Community Resource Guide
Snow Storm Hits Chinatown Again
Support Chinatown this Valentine's Day Weekend and Win!
Shop and eat at participating Chinatown businesses this weekend and you can enter to win free prizes.
the latest series of snowstorms and the economic blows to the
community of the past few years, Chinatown and local merchants needs
your help. During this special weekend, come shop, eat or visit
participating Chinatown local businesses and you can enter free
drawings to win hotel stays, airline tickets and many more other
prizes, the more places you visit the more chances you get! It's a
win-win for you and for Chinatown.
Raffle Drawing Prizes:
Note: Prize List Subject to Change
1) St. Valentine's Swarovski Crystal - Courtesy of Mr. Zan Ng
2) Southwest Airlines (2) pair of roundtrip tickets to 48 States + PR, Courtesy of Southwest Airlines
3) Multiple Hotel suites, courtesy of New-A
4) Tea Parlor opening performance tickets, courtesy of Chen Dance Ctr
5) Thermal water bottles, courtesy of David J. Louie Insurance Company
6) Wrist-watch, courtesy of Golden Jade Jewelry
7) Wine, courtesy of Mr. William Su
8) One hour couples massage, courtesy of Forever Beauty Day Spa
9) 840+ pcs, 4-D Cityscape (NYC History Over Time puzzle), courtesy of Chinatown Partnership LDC
10) 10 Gift Cards to Haagen Dazs (Chinatown Store)
11) And More Prizes
The Second V:
are many different beliefs about the origin of the Lantern Festival.
However, it is likely to have had something to do with celebrating and
cultivating positive relationships between people, families, and
nature. Many cultural experts and historians consider this day as
the real Chinese Valentine's Day.
The Lantern Festival also known as Yuan Xiao Jie in China
is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar
marking the last day of the lunar New Year
During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns
and solve riddles on the lanterns (simplified Chinese
; traditional Chinese
It officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Learn More About Lantern Festival
|Eat Heart Shaped Rice Dish for Lunch on V Day|
What can be more romantic than bringing that special someone a heart shaped rice meal for lunch on Valentine's Day!
|Valentine's Day Movie: Beijing Love Story|
Different generations look at love, romance and commitment, all from a uniquely Beijing perspective. Chinese with English subs.
Opens Friday, Feb 14 at AMC Empire 25, 42nd Street (Manhattan)
|Valentine's Day Sushi & Seafood|
2/14 - Celebrate Valentine's Day At Mika Japanese Cuisine & Bar, 150 Centre St
Chef's Tasting Menu ($80 For Two-Five Course)
- Ika Sea Urchin Salad
- Sweetheart Lobster Tempura Roll
- Lover's Omakase
- Forever's Filet Mignon
- Sea Bass in Love
- Sweet Dream
- Ice Cream Tempura
- Special Valentine's Drink Cupid
Tequila, Pomegranate, Khalua, Hershy's Kiss
|Best Soup Dumplings NYC Chinatown 2014|
By Sara Guaglione
to know where to get the best soup dumplings in NYC's Chinatown in
2014? Read on for our comparisons of soup dumplings, also known as Xiao
Long Bao, and where to get the best ones in NYC's Chinatown in 2014!
Long Bao, commonly known as soup dumplings, are Shanghai's famous
soup-filled dumplings and many restaurants in NYC Chinatown have
attempted to make the best little pockets of deliciousness.
|Continue Reading|| |
Double Valentine's Day Comes but
Once Every 19 Years
This year's St. Valentine's Day and Chinese Lantern Festival
fall on the same day. To celebrate this special event, Chinatown
Partnership Local Development Corporation (CPLDC) will be holding a
"Double V Day Weekend" in Chinatown, Manhattan this weekend.
the latest series of snowstorms and the economic blows to the community
of the past few years, Chinatown and local merchants needs your help.
During this special weekend, come shop, eat or visit participating
Chinatown local businesses and you can enter free drawings
to win hotel stays, airline tickets and many more prizes, the more
places you visit the more chances you get! It's a win-win for you and
Look for this poster below on storefronts and display windows to find participating merchants:
Chinese Lantern Festival,
which is the last day of Chinese Lunar New Year, was considered the
"Valentine's Day" in ancient China, where girls only came outdoors
during the festivities, which made this day an ideal opportunity for
couples meetings and dates. The coincidence that Chinese Lantern
Festival shares the same day as St. Valentine's Day comes but once every
20 years! In light of this special day, CPLDC will hold a "Chinatown
Double V Day Weekend" lucky draw from February 14th to 17th with grand
at qualified stores and restaurants will grant you entries to the Lucky
Draw*. Winners will be drawn and announced live the next week at Mika
Japanese Cuisine & Bar, 150 Centre Street.
*Qualifying purchases vary by store/restaurant, participating businesses will have above poster on display.
