police Department.
Hudson Group signed over property on Oxford Street to the Chinese Economic Development Council for 67 units of affordable housing, Ron said. The project groundbreaking is May 20.
Boston Police Department Capt. Ken Fong of District A-1 said a lack of robberies for the past 30 days reflects a downward trend since January. A total of 11 arrests were made and aggravated assaults increased, with four incidents in the last 30 days. The most serious incident was a shooting April 18 at 2:30 a.m. on Edinboro and Essex streets, with two victims wounded and the suspect at large.
Fong also warned about “blessing scam” con artists preying on older Chinese individuals. A 60-year-old Chinese woman from Quincy reported missing $2,000 on April 30 outside the Bank of America on 710 Washington Street, after two other Chinese women waved a hand around her face and she smelled chemicals that made her unsteady on her feet.
“We haven’t had these scams in a while, so it’s starting up again,” Fong said. “Last year, someone lost $160,000. Fortunately, the state police grabbed some people at the airport heading to Hong Kong with a significant amount of cash.”
The Boston Shines street cleanup will take place May 10 and 11 in Chinatown. To volunteer, contact Courtney Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chinese Progressive Association gave a presentation on affordable housing and the Chinatown Master Plan at the CRA meeting. An update on affordable housing at Boylston Street was done by Lisa Alberghini of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs.
A proposal on community gardens were presented by Gerald Robbins, organizer of a gardening co-op.
The Small Business Administration talked about resources for small businesses at the TCC meeting.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority gave an update on development around Chinatown and American Chinese Christian Educational and Social Services presented on its adult education.