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Family fun in New York

By Jennifer Samudio (Chon.com)


The first time I visited New York I was 16 and excited about everything. It was so magical - the places I had seen on TV and in the movies came to life before my eyes. Instantly I understood why the city captivated the hearts of so many people.


This summer I returned as an adult and found even more reasons to fall in love with the Big Apple. Here's a guide to family fun in New York City.


In the neighborhood

I stepped off the subway and a medley of smells overwhelmed my senses - ginger, sesame, maybe a little garlic ... I had officially arrived in Chinatown (explorechinatown.com). Shops of all kinds lined the streets. In most of them you could see the typical New York tourist items: key chains, T-shirts, bags, postcards, as well as dragons, miniature fountains and even a few swords. My favorite part about shopping in Chinatown is the haggling. You can get a hoodie for $10 or a nice bag for $12 if you know what you're doing - the prices on the tourist items are hard to beat anywhere else in the city. I quickly managed to get all my souvenirs on one street and spent only about $30 on souvenirs for everyone back home. As I continued walking, the tourist shops turned into markets. There were exotic fruits and fresh vegetables, fresh fish markets with eels. Walking through Chinatown, I truly felt like I was visiting China.  


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Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum 

Discover the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a breath-taking National Historic Landmark located on New York City's Lower East Side and in 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.


Visit their website and check their upcoming September special events calendar here:  http://www.eldridgestreet.org/september



See, Eat, Explore Chinatown


Never forget. Come see the Ground Zero flag hang proudly on the corner of Mott & Hester St in Chinatown. On display until September 23.




One of the most famous roast meat dishes in Chinese cuisine, the Cantonese style Roast Duck (and Chicken), are available in restaurants all over Chinatown.  Most have these delicious treats hanging in store window displays.  If you like BBQ, you will love the Chinese roast duck.




Mulberry Street Mall 

Mulberry St Mall is officially open for business, north of Canal St. Open every weekend (Friday thru Sunday) until end of September. Come visit the many interesting shops and stalls.




May Wah Vegetarian

Pick up your vegetarian groceries @ May Wah Vegetarian, 213 Hester Street


Brief History:  May Wah Vegetarian Market was founded in 1994 as a small family business store located at the heart of Chinatown, New York City. After a decade of providing high quality vegetarian and consumer products, May Wah is now one of the largest distributors of vegetarian foods in New York State. Their mission is to serve health and happiness to customers with the best of vegetarian foods in terms of nutrition and taste. Today their continuous commitments contribute to the cultural awareness of health benefits in consuming vegetarian foods.  


Source: http://www.maywahnyc.com



86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro


The 86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro Begins Thursday, Sept. 13, and continues for 11 days through Sunday, September 23, 2012. The Feast is held each year to celebrate the martyrdom of San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples. The official Feast Day is September 19 and the Feast celebrates that day with a Celebratory Mass starting at 6 PM in Most Precious Blood Church, the National Sanctuary of San Gennaro. Immediately following the Celebratory Mass, the Statue of San Gennaro is carried out of the church and is carried by a team of the faithful through the streets of Little Italy where those attending the Feast are able to pin dollar bills on the Statue.

Although this is a religious Festa - the largest such festival in the United States - - it is also a festive occasion when Italian Americans, and people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds, can enjoy Italian cuisine at the local restaurants and cafes as well as at the more than 200 vendors who sell ethnic foods of all kinds, sell Feast and New York souvenirs, enjoy the amusement rides and the live musical entertainment that is presented daily on the Feast Performance Stage at the corner of Mott and Grand Streets.


One of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City and New York State, more than one-million attend the Feast each year. They not only come from the tri-state area but from countries all over the globe. Joe Mattone, President of the Board of Directors of Figli d San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro), the not-for-profit organization that has produced the Feast since 1996, says, "The Feast brings Little Italy to the world, and the world to Little Italy."

Figli di San Gennaro donates all its profits from the Feasts to local schools and organizations that feed and care for the needy, sick and the poor. To date, they have donated in excess of $1.8 million to charities.

The Feast is open daily from 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM on weeknights and to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.


Without labor nothing prospers...

                        - Sophocles
Chinatown Job Opening:
Cleaning Ambassador

Chinatown NY - Cleaning Ambassador


This is a Full-Time position, working 1st Shift, 2nd Shift, 3rd Shift, School Hours, Weekends, Summer.


From Block By Block: 
At Block by Block, we "hire for personality and train for skills." If you enjoy being outdoors, have an outgoing personality, like to smile and have a sincere desire to help others, apply today to join the winning team at Block by Block. Cleaning Ambassadors will provides a high level of visibility at the street level to carry out a wide variety of tasks to improve the overall appearance of the service district they are assigned to. 

Job Skills/Requirements
Manual Litter Collection Circulate through assigned work zone with a rolling can containing supplies and tools to take care of address the following tasks: - Painting street furniture - Removing litter, cigarette butts and other debris on sidewalks, street gutter, and alleys - Remove graffiti and posters from light posts, trash cans, news boxes and other public infrastructure - Pull isolated weeds - Damp wipe and straighten horizontal surfaces, such as trash can lids, news boxes and other inf...[click to read more]


Chinatown Deals

$2 deals on drinks at
Oh Two Five, 43 Bayard St, for their 1st anniversary.


Why go to Maine for Lobster Fest? Lobster special at XO Taste are affordable AND yummy! 41 Elizabeth St

Need a trim? Stop by Skill Hair Salon, 167 Hester St. Stylish hair care is now affordable too.

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
 to Open Marvels and Monsters:  Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 and Alt.Comics: Asian American Artists Reinvent the Comic Book 

September 27, 2012 through February 24, 2013

Recently donated to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collection,Marvels and Monsters is drawn from what is widely considered the world's largest archive of com
ic books featuring images of Asian and Americans, painstakingly collected over four turbulent decades (1940s to 1980s) by science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu. The compilation offers a unique glimpse into America's evolving racial and cultural sensibilities, as depicted by wartime images of racist propaganda and xenophobic anxiety over Chinese immigration to lasting archetypes which continue to define America's perception of Asians today.  


According to curator Jeff Yang, "All of the key elements that have shaped who we are as a people have occurred during this time: Pearl Harbor, Japanese internment camps, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, ethnic enclaves, the Asian American rights movement, and the economic rise of Japan and China. What Wu has done is to collect images shaped by political forces to tell a narrative of how America views Asians."


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