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Chinatown Remembers - 9/11 Memorial Ribbons Chinatown Partnership at Live United Bridge Walk

Chinatown Partnership, Columbus Park

On September 10, Chinatown remembers the 109 Asian American victims of 9/11 and honors them with traditional white memorial ribbons all around Columbus Park & Chatham Square in Chinatown.  Volunteers from AAARI, BMCC Leo Club, CleanStreet workers, Councilwoman Margaret Chin & Chinatown Partnership staff all pitched in and made this memorial event possible.  Especially honored were two fallen heroes Zack Zeng & Officer George Wong.  See the GALLERY or watch a short VIDEO.


Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

October 01, 2011:  One out of every five families in New York City struggle with pervasive and growing poverty. These vulnerable New Yorkers do not have the advantages of others in education, income and health - the basic building blocks of a good life. This, in turn, hinders their ability to fulfill their potential as human beings and productive community members. Participation in the Bridge Walk will raise awareness about critical needs in our city and what we can achieve when we all work together toward sustainable solutions.

  Ultimate New York City Chinese Food Glossary     Statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen Unveiled in Chinatown  


There are a lot of Chinese restaurants in New York - you could spend years just trying to sample the good ones. But, if you don't want to look like a dope around your food nerd friends, there are a few basic restaurants, dishes, chefs, and restaurateurs that you need to know about. Here now, a Snob's Guide to New York Chinese food, in glossary form.

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Columbus Park, Chinatown

Sun Yat-sen (12 Nov 1866 - 12 Mar 1925) was a Chinese doctor, revolutionary and political leader. As the foremost pioneer of Nationalist China, Sun is frequently referred to as the "Father of the Nation" (國父), a view agreed upon by both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China. Sun played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty during the Xinhai Revolution. Sun was the first provisional president when the Republic of China was founded in 1912 and later as a co-founder he served as its first leader.
Read more about Dr. Sun Yat-sen at WIKIPEDIA.


Spring Up to Clean Up:
Earth Day in Chinatown

Earth Day in Chinatown! Get out your calendars and spread the word: Sunday, April 22nd is Chinatown Business Improvement District's (BID) inaugural Spring Cleaning Day. Flowers are blooming, so let's get business booming by beautifying Chinatown. Come together with your friends and family to revitalize our community.

WHERE: Columbus Park
REGISTRATION: Please sign-up to clean up HERE

Mother's Day Performance @ Carnegie Hall - May 13th

Celebrate this Mother's Day With Tickets to Performances by Master Pianist Tian Jiang as he Commemorates Isaac Stern's 1979 China Visit

33 years after Isaac Stern's China visit, Tian Jiang will perform in Carnegie Hall at Stern Auditorium, commemorating Mr. Stern's memory- a concert for America's youth, to help and inspire them with the power and beauty of classical music -- just as Tian himself was inspired by its power and helped by Isaac Stern.  Read more HERE.

A mysterious and exotic view of Chinatown

Alluring and unorthodox, Chinatown was already a big tourist attraction for out-of-towners as well as slumming-it city residents in the early 1900s.

This postcard, dated 1911, really plays it up. The front shows Mott Street; that's the Port Arthur restaurant, opened in 1897. The back of the card reads: "Here are located the joss houses, the civil offices of the colony and lodging houses and restaurants, the gambling rooms and opium-smoking dens."

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Dragon & Lion Dances at Pearl River Mart

Sunday February 5th, Pearl River will host a traditional Chinese LION AND DRAGON DANCE to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Master Wan's martial arts groups will delight audiences of every age with authentic acrobatics and dazzling costumes. This event is FREE for all.

All events will take place at
Pearl River Mart, 477 Broadway between Grand and Broome Streets.For more details, click HERE.

Chinatown Restaurant Week - Registration Begins for Businesses to Participate!

Business Businesses Businesses can now sign-up to Participate in Chinatown Restaurant Week, which lasts from March 9-18.

