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Delivery Restaurants' Exclusion of E. Harlem Stirs Racial Tensions

Sing Tao Daily, Posted: Nov 10, 2009

NEW YORK The refusal of two Chinese restaurants to deliver food to residents living beyond 15 blocks north of East Harlem has aroused racial tensions, according to Sing Tao Daily.

The two restaurants, Chinese Mirch and One Fish Two Fish, located in east Manhattan, are reported to have set a 15-block parameter to exclude areas that are predominantly Latino and African American, but made deliveries beyond 20 blocks to the opposite direction, where residents are predominately whites. Chen, a Chinese delivery worker with 7 years experience told the newspaper the act was not discriminatory, but for economic and safety reasons. He said Latino and African-American residents living in that neighborhood were very unlikely to give tips, and that they often refused to pay the full price. Chen also said a lot of delivery workers were robbed in the Harlem and Bronx areas but failed to report.

The New York City Human Rights Commission is conducting investigation into the restaurants practices, the newspaper reported.


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