To learn more about this event, please visit www.chinatownpartnership.org/DoubleV, or contact CPLDC:
Address: 60 St. James Place, New York, NY 10038
Chinese Lantern Festival 10th Year Anniversary Celebration & Photo Exhibition
February 15, 2014 (Saturday) at 1pm at
75 East Broadway
The United Fujianese American Association
hold the first session of the 10th US Eastern celebration activities
Lantern Festival with China-US diplomatic relations 35th Anniversary
The Spring Lantern Festival will
begin at 1pm, in which foreign diplomats, students, academic leaders and
community leaders have been invited to participate and speak. And then
there are literary and artistic performances, sweepstakes, and so on.
At 2pm, China and the United States established diplomatic relations
35th Anniversary Photo Exhibition will participate in a speaking forum
at the East Market Restaurant. At that time, Chinese and foreign
diplomats, students from Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and other
Chinese-American students will be speaking on-site about their thoughts
and perspectives on China and US relations and how things can improve.
They are looking for full participation and interviews from news outlets
and we look forward to seeing you there.
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
for a gift for your sweetheart, whether junior high, high school or
college, Elizabeth Center has what you're looking for that's available
nowhere else in Manhattan:
Text & Photo From: christinaofchinatown.com
you grew up in New York City, you would know that there were no
shopping malls to linger around in for hours with your friends. The
closest was Manhattan Mall around 34th Street. If you grew up in
Chinatown, the best thing you had to a shopping mall was Elizabeth
Center. An underground mall with anything Asian and anything adorable,
EC was a place to hide out when it was cold, cool off when it was hot,
and bring your date there to buy the latest stuffed animal.Read More
Yoga Class in Chinatown
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Haagen Dazs Valentine's Day Cake in Chinatown
Haagen Dazs PIANO LOVE valentine's day ice cream cake
8" size for $44.95 / 77 Bayard St (212) 571-1970
Lunar New Year Parade - Chinatown 2014
Celebrate Lunar New Year in Chinatown!
Image from dnainfo.com
How to Celebrate the Year of the Horse in Chinatown
CHINATOWN - As the Year of the Snake slithers away, Chinatown is getting ready to welcome in the Year of the Horse.
Lunar New Year on Jan. 31 is surrounded by weeks of celebrations, but
there's more happening than just the dancing lions and a firecracker
ceremony. Pop-up stores are offering deals on traditional gifts
including red money envelopes and clementine trees - a symbol of
prosperity - while Chinatown's restaurants are serving special menus for
New Year's revelers.
"To make it through the threshold of the
year is a big celebration," said Wellington Chen, the executive director
of the Chinatown Business Improvement District and the Chinatown
"It's very comparable to pre-Christmas - the food shopping is huge," he added. "The travel is huge."
born in the Year of the Horse are said to be energetic, clever and
talkative, though they can sometimes be stubborn. No matter your sign,
here's how to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown:
15th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
February 2, 2014 | Sunday | 1:00pm
Location: Starts at Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Chinatown/Manhattan
11 things to know about Lunar New Year
By Grace Huang, for CNN -
Red packets of money will change hands and dragon dances will roar
through the streets as people around the world, predominately of
Chinese descent, usher in the Year of the Horse.
Beyond the usual Lunar New Year traditions, however, is a holiday full of interesting quirks and customs. Continue Reading...
Chinatown's Wilder Lunar New Year Days Remembered
Downtown Express photo and Article by Sam Spokony
Chan, who now trains lion dancers for Chinatown's Lunar New Year
parades, said when he performed in the '70s, it was a "free for
all." With the Lunar New Year and its colorful costumes, pounding
drums and exuberant lion dances starting this week, Chinatown's
cultural leaders are preparing for yet another celebration through the
streets. Read More...
Pace University CI's Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 2nd, 2014,
The celebration will take place in the Schimmel Theater at 3 Spruce
Street from 1-3 PM and will include a traditional lion dance, martial
arts, instrumental performances, hip hop, crosstalk comedy, a special
performance by the United Nations Singers, and a raffle. If you would
like to attend please RSVPs at firstname.lastname@example.org
See 2013's Lunar New Year Parade to Find Best Location to Watch This Year's Parade
Parade along Mott Street, Chatham Square, and East Broadway, celebrating the Year of the Snake. Watch YouTube...
Chinatown BID 2013 Annual Report
"Chinatown is much more" - Meet Chinatown's entrepreneurs, read about
interesting CleanStreet stats, look at event photos, check out 2013's
highlights and much more.Download Now...
NYCEDC Announces RISE : NYC
This week NYCEDC announced
RISE : NYC, Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy, a
competition to identify and deploy new technologies to help small
businesses become more resilient to future storms, sea level rise and
other effects of climate change.Read More...
Who Says Dessert Can't Be Healthy?
Chinatown's latest bakery creation: Fresh fruit tart, with light custard.
Fay Da Bakery - 83 Mott St. Phone: 212-791-3884Bakery Website...
Free Citizenship Classes
Do you or someone you know want to learn how to become a citizen of the
United States? Sign up below for more information on free classes that
will be held once a week at Columbia University. Classes will start in
early February. The teachers will speak Chinese.Register Now...
|Chinatown Partnership proud to support Chinese Theatre Works at their 1000 Mile Horse Whisperer fundraiser.