Restaurants and businesses based in Manhattan's Chinatown are encouraged to participate in the excitement which promises to entice food enthusiasts and visitors with a 10 day celebration of Chinese food offered at a great price.

Register your business HERE.

Lunar New Year Celebration and Fashion Show

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with "Asian In NY" on
Saturday, February 11th at the Bennett Media Studio. It will be a night of flare and excitement with opportunity to network with good people, see phenomenal performances including 2 Fashion Shows, and enjoy the great vibe! Don't miss a momentous time

Click HERE to purchase your discounted tickets!

Free Zumba Fitness Workshop at Chinatown
Lunar Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That's exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It's an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance that's moving millions of people toward joy and health.

Chinatown Sports Club is currently offering new Zumba session for spring 2012!

Registrations are open for Zumba spring class and all the fitness classes are open to the public.

Get Your Tea Here: Sun's Organic Garden in Manhattan's Chinatown

For serious devotees of Chinese and Japanese tea-and for curious tea drinkers who want to learn more-it's surprisingly hard to find a retailer in Manhattan with both quality selection and helpful service. Sure, you can get some decent Dragonwell at plenty of merchants, but most in this city cater to the Western-style milk-and-sugar set. Not so at Sun's Organic Garden, a source for specialty tea and exotic herbs in the heart of Chinatown.

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Year of the Dragon: Birth Rate Spike (Daily News)

When Lunar New Year is celebrated later this month, it will usher in the auspicious Year of the Dragon - and maybe a bumper crop of babies. "I would say the birth rate will go up because of the symbol," Chinatown Partnership executive director Wellington Chen said last week. The dragon is the most powerful of the 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac, which assigns an animal to each year. Korean and Vietnamese astrology also mark 2012 as a dragon year.

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Experience The Gentle Flowing Movements of Tai Chi

Treat your whole body to a gentle and relaxing workout. Bring your own towel--everything else is supplied. Purchase a 10-class punch card, valid for 90 days, for $120 ($12/class), or drop in to any class for $15. Purchase right before class in the studio, or order in advance. See Details

New York Chinese Cultural Center Open House

Watch what students have learned so far in NYCCC. NYCCC's Students have taken classes in Chinese Folk Dance, Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Acrobatics, Chinese Language, Ballroom Dance, Paper Cutting, Calligraphy, and more! Saturday, December 17, 2011

Year of the Dragon: FireCracker Ceremony
Monday, January 23 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Roosevelt Park between Grand & Hester Streets.  Come join us in Chinatown as we celebrate Chinese New Year with one of the oldest Chinese traditions and an original Chinese invention, firecrackers. The Chinese believes firecrackers brings good fortune and keeps away bad omens with it's loud and explosive pops.

Growing Pains: An Evening with Funny & Smart Ladies
What: Come celebrate MoCA's 3rd birthday at 215 Centre with funny and smart ladies of Asian American theater.

WhenSept 29
Where: 215 Centre St.


LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk (Brooklyn Bridge)
Your participation will raise awareness about critical needs in our city and what we can achieve when we all work together.

WhenOct 01

Where: Brooklyn Bridge
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Hester Street Fair: Food, Shopping, Fun & Games
WhatStreet fair in Hester Street Playground featuring local craft, food & vendors.  Every Saturday at Hester Street.

Oct 08  10am – 6:00pm
Hester & Essex Street


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Family Day
Join MOCA for a day-long series of activities in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (中秋节).

WhenSept 10  10am – 5p.m


Dumpling Festival & Eating Contest
3rd Annual Tang's Natural New York City Dumpling Festival is coming and it has got your dumpling fix covered.

WhenSept 17 
12pm – 5p.m
Where: Sara D Roosevelt Park

Hester Street Fair: Food, Shopping, Fun & Games
WhatStreet fair in Hester Street Playground featuring local craft, food & vendors.  Every Saturday at Hester Street.

