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Re-imagining Chinatown with Chinatown Partnership and Romio 

By Audrey Tse (from ourchinatown.org)

Chinatown Partnership and its Executive Director, Wellington Chen, have been working to re-imagine Chinatown's image since 2006. The organization brings residents, business owners, and community groups together to preserve the neighborhood's unique culture while ensuring its vitality in the future.

Romio, a relatively new organization that combines the best of contemporary social media with time-tested notions of community building, and Chinatown Partnership have collaborated to present a contest on their neighborhood Q&A from August 6 - 17. Contribute to the ongoing dialogue about Chinatown for a chance to win $100 to Joe's Shanghai, membership for 2 to MOCA, and a copy of "Feeding The Dragon" with Romio's ANSWER & WIN contest.

Rechelle Balanzat, the Director of Marketing for Romio, sat down with community leader Wellington Chen to discuss his own definition of neighborhood, and what makes Chinatown Chinatown. Chen says that it is, " first and foremost a community, and more importantly, a home. It is a living organism, ever changing, but it needs tender loving care." The video below captures the imagination and hope neighborhoods represent and promise. 

Romio efficiently connects people, businesses, organizations, and groups around their interests in the neighborhoods where they live, work and play. People can FOLLOW updates from friends, neighbors, local experts, favorite businesses, real estate insiders and what's happening around where they live. By FOLLOWING things around them, neighbors are effectively on the most interesting conversations, people, businesses or causes around neighborhoods. 


Contribute your voice to the discussion, perhaps win some prizes, but most importantly: prove that Chinatown is ready for ready for metamorphosis. This is modern community building at its best. Check Romio out on Facebook to join the conversation; read, write, and tune into your neighborhood.

Audrey Tse is an editorial intern at the Asian American Writers' Workshop. 



Chinatown Welcome the Grand Openings of:


Mini Express

Mini Express, 14-18 Elizabeth St, located in the tunnel between Elizabeth St. & Bowery. Shares a lot of its menu with the former restaurant in this space, Coluck, which was popular with younger crowd due to Western items like French Fries. Hotwings available for $4.25. Phone: (212) 267 0888 




West New Malaysia Restaurant

"The PENANG PRAWN NOODLES are out of this world!" raves one Yelper who gave this new Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown the highest rating possible on Yelp.  If you like Malaysian food, be sure to check it out @48 Bowery, NY 10013  Phone: (212) 964-0284 



New York City's El Train Torn Down

Did you know that at one time in New York City, an above ground steam engine train used to run through Chinatown?  Check out the short but interesting brief re-cap of the historic train line in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.


New York's EL Train Torn Down (1890s-1955)

And one more blast from the past historic view of  
early 1900s Manhattan:

Stardust Manhattan 1928

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    Upcoming Events
Zip Line - For a Unique View of Downtown

@Foley Square Rest Stop (at Chambers and Centre streets)

Price: free


This year's Summer Streets will feature a first ever for New York City: a zip line. For all three Saturdays, New Yorkers and visitors alike will be able to overlook the sites from 28 feet up in the air. 


The zip line runs along runs along 160 feet of city streets in lower Manhattan near the start of the route. Summer street goers will truly get a new perspective of their city.


Rock Wall 

@Soho Rest Stop (at Spring and Lafayette streets)

Price: free


One of the most popular activities during Summer Streets is the rock climbing wall. It is returning this year, so visitors may once again reach for new heights. The rock wall is 25 feet tall, and is made possible with REI's support.

For a complete list of all Summer Streets events, please visit their website HERE.
Job Fair In Chinatown

Sponsored by CCBA & Civil Aid Services, USA - August 23, 10am-3pm

@62 Mott Street, NY 10013 (Auditorium)


Featuring over 50 participating employers!  To register for the Job Fair, please visit: www.civilaidservices.com


Or call (917)681-4489


Free Admission




Community Board 1 Job Position Available:

Community Liaison


Community Board 1 in Manhattan seeks a Community Liaison to work on issues affecting Lower Manhattan.  The Liaison will schedule and attend meetings (including some evenings), provide constituent service, monitor Lower Manhattan construction projects, write resolutions and other documents, manage the Community Board website, and provide assistance with administrative tasks and special projects as needed. 


Candidates must have excellent computer and written and oral communications skills.

Bachelor's degree required. Experience working with city agencies, community groups, non-profit organizations and Microsoft Office Suite is preferred.  Job offers full



Please send resume and cover letter indicating salary requirements by email only to 


Free Summer Meals for all Children
Free summer meals for all Children under age 18 are available throughout public schools in Chinatown. Enjoy nutrition balanced meals such as sandwiches, salads, fresh fruits, cold milk & much more, Mon - Friday. 
To find an open public school, pool or park near you, please call 311 or Text "NYCMeals" to 877-877
School Hours:
Breakfast: 8am - 9:15am
Lunch: 11am - 1:15pm
Save a Cup, Save the Earth

Over 50% of Americans over 18 years of age drink coffee every day. This represents over 150 million daily drinkers. It means that Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day or equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.

Americans throw away about 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year, and 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles every hour. Most of these materials do not biodegrade. The plastic resin applied over most paper cups makes them nearly impossible to biodegrade. Styrofoam never degrades completely.

These disposable containers make up 18% of America's garbage, and beverage cups made of virgin paper or Styrofoam make up a large chunk of that waste.
It means if you buy just one cup of coffee or tea in a disposable cup every day, you'll end up creating about 23 lbs of waste in one year. That is a lot!!

EAA campaigns "Save a Cup, Save the Earth" to encourage people to switch over to reusable tumblers. 
Considering most reusable mugs, tumblers are designed to be used at least 3,000 times, the positive eco impact of a reusable tumbler can be enormous. 
These cool Starbucks tumblers are made with 20% post-consumer recycled material. (Photo/Starbucks Coffee Company)
To find out more about the EAA (Enviromental Action Association) and their "Save a Cup, Save the Earth" campaign, please visit their website HERE.
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