Chinese Theatre Works (CTW) was created in 2001 out of the merger of two non-profit institutions with long histories of bringing
traditional and innovative, contemporary Chinese performing arts to
local New York City, national and international audiences. Read
more about them HERE
Photo by: Charles Eshelman
Photo by: Susan Soo
Business of Series Presents:
The Business of Restaurants: How the Eatery Industry Serves New York
Thursday, January 23, 2014
8:30 a.m. -
John Jay College of Criminal Justice 524 West 59th Street New York, NY 10019
The restaurant industry has seen explosive growth and has made a significant impact on New York's economy.
Crain's New York Business along with industry leaders will cover the hot topics:
- Restaurant grading: How the recent legislation eases some of the pain for restaurant owners.
- Paid Sick Days/Living Wages: How it may increase the cost of doing business.
- Labor Issues: From wage and hour lawsuits to finding good help and immigration reform and their impact.
- Staying Alive: How to balance the competition, demanding audiences and "staying fresh."
For more info, please
Lunar New Year Celebration 2014
January 25 & 26 / February 8 & 9, 2014
the Year of the Horse with the New York Chinese Cultural Center all
around the New York City! In 2014, NYCCC will stage our culturally rich
Lunar New Year Grand Celebration program which will cover two full
weekends at iconic cultural institutions in four boroughs and your
neighborhood. Celebrate the Year of the Horse with
colorful costumed Chinese folk dances, classical and Hip-Hop style Lion
dancing, and hands-on Chinese Arts & Crafts, all presented and
shared with you and thousands of fellow New Yorkers. Lunar New Year Celebration is the longest run and the largest celebration program in the East Coast for 28 consecutive years. All program are free with museums' suggested admission.
Saturday, January 25th, 2014, 2pm, Bronx Museum
Sunday, January 26th, 2014, 1pm-4pm, Queens Museum of Art
Saturday, February 8th, 2014, 1pm-5pm, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunday, February 9th, 2014, 2pm, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, $10/admission
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NYCares Coat Drive at P.S. 1
Penny Harvest was able to drop off over 100 coats, some hats,
scarves, sweaters, sweatshirts to the 5th Pct and expect to drop off
another shipment by this coming Friday. The staff
and children who helped felt so proud to be able to do something for
our city and were thankful to all the families who donated coats for
babies, toddlers, and adults. It was a great experience of
Rugelach Making Workshop
Wednesday, February 19 at 11am
how to make rugelach, the traditional Jewish pastry, with a range of
tasty fillings, including cinnamon, fruit and chocolate. Includes a
tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue.
More Info & RSVP - $20 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Lower East Side Side Super Stroll
Tuesday, Jan. 28 or Thursday, Jan. 30 at 1pm
honor of the Super Bowl we provide a Super Stroll. Whether you are in
town specifically for the Super Bowl or just plain in town, join us for
an old-fashioned egg cream and a knish from Yonah Schimmel at the
Eldridge Street Synagogue. Then visit landmarks of the Lower East side
neighborhood and discover some of the long-ago characters of the area:
gangsters and bankers, rabbis and rabble-rousers and more.
More Info & RSVP
- $25 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Meng Introduces Measure Aimed at Creating School Holiday
for Lunar New Year
Jan 13, 2014 - Press Release
Congresswoman sponsors resolution in Congress as Asian-American Community prepares to celebrate holiday
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) introduced a measure in Congress today that
aims to create a school holiday for the Lunar New Year, which the
Asian-American community is set to celebrate on January 31.
measure, a Congressional resolution, encourages local education
agencies serving a substantial Asian-American population to close
schools on Lunar New Year in recognition of the cultural significance
of the holiday. Local education agencies include entities that operate
public schools such as school districts, school boards and departments
New Year is celebrated by well over 8.7 million Asian-Americans in the
United States, as well as by many non-Asian-Americans," said Meng.
"It's the most important holiday of the year for the Asian-American
community, and Asian-American students should not be forced to choose
between celebrating with family or missing school. Students of many
other cultures and ethnicities rightly have off for the most important
holidays they observe, and kids who celebrate Lunar New Year should be
afforded the same."
Seasonal Walking Tour: Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown
Sat, Jan 25, 2014 from 11am - 12:30pm
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 from 11am - 12:30pm
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 from 1pm - 2:30pm
Sat, Feb 1, 2014 from 11am - 12:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays from Jan 25th to Feb 9th
11am-12:30pm & 1pm-2:30pm (only 11am on Jan 25th)
Join MOCA for a seasonal walking tour favorite! Lunar New Year is the
liveliest and most important celebration in Chinese culture and
Chinatown is the place to experience it. MOCA's walking tour takes
visitors through Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs
observed by Chinese households.
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member. Free for children under 5.
Advance reservation required. Purchase tickets online.
15th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival
Date: January 31st, 2014 | Friday | 11:00amLocation: Sara Roosevelt Park (Grand & Forsyth St.)On
Jan 31st, come watch the firecracker ceremony taking place at the SDR
Park. Come early to get a good spot around the perimeter of the park
and watch Chinatown leaders and elected officials light up the new year with the sound of firecrackers to Year of the Horse.
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