WhenSept 3  10am – 6:00pm
Hester & Essex Street


Fortune Music: Buddhist Music & Dance Performance

YBCI is hosting a fabulous Buddhist music performance event "Fortune Music" in P.S 124 Yung Wing School

WhenSept 25  2pm - 5pm
Where: 40 Division St.


Autumn Moon Festival & Performances
WhatTraditional Chinese performances by adult & children's dance groups, Calligraphy, Martial Arts and much more!

WhenSept 17 
4pm – 8pm
Where: Cultural Center


Chinese Chess Tournament at P.S. 124
Free event, first come first served seating basis. Hosted by the United East Athletics Association, Inc. Open competition.

WhenSept 18  Noon - 5pm
PS 124

    February 4th: Celebrating Lunar New Year - At the MET, there will be performances, interactive gallery activities, and art-making workshops for all ages. All programs & performances are free with Museum admission. The cafeteria will also be celebrating Lunar New Year with a traditional Chinese menu including soy sauce chicken, pork buns, and more. All are welcome.   
      The Free Chinatown Food Tour (tip & food costs not included) will take you through Chinatown to sample tasty fried dumplings, tapioca bubble tea, taro-filled sticky buns, candied crabs and much more. The tour has been designed to provide visitors with excellent insight into the neighborhood's culinary possibilities. Take a pan-Asian culinary and cultural journey without leaving Manhattan. Phone: 646-450-6831  Email:  
      January 28th: Lunar New Year Festival at the Children's Museum of the Arts
Asian American Arts Centre is pleased to announce its annual "Lunar New Year Celebration", this year in collaboration with the Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) at its brand new spacious facility. The celebration features many special events and activities full of fun and cheer.
      January 29th: Chinese New Year Celebration Performance  1pm: Lion Dance and tea in the Chinese Scholar's Garden, 2pm: Performance by the New York Chinese Cultural Center in the Music Hall. Performances will include: Handkerchief Dance, Miao Dance, Men's Drum Dance, Mongolian Dance, Tibetan Dance, Monkey King with 4 Little Monkeys. Snug Harbor Cultural Center.  
      January 28th: New Year Performance of Dances to Welcome the Spring:  At the Winter Garden, 200 Vesey St. between 1:00pm to 4:00pm Usher in good fortune and celebrate the Year of the Dragon-the most auspicious animal of the Chinese Zodiac-with performances, interactive gallery activities, and art-making workshops for all ages.  
      Lunar New Year Party at the Hester St. Collabrative:  On January 26th, join HSC to celebrate the New Year at their annual Lunar New Year Party! 5:30pm design activities for children in the HSC workshop. 7pm drinks and hors d'oeuvres. HSC will also be unveiling the 5th annual installation of Lunar New Year lanterns, in nearby Sara D. Roosevelt Park! Start Time: 5:30pm, End Time: 10pm   
    Visit the restored homes of two Eastern European Jewish families who lived in 97 Orchard Street at the turn of the 20th century, when the neighborhood was the most densely populated place on earth. See how the Levine family operated a garment factory in their own apartment, then pay a shiva (bereavement) call to the Rogarshevsky family as they mourn the loss of their father from the "tailors' disease."  See More Info  
      Searching for the Perfect Roast Pig in Chinatown - By: JP Bowersock in The Lo-Down:  ...there's something magic about simple crispy skinned roast pig when done well. Peter told me his favorite place for roast pig had just closed. I said he ought to hit my favorite place, Hsin Wong (72 Bayard St). That's when he dropped a bomb on me: that was his favorite place as well!  Continue Reading  


