The Jailscraper vs. Chinatown: NYC Residents Fight Construction of World’s Tallest Jail



Residents of New York’s Chinatown are speaking out against the construction of a new megajail in the neighborhood that would be a third as high as the Empire State Building, which would likely make it the tallest jail in the world, if finished. The so-called jailscraper is part of an $8 billion plan to build new jails across the city in order to retire the infamous Rikers Island facility, but opponents say that money would be better spent on social services, harm reduction and other initiatives that would better serve the community. Jan Lee, co-founder of the community group Neighbors United Below Canal, says Chinatown residents are interested in “creating a more humane environment for those who are incarcerated.” We also speak with Christopher Marte, who represents the area on New York City Council, and Jon Alpert, co-founder of the community media center DCTV, based in Chinatown for half a decade, who has been documenting the struggle.

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32 Comments

  1. LOL..this is why we have the PANDEMIC fund schools housing healthcare and SOCIAL SERVICES for those who are DYSFUNCTIONAL and TRAUMATIZED due to SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION…DAMN you KNUCKLEHEADS!

  2. If we pay everyone living wages, invest in our schools, including mental health services, offer heath and dental, and boost community centers, we might not need prisons.

    Isn’t this what our taxes should be for?

  3. They'll spend billions on a massive jail but not on getting addicts free treatment and mental health treatment. Because they are too ignorant to understand how to actually bring in more revenue. Drug addicts cause more crime but a person in recovery can get a job and get their life back in track.

  4. 🙄 sounds like it’s okay to me to have this in your communities. So when they try to build it in ours are you going to protest against it?

  5. NYC REALLY DOOMED NOW. COP IS MAYOR. IDIOT DEM GOV. AIRHEAD ALL SMILEY AS SHE TELLS US CRIME INCREASING BUT NOT SO MUCH. ALL LIARS TOTAL HIPOCRITS!!!!! JUST FACTHUGE JAIL NEEDED TELLS US CRIME SURGING. AS USUAL OUR DUMB GOV. DOES THE ALL OR NOTHING RE VERY SUCCESSFUL FRISK SEARCH THAT MADE NYC WALKABLE LIVEABLE. AND OF COURSE SICK COPS LOVED TO ABUSE IT. SO THEY USED THAT TO RID PROGRAM. SOOO AS WE SEE NOW ATTACKS BY ARMED ANGRY INSANE SURGING. EVERYWHERE. I GET REALLY MAD AT DEMOCRACY NOW. LOVE IT BUT DO SLANT NEWS AT TIMES LIKE SAYING 2022 HAD MOST PEOPLE KILLED BY COPS. ONLY IN LAST SAY 6BYEARS ABUSE BY COPS ACTUALLY ADDRESSED BY MEDIA. THIS ISSUE AS OLD AS SLAVERY WHEN COPS EVOLVED FR BOUNTY HUNTERS. I WOULD THINK NUMBER OF BLACK PEOPLE KILLED DISAPPEARED BY INSANE RACISTS CORRUPT COPS ENTIRE PRECINCTS. THIS WAS VERY VIOLENT RACISTS COUNTRY NOT THAT MANY DECADES AGO. THANK GOD U R COVERING THIS MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE. SMART PEOPLE HAVE TO COME TO TERMS WITH FACT DEMONS R RUNNING THE SHOW. WE R PLANET OF SUBHUMANS . THOSE WHO SCREAM HUMAN RIGHTS AS THEY EAT THEIR WHOPPER. TITAL HIPOCRICY SO CAN EXPECT NO GOOD OUTCOMES.

  6. Seems that there’s not enough public interest because New Yorkers are being mugged and attacked by criminals. It’s just a free hotel because criminals are let go nowadays thanks to the humanity constituents.
    The protest is in their property values going down.

    The humanity spin is disingenuous considering chinatown is full of human trafficking hubs. Humane places belong to humane people, not child molesters, armed robbers and murderers.

  7. Eric Adams has clearly utterly lost his way and gone back to his ultra pro cop positions. Once a cop, always a cop.

  8. USA is Jail capital of the world, investing in Jail instead of investing in people and prevent needs for jails…and you say you are advance nation…the most salvage nation in the world will not do this

  9. This is how democracy is in US.
    Same things happened in CA…..
    This is what happens when you vote In democrats who tells most of the time lies

  10. I appreciate how this community takes care of their seniors 👍 I wish the US took better care of their seniors 😢

  11. these officials have been watching too much adult swim trying to mimic superjail so badly! The Jetsons' Hover cars complex much?

  12. Well, you gotta commend them for action and protest, but they are wasting their time. No money, no voice. That is why they are building in poor areas. Not rich conservative areas. Money talks, poor as hell runs the marathon.

  13. Build freaking jails in the desert in the west . No people there . Leave china Town alone

  14. This jail scrapper will be symbolic of what is going to happen to the rulers of America: It will be big enough for all of their buts to be thrown in for robbing and taking advantage of the people.

  15. And only blacks and Latinos will be housed in these jails! Another form of slavery oppression

  16. To bad you China ppl, has not ever stand for any other group, Chinese will be getting locked up too..

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