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Celebrating Community Anchors Across the Five Boroughs

Celebrating Community Anchors Across the Five Boroughs

Celebrating Community Anchors Across the Five Boroughs

Places connect us to the past, host community and cultural traditions, and keep local environments distinctive. Place Matters was founded in 1998 by City Lore to identify, promote, and protect treasured places in New York City.

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Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

We are shocked and devastated to learn the extent of the damage to 70 Mulberry Street, a local landmark in Chinatown's cultural landscape.  Home to the archive and research center of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), as well as beloved neighborhood organizations including the Chinatown Senior Center, Chen Dance Center, Chinatown Manpower Project (CMP), and United East Athletics Association (UEAA), the historic structure was critically damaged in last week's five-alarm fire, which ripped through the upper floors and led to the roof's collapse.

 

As MOCA continues to receive information from city officials, they are preparing for the possibility that the collection is severely damaged or lost. They have recovered back-ups of 35,000 objects digitized from their collections, and are on call and ready to enter upon notification the building is safe. The museum team anticipates a long road ahead to recovery. You can help their fundraising efforts here.
 
 
 
They are thankful for the outpouring of support, thoughts and prayers during this time, perhaps the most challenging their our 40-year history.
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