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Thanks to a grant from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Asian Americans for Equality will be able to enhance its services to small business in Downtown Flushing, Queens. In March of 2017, the city agency, through its Neighborhood 360 Program,...read more
Photos by Whitney Browne. On March 16 2017, Asian Americans for Equality celebrated its 43rd Annual Lunar New Year Banquet in Manhattan's Chinatown. Click on any photo above to see the full-size slide show. We were pleased to present Dream of Equality Awards to four...read more
On the left, current conditions of a dilapidated Rockaways shopping strip. On the right, rendering by Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects LLP of new community center. Patricia Simon stands in front of an abandoned, fire-ravaged commercial strip on Beach Channel Drive...read more
Forty-three years after its founding, Asian Americans for Equality has become a diversified community development organization with a national reputation. AAFE has a long track record of building equitable communities, but also of supporting small businesses, of...read more
(Rendering of AAFE's Renaissance Hardesty Project in Kansas City. Credit: El Dorado Architects.) An article in CityLab looks at AAFE's efforts to fix a broken community development tool known as EB-5. The story, When Harlem Unemployment Pays For Midtown Luxury,...read more
Fire in Flushing, Queens. Photo: New York Daily News. Following a devastating fire in Flushing, Queens, Asian Americans for Equality and its affiliate, Renaissance Economic Development Corp., have announced the establishment of an emergency loan program. The...read more
AAFE in the NewsStories about our organization in the news media
An Overlooked Way For NYC’s Small Businesses to Get a Loan; editorial by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney – Crain’s; Nov. 22, 2016
Chinatown Building Receiving Sustainable Upgrades, Extended Affordability – DNA Info; Oct. 16. 2016
Sustainable Upgrades Will Help Chinatown Rental Remain Affordable – Curbed; Oct. 11, 2016
Renderings Revealed for Queens Entrepreneurship Center Designed by Leong Leong and JCJ – Architects Newspaper; Oct. 4, 2016
How the Model Minority Myth Hurts Asian American Elders – NBC News; Oct. 4, 2016
Flushing to Get Sleek Glass Community Center with Market, Co-Working Space – Curbed; Oct. 4, 2016
AAFE Plans Flushing Community Center – Queens Chronicle; Sept. 29, 2016
Building Justice: Racism in NYC’s Housing Market is Not Just a Black-and-White Story, by Chris Kui and Lydia Tom; City Limits; Aug. 29, 2015
EB5’s Get New Shot at true Community Investment – Next City; Aug. 27, 2016
Han Tak Lee, Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 24 Years, Finds New Home, Family – NBC News; August 11, 2016
How NYC’s Chinese Immigrants are Fighting Chinatown’s Slum Landlords – Fusion; Aug. 3, 2016
Pommes Frites Fries Again in West Village; Relief Money Greased Way – Villager; June 30, 2016
Get in Line: Affordable Housing Coming to Flushing – June 23, 2016; Queens Tribune
Bill Passed Would Make It Easier For Micro-Businesses to Score Loans – June 13, 2016; Bedford & Bowery
Kim Honors Han Tak Lee with Legislation – Queens Cronicle; May 5, 2016.
Putting Teeth Back Into the Community Reinvestment Act – Next City; March 18, 2016.
Out of Gas: A Surge of Gas Shutoffs, Especially For Rent Stabilized Tenants – Our Town; March 3, 2016.
Going… Nowhere! Landlord Blocked From Removing Lift – Villager; February 25, 2016.
Flushing 2050 Initiative Eyes Vision For the Future – Times Ledger; February 10, 2016.
Housing Activists Fight to Keep Elevator Working For Sick Manhattan Man – Daily News; January 8, 2016.
Chinatown Tenants Demand Repairs and Safe Construction Work – DNA Info; December 10, 2015.
In Chinatown, Trying to Hold Up vs. Harassment – Villager, May 7, 2015.
“It’s Like Someone Dropped A Bomb In There”: LES Tenants Sue Landlord Over Illegal Construction – Gothamist; April 30, 2015.
