AAFE in the News


Flushing councilwoman, Asian Americans for Equality announce low-interest loans available for homeowners impacted by recent flash flooding – QNS.com; September 26,2022

Asian Americans for Equality to host back to school event in Jackson Heights – QNS.com; August 19, 2022

Back to school community event in Jackson Heights – Queens Gazette, August 17, 2022

These renters are buying new co-ops for $2500. How is that possible? – The Real Deal; August 2, 2022

Groundbreaking heralds arrival of affordable housing on eyesore corner in Chelsea – Chelsea Community News; July 31, 2022

New Chelsea co-op to sell $2,500 apartments to displaced residents – Crain’s; July 28, 2022

Affordable co-op coming to a blighted corner of posh Chelsea – Habitat; July 28, 2022

Affordable homeownership project will bring 26 new co-ops to a blighted Chelsea corner – 6sqft; July 27, 2022

Community leaders, city officials and residents break ground on affordable homeownership project in Chelsea – Real Estate Weekly; July 26, 2022

New affordable housing in Chelsea scheduled for 2023 construction – AM New York; July 26, 2022

A Chinatown night market is coming to NYC this summer – Time Out; April 26, 2022

Businesses destroyed in Flushing blaze can tap into newly established emergency loan fund – Astoria Post; March 23, 2022

$1 million loan program set up after Queens fire destroys more than 30 small businesses – NBC New York; March 22, 2022

Flushing organization launches $1M emergency loan fund to aid small businesses displaced in Main Street fire – QNS.com; March 22, 2022

Asian Americans for Equality introduces proposal to build transitional housing in Flushing – QNS.com; January 12, 2022


Asian Americans for Equality celebrates groundbreaking for East Village Homes; New York Real Estate Journal, Dec. 3, 2019

Groundbreaking held for new affordable housing development in East Village; The Villager, Nov. 18, 2019

Empty East Village lot will get 45 affordable homes; Patch, Nov. 15, 2019

AAFE celebrates opening of new Flushing Youth Center and Digital Lab; QNS, Oct. 10, 2019

Queens nonprofits receive cash infusion ahead of 2020 census; Queens Eagle, Aug. 20. 2019

City Council distributes funding to three Queens organizations to obtain a complete count in the 2020 census; QNS.com, Aug. 15, 2019

New community center to open in downtown Flushing; Flushing Post, Aug. 2, 2019

AAFE opens new community center at One Flushing; Queens Ledger, July 31, 2019

Loans, new app launch to help East Village small businesses; Patch, July 31, 2019

Asian Americans for Equality opens Flushing HQ; Queens Daily Eagle, July 29, 2019

Nonprofit’s new Flushing HQ offers senior center, immigration aid; Patch, July 26, 2019

‘Affordable’ plan to replace Chelsea buildings sparks debate; Patch, May 22, 2019

AOC celebrates new Jackson Heights community center; Queens DailyEagle, April 19,2019

Ocasio-Cortez, locals celebrate new Queens social service center; Patch, April 17, 2019

Asian Americans for Equality opens new Jackson Heights service center; Queens Daily Eagle, April 12,2019

Queens non profit helps local residents obtain U.S. citizenship; Queens Daily Eagle, April 3, 2019

Non profit group, Asian Americans for Equality, opens new office on 84th Street; Jackson Heights Post, March 22,2019

One Flushing affordable complex officially opens; Queens Ledger, Feb. 27, 2019

Flushing affordable housing complex opens; 84,000 applications for 231 units; Flushing Post, Feb. 22, 2019

City officials and residents celebrate official opening of One Flushing multi-family housing development; Feb. 22, 2019

Rundown Chelsea buildings to be replaced with affordable homes; Patch, Feb. 22, 2019

Formerly homeless man one of first residents of One Flushing project in Queens; NY1, Feb. 21, 2019

New affordable housing complex opens in Flushing; Patch, Feb. 21, 2019

Jackson Heights group launching free business education program for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs; QNS.com, Feb. 12, 2019

Flushing organization awarded $40,000 Spectrum digital education grant; QNS.com, Feb. 7, 2019


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.

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.

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.

Older Stories
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.

Public Lives: Fighting a Happy Image of Self-Sufficiency – New York Times; March 6, 2001.

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.

Chinatown Prepares a Shelter For the Temporary Homeless – New York Times; Nov. 23, 1986.


Why Asian Americans are moving to East Harlem – Bloomberg; February 3, 2023