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Chinatown Gentrified

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2008_09_doyers.jpgTONY takes a look at the present state of gentrification in Chinatown (with Apothéke and White Star its newest additions). They get a quote from unapologetic gentrifier, Mr. Sasha Petraske, responding to cries that new bars have ruined the nabe: "'The only people who have the right to make statements like that are kids who grew up in Chinatown,' he says, speaking to the inconvenient fact that many of those who oppose gentrification are gentrifiers themselves, eager to protect the abstract notion of a neighborhood and era that they were never really part of. Petraske arguably kicked off the nightlife migration below Delancey in 2000..." [TONY]