Bill Chong: Helping NYC’s Youth – China Daily USA; November 28, 2014
New Services for Chinese Small Businesses – China Daily USA; November 21, 2014
Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce to Launch – Queens Tribune; November 20, 2014
Work Finally Begins on Flushing Center – Queens Chronicle; July 3, 2014
Bill de Blasio Names Julie Menin Consumer Affairs Commissioner – New York Observer; April 24, 2014
AREAA Honors the Nation’s Top Asian Leaders and Activists at The Global Summit Awards Gala – Newswire; March 20, 2014
Assembly Celebrates Asian Lunar New Year at Capitol – Western Queens Gazette; February 26, 2014
Forty Years of Fighting for Asian-American Rights – Voices of NY; February 21, 2014
Queens: The City’s Housing Alternative? – Queens Chronicle; January 9, 2014
Big Queens Project to Break Gound – Crain’s New York Business; January 8, 2014
Chris Kui Named MONEY Hero – Money; January 1, 2014
Asian group woos recruits (link) – Times Ledger; December 13, 2013
Historic Hardesty Federal Complex given new life (link) – NBC 41, Kansas City; December 10, 2013
One Year After Sandy on the Lower East Side (link) – The Lo-Down; October 29, 2013
Moving Back Home After Devastating Fire (link) – New York Observer; July 24, 2013
Residents Displaced by Grand Street Fire Return Home 3 Years Later (link) – DNA Info; July 19, 2013
3 Years After Devastating Fire, Chinatown Residents Celebrate Return to Apartment Building (link) – Yahoo News; July 18, 2013
Tenants of Chinatown Building Damaged in 2010 Fire Celebrate Winning Legal Battle (link) – NY1; July 18, 2013
More Than Three Dozen Displaced by Pike Street Fire (link) – The Lo-Down; July 15, 2013
Housing Forum Draws Huge Crowd (link) – Queens Tribune; July 4, 2013
Hardesty Complex – From Military Hub to Food Hub (link) – Northeast News Net; June 19, 2013
Rozic, Et Al Celebrate Asian American Pacific Heritage (link) – Queens Gazette; May 29, 2013
Forlorn Urban Site is Poised For an Impressive Rebirth (link) – Kansas City Star; March 26, 2013
Downtown Businesses Win Storm Recovery Grants (link) – Crain’s; March 6, 2013
Protesters Call Again For Funds For Displaced Chinatown Families (link) – NY1; February 28, 2013
Where Buildings Fell as Hotel Rose, a New Condo and Calls For Justice (link) – The Local EV; February 27, 2013
AAFE: Working For Equal Rights For All (link) – NeighborWorks; February 13, 2013
Local Spokes: Community-Based Bike Advocacy in Chinatown & the Lower East Side (link) – Streetfilms; January 15, 2013
New Hope in the New Year For Sandy Affected Businesses (link) – Huffington Post; January 13, 2013.
Cash Coming to Sandy-Stricken Businesses Below Canal Street (link) – DNA Info; December 21, 2012.
Fund Helps Lower Manhattan Businesses Recover After Sandy (link) – NY1; December 20, 2012
Community Leader Was Beacon in Dark Times (link) – NY Press; December 12, 2012.
MLS Stadium, USTA, Willets Expansions Panned by Fairness Coalition (link) – Queens Chronicle; December 11, 2012.
Developer Su is Sued by Former Hester Street Tenants (link) – Villager; December 6, 2012.
AAFE and Citibank Team Up to Help Hurricane Victims (link) – YouTube; November 2012.
Asian American Groups Help Immigrant Entrepreneurs Affected by Sandy (link) – NY1; November 2012.
Study Seeks New Uses For Forgotten Park Buildings (link) – Villager; October 18, 2012.
Longstanding Debate Flares Up Over Chinatown, LES Districts (link) – Downtown Express; September 5, 2012.
Protesters Keep Pressure on Hotelier Accused of Evicting Chinatown Families (link) – Voices of NY; August 15, 2012.
City Council Redistricting: Representation or Segregation? The Debate Begins (link) – Daily News; August 15, 2012.
Commission Holds First Hearing On How To Redraw City Council Lines (link) – NY1; August 13, 2012.
Asian and Latino Communities Create a Partnership in Response to the City’s Redistricting Plans (link) – Our Chinatown; August 3, 2012.
Brooklyn Asian, Latino Groups Huddle with Common Cause Before Council Redistricting Meet (link) – Daily News; August 2, 2012.
Asian, Latino Groups Want Demographics Reflected in City Council (link); NY1, August 2, 2012
Displaced Chinatown Residents Continue to Demand Compensation (link) – NY1; August 7, 2012.
Protesters Call For Boycott of Chinatown Hotel on the Bowery (link) – Villager; July 26, 2012.
Chinatown Residents Claim They Lost Homes Due to Owner Neglect (link) – NY1; July 13, 2012.
Pew Study Backs Asian Community’s Growing Impact in New York City; Chris Kui interviewed (link) – NY1; June 21, 2012
Wyndham Hotel Poised to Open; 128 Hester Tenants Still in Limbo (link) – The Lo-Down; June 7, 2012.
