ExploreChinatown Newsletter
Celebrations continue this weekend in Chinatown. Maybe you'll unofficially spot a lion dance. Support the neighborhood by dining indoors or outdoors, and shop local/small. Wear a mask, social distance, and have fun time with your family and friends!
Snow Alert for Thurs, 2/18, beginning 5AM

  • Roadway Dining and Open Streets Suspended Thursday; Sidewalk Dining May Continue (路邊用餐於星期四暫停。 人行道上的用餐可以繼續)
  • Alternate Side Parking Suspended Thursday, February 18, Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20; Meters will be in effect (紐約市交通局宣佈,換邊停車規則將於 2/18-20 暫停,以促進清除積雪。收費錶仍有效運行)

Based on current forecasts, the National Weather Service forecast calls for accumulations of 4 to 9 inches of snow, beginning early Thursday morning and continuing into Friday.

Trash/Recycling Collection
Trash and recycling collection will be delayed during snow operations. While residents may put material out at the curb following their normal schedule, snow operations take priority and delays are to be expected.

Guidance for Open Restaurants 
Open Restaurants roadway dining is SUSPENDED on Thursday, February 18. Sidewalk dining may continue. Additionally, restaurants should remove or secure furniture, and remove electric heaters. Remove the tops of structures if possible or regularly clear snow off of structures to prevent damage. The City will notify restaurants when they may reopen roadway seating for outdoor dining.

Snow Clearing Information
Property owners, including restaurants with outdoor dining structures, may NOT push snow into the street, including bike lanes. This impedes snow clearing operations and is illegal. Snow may be moved against the building, to the curb line, or areas on private property. Sidewalks should be passable for all pedestrians, including a minimum 4-foot clear path, where possible.

Weather info, visit www.weather.gov/nyc.

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Send words of inspiration for #WarmHeartsNYC (Submissions Due: 3/4/21)
Here are a few examples of what has been submitted so far:

  • “We have faced great hardships lately. However, our strength and love persist. It will only grow and expand if you continue to have faith and share kindness.”
  • “Hang in there guys! Be strong – Have faith – all NYC supports your uniqueness and diversity and are praying for your comeback in the near future.”
  • “The best is yet to come!!! You can do it!!!! We can help.” – “You are LOVED, You are STRONG, You are IMPORTANT, You are RESILIENT. Keep your head up and your heart open! We are all in this together, and we will get through this together.”
  • “Hang in there! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. You are essential to the vital color and fabric of NYC!”
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Conversation with Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, artist behind "I Still Believe in our City'' subway public art series: Video
Report an Incident of Discrimination
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our city has seen a 7x increase in reports of anti-Asian harassment. You have a right to live free of discrimination.

Report an incident of discrimination, call 311; call the NYC Commission On Human Rights directly at 212-416-0197; or report it online: https://on.nyc.gov/3qe1EyT.
Protect Yourself During Threatening Situations
FREE Stay Safe from Hate booklet:

  • Helps you to communicate calmly and de-escalate tense situations
  • Teaches you easy techniques to defend yourself physically, and
  • Shows you how to protect others using bystander intervention methods.

Join the Manhattan Community Board (Deadline: 2/22/21)
Community Boards are the independent and representative voices of their communities—the most grass-roots form of local government. The Boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods. More Info
Upcoming Events
February 1 - February 28

February 2 - February 21

February 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

February 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
NYPL 2021 Lunar New Year Events & Resources
This February, join the Library’s Lunar New Year celebration welcoming the spring and what it brings (planting and harvests, new beginnings, and fresh starts) with a selection of blog posts, online programs, resources, and more. More Info
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Important Health Info
  • COVID Alert NY - Voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. 自願,匿名,曝光通知智能手機應用程序。 如果您與檢測COVID-19呈陽性的人密切聯繫,則會收到警報。More Info

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Finder / COVID-19疫苗查找器 - One-stop site for New Yorkers to find their nearest COVID-19 vaccination location. The Vaccine Finder can also provide New Yorkers with information to schedule vaccination appointments. 紐約人可以找到他們最近的COVID-19疫苗接種地點的一站式站點。 疫苗查找器還可以向紐約人提供信息以安排疫苗接種約會。More Info

  • COVID-19 Testing Sites / COVID-19 测试站点 - Walk-in testing is available at no cost to you at these NYC Health + Hospitals locations. 您可以在这些纽约市健康与医院机构免费进行步入式测试。More Info