吉祥大廈 kut cheung mansion

2014.4.11 | 英皇道、七姊妹道、禮信街 king’s road, tsat tsz mui road , & nation street

過去數年,經過北角臨鰂魚涌,都禁不住唏噓。本來昂藏威風的吉祥大廈,越見凋零。財經新聞不絕有收購、強拍、改用地訊息。日前經過,看到還有兩家店鋪苟然殘喘;文具店開始做最後清場準備。

上世紀八十年代,曾在明報做暑期工電訊翻譯。當時報館就在吉祥對面馬路的工廠大廈。報人都愛下午茶咖啡奶茶,所以我也算吉祥咖啡室(1973-2012)的老主顧。

雖說「大廈」,吉祥實在是微型屋苑,因它共有四幢八層的唐樓組成。歷史五十年有多。翻查歷史,建吉祥前,這地址在1933年到五十年代,是國民漆廠(駱駝漆)的廠房。

here’s a common and pathetic scene in hong kong. old (walk-up) buildings at prime location are left vacant, as developers are trying to buy over the remaining few or deciding what, how and when best to tear down the property for redevelopment.

kut cheong mansion is actually consists of four eight-storeys high walk-up buildings. ground floor are commercial spaces. there were chinese bakeries, café, shops, chinese restaurant. this neighbourhood used to be busy and glorious in the last century as there were many industrial buildings around along with the residential area. I used to be a frequent visitor around here, as I took a summer job at ming pao daily news when it was based in north point, in an industrial building opposite kut cheong on the other side of the king’s road. kut cheong coffeeshop was where we got our afternoon fix then.

kut cheong

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