Three Years After Their Building Was Demolished, Rent Regulated Tenants Fight For Compensation (link) – Real Deal; June 6, 2012.
Local Spokes Unveils Plan to Improve Bike Accessibility in Diverse Communities (link) – The Lo-Down; June 6, 2012.
Ousted Hester Street Residents Demand Compensation (link) – DNA Info; June 5, 2012.
Grassroots Coalition Crafts Action Plan For Lower East Side Cycling (link) – Streetsblog; June 4, 2012.
Group to Release Action Plan For Biking in Chinatown and the LES (link) – DNA Info; May 31, 2012.
U.S. Department of Labor Official Pat Shiu Addresses AAFE Conference (link) – Dept. of Labor News; May 17, 2012.
NeighborWorks America CEO Receives Dream of Equality Award From Asian Americans For Equality (link) – NeighborWorks; March 27, 2012.
AAFE Celebrates 38 Years, Honors San Francisco Mayor (link) – The Lo-Down; March 26, 2012.
AAFE Becomes Member of Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (link) – NYNP; March 15, 2012.
Tenants Win Suit But Still Fear They Might Not Go Home (link) – Villager; March 8, 2012.
New Congressional District Lines Could Give Queens Asians More Political Clout (link) – NY1; March 6, 2012.
Legacy of 2006 Blackout Yielding Green Projects in Western Queens – New York Daily News; March 4, 2012.
Judge Orders Owner of Fire-Damaged 289 Grand Street to Make Repairs (link) – The Lo-Down; March 2, 2012.
CB3 Approves Plan For Forsyth Plaza Park (link) – The Lo-Down; February 29, 2012.
Two Non-Profits Are at Odds Over Forsyth Produce Market (link) – The Lo-Down; October 4, 2011.
Lower Manhattan Leaders on the Area’s Growth After 9/11 (link) – NY1 (Chris Kui is interviewed); September 13, 2011.
New Energy Standards For Old Buildings (link) – Downtown Express; August 17, 2011.
Grand Street Fire Victims Sue Landlord (link) – The Lo-Down; August 11, 2011.
Local Spokes Seeks Local Input on Bicycling (link) – Villager; July 6, 2011.
Local Spokes Coalition Brings Bike Planning to Chinatown, LES (link) – Streetsblog; June 6, 2011.
Hotel Plans Face Protest (link) – Wall Street Journal; July 5, 2011.
17-Year Old Civil Rights Advocate Talks Leadership, Service (link) – MTV; May 25, 2011.
A Year After a Chinatown Fire, a Housing Dispute Persists (link) – New York Times; April 22, 2011.
Asian Politicians Celebrate Gains, Plan For the Future (link) – The Lo-Down; March 25, 2011.
New Report Looks at Asian Population in Chinatown and Beyond (link) – The Lo-Down; February 25, 2011.
NY’s Asian Immigrants Missing Social Services – Crain’s; February 24, 2011.
Community Wants Input on Flushing Waterfront Development (link) – Queens Examiner, February 15, 2011.
Slumlords Nix Fixes to Raise Rents (PDF) – Daily News; January 31, 2011.
AAFE Opens “Youth Take Action” Green Conference (PDF) – World Journal; February 19, 2010.
Landlord Broke Building, Should Fix It, Tenants Say (link) – The Villager; September 16, 2009.
Landlord Didn’t Make Fixes to Essex Street Building: Now Displaced Tenants Are Feeling the Squeeze (link) – Villager; July 15, 2009.
60 Tenants Thrown Out as Chinatown Tenement Shut (link) – Downtown Express; August 14, 2009
Fight For Home: NY Immigrant Communities Struggle to Hang On (PDF) – AM New York; May 12, 2008.
Lower East Side Rezoning Plan Has Defenders (link) – New York Times (Chris Kui interviewed); April 7, 2008.
Chinatown Seeking a Rebirth (PDF) – Newsday; August 22, 2005.
Why It’s Wrong to Call Rezoning Plan Racist, by Chris Kui (link) – The Villager; August 6, 2008
Restoring Chinatown Apartments While Keeping Rents Low (PDF)- Downtown Express; June 5, 2008.
Son Shines For Parents: He’s Only 26 and His Salary is Modest But He Managed to Buy a Family Home in Brooklyn (PDF) – Daily News; October 27, 2008.
Chinatown Journey: From Protesters to Developers – New York Times; January 12, 2003.
What a Difference Two Decades Makes – New York Times; January 12, 1997
Blocs Battle to Draw Chinatown’s New Council Map – New York Times; April 30, 1991.