Arch angels: China has a gift for Sunset Park

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Meet Sunset Park’s newest Chinese immigrant.

Beijing’s Chaoyang District is donating a special arch to Sunset Park’s Little Fuzhou — America’s fourth largest Chinatown and the largest in New York City (take that, Manhattan).

“Beautifying our streets doesn’t mean just adding more green,” said Borough President Markowitz as he unveiled the planned paifang at his final state of the borough address last Thursday.

Markowitz said in his address that the street-crossing architecture — dubbed the “Friendship Archway” — was the success of Paul Mak, the president of the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association, and Winnie Greco, Borough Hall’s Chinese liaison.

A rendering of the arch shows the design spanning Eighth Avenue between 64th and 65th streets. The proposed arch will have nine roofs and four pillars, as is frequently used in imperial Beijing structures, according to the Beep’s press office.

Markowitz is still working out the details with City Hall and Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D–Borough Park), he said.

A spokesman for the Beep said that he couldn’t add any additional information at this time.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
That's so nice of China!
April 18, 2013, 6:24 am
diehipster from Shredding Shanes says:
Hey Mike "from" Williamsburg "but" actually from out of state:

The sarcasm is easily detected in your little comment - its probably related to our massive debt to China but regardless - you have absolutely no interest in this arch, the people its for, or the neighborhood it will be in. Why? Because this story is not related to (and I'm completely shocked at this paper) to some meaningless hipster project/event up in Bushpointburg.

I hope no twizzler-limbed bearded hayseed art poseur tries to input some of their pseudo "creativity" into this project.

Stay above the line!
April 18, 2013, 6:56 am
manposeur from brokeland says:
Ohhh!! Sorry Diehipster but us emaciated bearded urban lumberjacks & Zoey D clones in stockings & skirts will be milling about taking our instagrams and looking for new digs. Sunset Park here we come! YAH!
April 18, 2013, 8 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
If the Chinese want to beautify Sunset Park they should stop turning the lovely older homes they buy into plain brick boxes crammed with "apartments," stop building 12 story buildings in the middle of two-story rows and stop putting cheap chrome doors and fences on every structure. Also, stop turning every residential structure near an avenue into a commercial store with big open fronts, steps to the basement store and garage doors for closure. Witness, 60th Street between 5th and 9th Avenue, plus many surrounding streets.
April 18, 2013, 8:09 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Mr. Hipster, I was not sarcastic in the least. I appreciate gifts. I am aware of the debt to China, and considered adding something to that effect to my comment, but decided that it had no place in a comment meant to convey my appreciation for a gift. Manners. Ever heard of them?

And I do have an interest in the arch, the people it's for, and the neighborhood. I took the time to click on the article, read the article, then write a comment, didn't I? That's easily contrasted with how much interest I had in the lazy blog you used to run.

Mr. Hipster, I have noticed that being consistently wrong has not dissuaded you from continuing commenting. I have to wonder why. Why do you lack the shame that normal people have about being wrong all the time about everything?
April 18, 2013, 9:22 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Sorry, Mike. In case you haven't noticed, Die Hipster is trying to turn the BK Paper into his new blog. They are forming a symbiotic relationship. They put out crappy stories trying to troll him (like that toilet caper yesterday), and he chimes in with his tired mad-libs-esque routine. Ty argues back. Johnny H. and Pat I. play in like a couple of unemployed Howard Stern Zombies. Wash, rinse, repeat.
April 18, 2013, 1:23 pm
Brian from SheepheadsBay says:
Where else but in New York can one be emersed in so many cultures?
In response to those who criticizes China for buying US Gov debt, just imagine for a minute if in the next Fed auction the Chinese declines to aquire additional USTs. What would happen to rates? After all, the German Gov Bonds are looking very attractive now.
April 18, 2013, 2:13 pm
JAY from NYC says:
You call that a gift? I call it a likely zoning violation and a law suit waiting to happen when its cheap a** made-in-china crap falls on someones head,
Send it back and get a refund like one does for all gifts that suck.
April 18, 2013, 5:50 pm
Jack from Winsdor Terrace says:
Ching Chong and Jay your bigoted spiels are moronic and boring.
April 18, 2013, 7:44 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Looks nice.
April 19, 2013, 10:23 pm
zhu from yaw says:
April 21, 2013, 8:15 am
Mike from Pdx says:
They should look at the one on Portland Oregons Chinatown. This one sucks in comparison.
April 22, 2013, 8:18 pm
Jessie from SP says:
They should put it on the 4 story houses on the blocks with two story attached row houses - can someone say 'tacky ugly' in Cantonese? Can someone find the people responsible for the building codes violations? and the illegal apts housing 50 in a 6 bedroom house? Please, stop the proliferation of sheer bad taste!!!!
May 16, 2013, 1:15 am
teegee from district 38 says:
instead of an arch, let's worry about the impact the illegal rooming houses & basement apartments in sunset park will have on the overcrowding of schools, stress to the inadequate electrical supply wires to the community, and the overcrowding across the board. and since the illegal apartments are a "secret" the city can avoid planning to provide more services.
May 16, 2013, 8:06 pm

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