New holiday lighting near Columbus Park and throughout Chinatown, with more to come!

For a Chinatown


Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Time: 6pm-9pm

Where: Grand Harmony, 98 Mott St.

Inquiries: Chinatown Partnership/BID
(646) 801-3163 
Format: Reception with Donations and Silent Auctions

Ticket: $25 / Buy Ticket Now


All proceeds will go directly to benefit businesses within the Chinatown BID Service Area that were severely affected by Superstorm Sandy.


The Chinatown Partnership in collaboration with Chinatown BID, community organizations, and many others, invite you to join as a sponsor or partner to help to raise funds, lend support, spread the word about this important event to help Chinatown small businesses!



What You Can Do as a Sponsor or Partner (or both)

Please make checks payable to: (segregated account)

Chinatown Partnership - Sandy Relief Fund


Sponsorship Levels:

Gold Level: $20,000

Silver Level: $10,000

Bronze Level: $5,000

Community Level: $1,000


All sponsors will be recognized at the 12/19 event at Grand Harmony Reception with VIPs.


Other ways you can help:

1. Actively participate in a raising awareness and donations for this fund

2. Help reach out to others

3. Help to sell as many tickets as possible

4. Help recruit sponsors at different levels

5. Solicit and donate items for silent auction

6. Help to organize and volunteer

For more information, please call (646) 801-3163.




Please CLICK HERE to buy ticket or download sponsorship form HERE.


Chinatown Partnership & Chinatown BID Announce Sandy Relief Grants for Small Businesses 

Chinatown Partnership, in collaboration with the Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID), announced a major fundraising initiative to provide grants to small businesses that were negatively impacted by Superstorm Sandy.


The size of the grants will ultimately be determined by the amount of funds that are raised. To date, the Chinatown Partnership and Chinatown BID have raised over $40,000 towards the "Chinatown Partnership - Sandy Relief Fund."


To be eligible, businesses must be located in the Chinatown BID service area; must be open at least 1 year (or have a 5-year lease); must have 50 or fewer employees OR less than $1 million in annual revenue in 2011; must have been closed at least 5 days due to the storm/power outage/physical damage; must show demonstrable proof of loss of business; and must indicate intended use for the grant funds.


Grants can only be used to help businesses with short-term payroll; property and equipment repair; mortgage/loan payments; relocation costs for businesses that are unable to operate in their original location; and to replace damaged or loss product (i.e. perishable food that had to be discarded).


-  David Louie, Chinatown BID Chair
-  Wellington Chen, Executive Director, Chinatown Partnership
-  Dr. Warren W. Chin & Patrick Yau, Chinatown Partnership Co-Chairs


"Small business owners in Chinatown suffered enormously following Hurricane Sandy," Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said. "In a community where restaurants and fresh produce markets are such an integral part of the economy, spoiled inventory due to lack of electricity had a devastating impact. Even businesses that don't sell perishables had to shut their doors for days, creating massive financial burdens from lost revenue. It is absolutely essential that we provide direct aid in the form of grants so that we are not further burdening small business owners with debt. I want to express my deep gratitude to the Chinatown Partnership and the Chinatown Business Improvement District for creating this program."


Council Member Margaret Chin
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Borough President Scott Stringer
State Senator Daniel Squadron


The following Silver Level Sponsors have donated $10,000 to the relief fund: First American International Bank (FAIB) ; CAIPA (Chinese American Independent Practitioner Association) ; and David J. Louie and the Magna Carta Insurance Company


The following Bronze Level Sponsors have donated $5,000 to the relief fund: World Journal Cultural Foundation and ConEdison of New York


Applications are available here:



If you are within the Chinatown BID service area, please submit your application by January 8, 2013 to be considered for a grant. You can also pick up an application at the Chinatown Partnership's offices at 60 St. James Place in Chinatown. (Phone: 212-346-0691)


About the Chinatown BID


The Chinatown Business Improvement District is the latest BID formed in New York City (#67) and the 9th Chinatown BID in North America. The BID service area roughly consists of Broome Street on the north, Broadway on the west, Allen and Rutgers streets on the east, and White, Worth and Madison streets on the south. The Chinatown BID provides supplemental sanitation services to property owners inside its service area, as well as other designated services.