    6 Reasons to Drink Tea:  Strengthen your immune system, prevent tooth decay, build stronger bones, protect your heart, eliminate body fat, boost memory and reduce your risk of cancer.  Visit TenRen's tea in Chinatown for a tea testing or tea ceremony
TenRen's Tea / 75 Mott. Street, NY 10013  Phone: 212/349-2286   Business Hours - 10A.M. - 8P.M.
    Got a broken video game system? No need to waste your hard earned money on a new one, come to one of the most unique Chinatown based repair shop that specializes in video game system repairs such as PS3, XBOX 360, Nintendo, and all handhelds game systems. Guaranteed to have the lowest repair rates and friendliest service in New York City, they are currently offering special discounted holiday prices on all repairs.  Address: 25A Essex St.  Phone: 917-338-0645    
    CFG Boutique has an outfit for every occasion. From evening dinner parties to weddings and everyday wear. Conveniently located in Chinatown on 217 Centre Street, the vibrant boutique specializes in traditional Chinese outfits and Asian inspired motifs. With their experienced tailor (of 40 plus years) they can even make to measure and customize any outfit to your liking. 
Phone: 917-237-0688 
      From "To be clear, you'd probably never find this place without our assistance, a nose for guacamole or prior knowledge of the devious Doyers Street cocktail den known as Apotheke (same brain trust, same block). So if you're thinking mezcal flights and mole duck enchiladas might interest you in the future, listen up. "
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    Grand Opening:  $5.75 lunch specials & affordable authentic Chinese seafood dishes, great for hosting a small dinner party or treating friends to that meal you promised for so long.

Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant / 42 Bowery St., New York, NY 10013 / 212-233-8666
Open 7 Days a Week - 11am - 11pm 
      This new Chinese bakery that just opened on 47 Catherine street offers a wide variety of Chinese buns, huge selection of an assortment of Chinese bakeries, egg tarts, drinks, cakes and more. Their special right now is $1 for 2 egg tarts, which is the lowest price you will find in Chinatown!   
      ExploreChinatown Welcomes the Grand Opening of Wonton Noodle Garden at 56 Mott St. (212-966-4033) About: Explore a variety of Chinese food including 60+ different types of noodles, Congee, Wonton, Dumplings, Dim Sum, casseroles and one of the largest (30 kinds) selection of Chinese macoroni in this new restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown.  
      ExploreChinatown Welcomes the Grand Opening of Oh Two Five at 43 Bayard St (646-872-3693).  About: "Rock Scissor Paper, Rock Paper Scissor, 가위바위보, 石头 剪刀 布, however you'd like to call it, OH TWO FIVE is what I call it!" Says the owner of this uniquely named dessert store, which sells a variety of drinks, snacks and of course yummy desserts.  
      ExploreChinatown Welcomes the Grand Opening of Amerigroup at 28 Bowery (866-242-0224). 
:  Amerigroup provides solutions for members who need a little help by making the health care system work better while keeping it more affordable for taxpayers.
      ExploreChinatown welcomes Sweetberry to the neighborhood. Check out this new store's assortment of yogurt flavors, ready to take with you on the go as you explore the area. Plus, get a free iPhone case with select purchases. A one stop shop to razzle your taste buds, and dazzle your phone.  See photo of the new store here:  1, 2, 3.  Store location:  34A Mott St.  

New York as you've never heard it before! Prominent New Yorkers describe their favorite works of art & culture, architecture, & city landmarks. Hear politicians, actors, artists, business & community leaders use Verbal Description to make New York's visual culture accessible to all—including people with visual impairments.


What are Vietnamese Fried Squid?  This week, chef Chris Bradley of the new restaurant Untitled at the Whitney takes a trip down memory lane as he speaks of his love for Nha Trang in the Vietnamese section of Chinatown.  Read HERE.


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Welcome Giants Fans! Come Celebrate the Victory in Chinatown & Little Italy

With a huge selection of authentic cuisines such as:  Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Sichuan, Malaysian, Japanese
& Various others, our neighborhood is a place like no other and will sure give you an experience you won't soon forget! 

Come at, play, and shop at the Original Jewelry District, plus much more!

Come See What Chinatown Has to Offer, if you have any questions about
Chinatown or Little Italy please call us at: 
Call (212) 346-9288


The Giants Victory Celebration Parade Ends in Chinatown, See Parade Route Map:

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Chinese Lunar New Year Parade 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival at Columbus Park - September 10, 2011

New York's Unique and Colorful Chinatown!
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