Justice for Allison Liao

On October 6, 2013, three-year old Allison Liao was crossing Main Street in Flushing, New York hand-in-hand with her grandmother, Chin Hua Liao. They had the walk signal and were in the crosswalk.

Ahmad Abu-Zayedeh was driving north on Cherry Avenue and made a left turn. He claims to have not seen anyone in the crosswalk.

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A Different Chinatown

This is a Flushing-bound 7 train. Your next stop is… Beijing.

I don’t need to tell you about Manhattan’s Chinatown. You’ve been there, or you’ve seen it in films or on television. New York’s oldest Chinese enclave is an amazing place. From the open-air fish markets to the cavernous dim sum palaces, it’s unlike anyplace else on the island. But from the high rents to the throngs of tourists, you never forget you’re in Manhattan.

Ride the train an hour from Canal Street and everything changes.

Getting off the 7 train at the end of the line puts you right on Main Street in Flushing, Queens. On a Wednesday afternoon, the area was bustling. People hurried between shops and restaurants, vendors handed out fliers, and cars and buses jockeyed for room on the street. Save for scattered English signage, it would be easy to believe the train out of Manhattan took you to a different country rather than a different borough.

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