Month of December Restaurant to Try:  


 Yeah Shanghai Deluxe: 50 Mott Street, Chinatown NYC

          General Tso's Chicken                                        House Special Crispy Duck     

Boneless Chicken with Special Lemon Sauce             Sliced Beef with House Spicy Sauce          


New Restaurant in Chinatown

Cutting Board's menu is a fusion of food from the East & West, here you will find burgers cooked using Asian cooking techniques and Chinese noodles with Fries on the side. Go explore and discover a whole new world of blended food experience.


53 Bayard St  /  1-212-528-0188

NYC SBS Launches "We're Back, Pay Us a Visit" Website Post-Sandy
NYC Department of Small Business Services recently unveiled a website where you can register your business and show that it has now been re-opened after being closed due to Hurricane Sandy.  This website is intended to help NYC small businesses show New Yorkers that they are back in business.  Register your business/company today and help the recovery of your customer base using their interactive website/map.  
Please CLICK HERE to visit the website and register.
The changing but still colorful face of US Chinatowns
By Kelly Chung Dawson ( China Daily)

When 50,000-plus Chinese prospectors flocked to California during the mid-19th-century Gold Rush, makeshift communities sprang up seemingly overnight. They offered services, protection in numbers and familiar food to the new arrivals.


In 1848, the year historians consider the start of the Gold Rush, San Francisco's Chinatown -the first Chinese-immigrant enclave in North America - was founded. During subsequent decades, similar communities were established in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago, among other cities. Many of these communities remain today, but the character and dynamics of "Chinatowns" have changed - largely due to shifting demographics, gentrification and the dispersal of Chinese among the "ethnoburbs", described by experts as satellite communities of middle-class immigrants.
In New York, the 100,000 or so residents of Manhattan's Chinatown - one of the most populous Chinese enclaves outside of Asia - are now outnumbered by the aggregate size of outer-borough communities in Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  
The nominal Chinatown lost 17 percent of its population between 2000 and 2010, according to the US Census Bureau, while Flushing's rose by 93 percent and Sunset Park gained 71 percent. 
"US Chinatowns are vulnerable and are in some cases fading out," said Wellington Chen,executive director of the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corp, set up in 2006 by local businesses and the New York City government to revive the area.
"The Jewish, German and Italian immigrant communities all disappeared, but we're still here.What gives us hope is that there are certain attributes in the traditional Chinatowns that suburban satellite communities simply can't compete with. Here in New York, it's our location,our concentration of Chinese associations and businesses, and, most importantly, the type of history and roots we have," said Chen. "I believe that Chinatown will remain, and it will continue to evolve."
Today, the Census Bureau estimates that 3 million Chinese-American adults live in the United States; three-quarters of them were born outside the country. 
Transition gateways

Historically, a US city's Chinatown has been a gateway for new immigrants who need help with their transition, said Daniel Abramson, an associate professor of urban design and planning at the University of Washington, who has studied the development of US Chinatowns.

"For low-income immigrants, it's especially important to live in communities that are spatially concentrated," he said. "They don't have mobility, so they rely on public transportation. They can't afford to buy houses in the suburbs, and they need face-to-face communication in their own language. They also need the opportunities that come with a centrally located place, because they don't have settled careers." 

The New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) is proud to announce their first-ever Salon Series inviting established artists in creative industries such as theater, music, dance, and film to their newly renovated Pop-Up performance studio to share their stories and ideas with their students, parents, and community residents. This series aims to provide an intimate space to bridge creativity and provide an insight opportunity for younger generations.


The first guest speaker, David Henry Hwang, is scheduled to kick-off the series on December 15th 2012 at 5pm at NYCCC. David will share his personal story as a Chinese American in the path of achieving family pride and finding his own voice. The event is free but reservations are required due to limited space.Please call 212-334-3764 to RSVP.  


Also you can join them earlier that afternoon for their Annual Open House at P.S. 124. Open House is an opportunity for you to learn about what they do in their School of the Arts and what students have learned so far this semester.

New NYC Commericial Bicyclist Safety Rules Announced

Click above graphic to download the English brochure.  Click HERE for a Chinese version. 


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