Chinatown Welcomes the Grand Opening of:
|Coffee Studio - 100 Lafayette Street |
(Authentic Coffee & French Pastries)
Opened just two weeks ago, Coffee Studio's owner John Tsang says his "3rd generation" coffee is the future of coffee. Unlike his competitor's coffee which are often over-roasted, his coffee are roasted just right using famous receipts from the Oregon and Seattle. The coffee beans are also home roasted right here in Brooklyn to guarantee it's freshness. Offerings in Coffee Studio includes but are not limited to Chai Tea, Latte, Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino, Jamaica Blue Mountain and an assortment of upscale French pastries such as macarons (only place to buy them in Chinatown). Coffee Studio is currently running a coffee promotion of buy one cup get second half off. And free trials of an assortment of different flavors of 4 oz yogurts.
Current Promotions in Chinatown
MIKA - / 150 Centre St. (Japanese Cuisine and Bar)
Serves hot and cold Japanese sushi and dishes. Have several different specials during happy hour.
China Village Restaurant
/ 94 Baxter St.
Lunch specials and winter special of lobster any style. Serves
various authentic Chinese cuisine.
New Beef King Corp. / 89 Bayard St.
Serves many delicious beef jerky in various styles. Great lean and healthy protein-packed snack for the winter cold.
Mercury / 43 Mott St.
Tons of cute bedroom appliances ranging from pillows, stuff animal and blankets. Sales going on right now. Great place to shop for gifts.
What Is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as "Spring Festival," the literal translation of the Chinese word 春节 (Chun Jie), owing to the difference between Western and traditional Chinese methods for computing the seasons. It marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western carnival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as 除夕 (Chu Xi) or "Eve of the Passing Year." Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the
Chinese calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Tibet, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year
celebrations of its geographic neighbors, as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction. These include Koreans (Seollal), and Bhutanese (Losar), Mongols (Tsagaan Sar), Vietnamese (Tết), and the Japanese before 1873 (Oshogatsu).
In countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday, many ethnic Chinese hold large celebrations and Australia Post, Canada Post, and the US Postal Service issue New Year's themed stamps.
Continue reading more about Chinese New Year on Wikipedia.
(Chinatown, New York City)
Local Events in Chinatown:
Year of the Dragon Firecracker Ceremony Monday, January 23 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Roosevelt Park between Grand & Hester Streets.
13th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
Sunday, January 29 from 11:30 a.m. - 4 pm, Canal Street South
|Discover the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a breath-taking National Historic Landmark located on New York City's Lower East Side (Chinatown).
Unlike a traditional museum, they offer an intimate, authentic portal to the past for people of all backgrounds. Step into the footsteps of the synagogue's immigrant founders. Explore digital displays. Discover how the immigrant experience transformed and continues to transform communities today.
Winter Green Festival: A Tu B'Shvat Celebration
Sunday, January 29 from 1-4pm
Story Slam: Love in the Time of Internet
Wednesday, February 9 at 8 pm
11am & 1pm on:
Saturday, January 14
Sunday, January 15
Saturday, January 21
Sunday, January 22
Saturday, January 28
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. Witness how the neighborhood transforms itself in preparation for the New Year and discover the characteristics that make this holiday unique.
Tours are rain or shine, so dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.
Ticket: $20/adult, $15/ student or senior (65+), $8 for MOCA members, Free for children under 5.Get your tickets online today!
New York Chinese Cultural Center Presents:
Lunar New Year Festival - Dances to Welcome The Spring
January 28, 2012
Address: Winter Garden, World Financial Center
200 Vesey St.
New York, New York
Arts & Craft:
Lunar New Year 2012: Decoding the Chinese Almanac
Sat, Jan 21 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm
What does the Year of the Dragon hold in store? Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac) return to decode the almanac's predictions for 2012 and share a range of New Year's traditions designed to protect your household.
$18/adult, $12/student, Free for MOCA members and seniors (65+). Each participant will receive a free copy of the Pocket Chinese Almanac (valued at $7). RSVP REQUIRED