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National September 11 Memorial held a gathering on November 16 at 2:30 p.m. as we stand united with France at the 9/11 Memorial, to pay tribute to those who were killed in the Paris terrorist attacks, those who were injured, and the first responders who confronted terror and tragedy with incredible bravery.

The gathering took place near the Survivor Tree on the Memorial.  Items of tribute such as flowers in blue, white, and red was distributed and many brought their own personal tributes to place at the Memorial.  There is no more fitting site to demonstrate the solidarity between our two nations




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MTA Bus Town Hall
Tuesday, November 17th @6:30 PM
Please join Senator Squadron at an MTA Bus Town Hall to address ways to improve busses in our neighborhood.  More Info
After Hours Tour & Wine Reception

PExperience our magical sanctuary after hours. We'll take you on a fun, behind-the-scenes exploration of our 1887 landmark, revealing the hidden history of this off the beaten path New York City treasure. Enjoy a wine reception with fellow tour-goers following the tour.  More Info
FOR FAMILIES: Tevye and the Great Turkey Scavenger Hunt!
Sunday, November 22  from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST)

A new tradition for fans of Fiddler on the Roof! The show is back on Broadway and we're celebrating Tevye and turkeys at Eldridge Street! Come make fiddle shaped challah, fiddler art, and follow a trail of fascinating clues all over the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue.  Tevye was on his way to New York at the end of the musical and in real life, most Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe came here too. A fun filled scavenger hunt reveals Eldridge's own special tale of giving thanks - not to mention a few feathers and a well hidden turkey! All this, plus prizes, surprises, and a rousing Fiddler sing-along with musicians Kathleen Fletcher and Julian Mesri. Tradition!  
After Hours Tour & Wine Reception

PExperience our magical sanctuary after hours. We'll take you on a fun, behind-the-scenes exploration of our 1887 landmark, revealing the hidden history of this off the beaten path New York City treasure. Enjoy a wine reception with fellow tour-goers following the tour.  More Info
Be a City Hero
  • Tuesday, November 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 24, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Become a City Hero by discovering ways you can make a difference for your city's environment.
Begin your environmental hero's journey as you discover how your choices and actions are connected to pollution and learn ways that you can help the environment & NYC.
Week 1: Water Pollution - discover what happens to water after you use it and learn ways to be smart with water
Week 2: Garbage and Recycling - explore what happens to all that city trash and learn how to make recycled paper
Week 3: Plant Life - make a self-watering terrarium and discover how plants help the environment (and how we can help the plants)
Week 4: Carbon Footprint - play a game to learn about how your energy choices make a carbon footprint (and how to shrink it)

Workshop series is FREE. Space is limited, so please register in advance at the library.  More Info
CONCERT: Litvakus with Dmitri Zisl Slepovich
Sunday, November 22  from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)

Led by acclaimed clarinetist, vocalist, and composer Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, Litvakus is a unique klezmer collective - the first to focus exclusively on the music and culture of Belarus. Enjoy their inspired repertoire of traditional Belarusian and Litvak (Belarusian Jewish) folk music, as well as contemporary pieces written in the spirit of roots music.  More Info
Community Board 3 Interstate Bus Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 pm
PS 124 - 40 Division Street
Community Board 3 supports permitting of designated bus stops for interstate buses to ensure safety for community members, including pedestrians and riders.
There are buses continuing to operate outside regulations creating safety and quality of life problems. Please join CB 3 in this town hall to clarify problems and help identify potential solutions.
Participating in panels will be NY Police Dept., Dept. of Transportation, Council Member Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
(in formation)
The town hall will conclude with an opportunity to hear from the public.
Chinese interpretation will be available.

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Empowering Young Women Through Fashion
Rebecca Reich and the
Greater Chinatown Community Association
Date: Saturday, December 5 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Transfiguration School/Church's
Auditorium/29 Mott Street

* fashion show of young tweens,
* makeup booth,
* treats and refreshments,
* new clothing & accessories from Coach and ilene Oren & Co, and other designers on sale for up to
80% off retail prices,
* new and like new clothing in girls' sizes 8-16 and more, on sale at our "Dollar Bazaar"
* panel of professional women to provide career guidance
Asian Americans Add to Diversifying New York Fire Department

Danny Chan knew he didn't want to carry a gun anymore. That's how he felt after returning home from two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, despite having passed the test to become a New York City police officer in 2007.  More Info
Second Generation Chinese Share Stories of 'Jook Sing'

A hundred or so Chinese who grew up in New York's Chinatown gathered at the Museum of Chinese in America on November 1 to listen to Jean Lau Chin, the founder of the New York Chinatown Oral History Project,  talk about the stories about "jook sing," or second generation Chinese that she collected via the project. Common memories of Chinatown, the discrimination and identity confusion they experienced as well as their routes toward self-confidence and career success drew the audience to the speaker. They also turned the Q &A session into a passionate and emotional story sharing time.  More Info
New Agency Created to Serve Veterans in NYC

New York City is starting a new government agency dedicated to veterans amid criticism that they were being underserved.

The Department of Veterans' Services will help veterans get access to health benefits, mental-health services and jobs, city officials said. City Hall estimates about 220,000 veterans live in the city.  More Info
Wo Hop's Chinatown survival secrets: Chop suey, cheap rent and a 21-hour day

Ming Huang, who is 45 years old and now runs the eatery, says his uncle started Wo Hop. He attributes the longevity of Wo Hop to several factors. It serves what Huang calls "old-fashioned chop suey style food. Americans like this style and not very many restaurants in Chinatown sell it anymore."  More Info
The Lost Arcade, a Documentary About the Famous Chinatown Fair, Premieres This Month
By Tim Bowman /

A new film about one of the most historic arcades in the world makes its debut in New York.
"The Lost Arcade" premieres on Nov. 14 and 18 at the DOC NYC documentary film festival.  More Info

Do you know how to roll or make noodles? Come & enjoy the new AA Ramen Noodle at
45 Bayard St: BBQ; cold drinks; dumplings

Emu from Down Under on 11 Mott Street

Between 1839 and 1860, the violence of the Opium Wars drove many Chinese people to seek new lives in the U.S., drawn by the California Gold...
1896-1906: San Francisco's Chinatown /A vibrant community, before the fire 
Between 1839 and 1860, the violence of the Opium Wars drove many Chinese people to seek new lives in the U.S., drawn by the California Gold Rush and opportunities to work on the Transcontinental Railroad.

Settling in cities along the west coast before spreading eastward, Chinese immigrants congregated in distinct communities, which became known as Chinatowns. These areas eased the assimilation process for Chinese people into a new country. Today, many still exist as cultural and commercial hubs, and historical sites.

The Chinatown area of San Francisco was well documented by photographer Arnold Genthe. Genthe emigrated from Germany to San Francisco as a tutor to a wealthy German family. When his contract expired, he stayed in San Francisco and opened a photo studio. 
Genthe was fascinated by Chinatown and took hundreds of photographs of the area and its inhabitants. He used a small camera and sometimes captured his subjects covertly. He later cropped some of his images to remove western references.  
These images are some of the few that remain of Chinatown prior to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Stored in a bank vault, Genthe's photos had survived the disaster. 

The photographer rebuilt his studio and continued to work in and around San Francisco until 1911, when he moved to New York.  Read article at source.

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