FIRE AT 70 MULBERRY STREET
The preliminary batch of Bocian’s photographs and artifacts chosen for this exhibition had been brought to the Center for Jewish History one week before the fire, sparing this small selection from potential ruin. Numerous additional items that had been planned for inclusion are now damaged or inaccessible. Several images on display in this exhibition were available only because they had been previously digitized by MOCA.
Muhammad Ali Negatives
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
Some photos and artifacts planned for inclusion had been temporarily moved into a MOCA staff office for convenient transport to the Center for Jewish History the following day. Materials in that area of the building were irretrievable. Among these items were strips of negatives with unprinted images of Muhammad Ali’s trip to Chinatown in 1974.
Noodle Shop Sign
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection
The large glass sign visible in these photos, salvaged by MOCA in 1992, was selected for this exhibition but was unable to be recovered from the building after the fire. A noodle factory founded at 75 Mott Street around 1927, Mee Heung Chow Main was a staple of the Chinatown community for over 60 years.