2013 Year of the Snake
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
When: Feb 17, 2013 (Sunday 1pm)
Where: Parade starts at Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Chinatown/Manhattan.
Cultural Festival & Booth: Sara Roosevelt Park (Canal & Forsyth St.)
What: Since 1999, New York's Chinese American community has celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year with an annual parade and festival. Held each year on a Sunday in February, the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival features a wide range of cultural activities in Chinatown. Each year over 500,000 New Yorkers and visitors pack the streets of Chinatown and Sara Roosevelt Park for the annual Lunar New Year celebrations.
The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade starts in Little Italy and winds its way through Lower Chinatown. Colorful floats, antique cars, and thousands of people parade through Chinatown's historic streets.
The Chinatown Lunar New Year Cultural Festival takes place each year at Sara Roosevelt Park. Each year, activities at the cultural festival follow a zodiac theme. Events at past cultural festivals have included a dog parade, pig race, and live music performances.
The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival celebrates the traditions and cultures of all Asian countries including China, Korea, and Japan. The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival is free, and all ages are welcome to celebrate the Lunar New Year with age-old customs. After the celebrations, enjoy traditional foods and drinks at the restaurants, bars, and cafés nearby in Chinatown.
Text Source: http://www.partyearth.com/new-york/festivals/chinatown-lunar-new-year-parade-and-festival-1/
2012 Asian Lunar New Year Parade (Chinatown, New York City)
For more parade info, please visit the organizer's website:
Mark Your Calendar:
14th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival
February 10, 2013 | Sunday | 11:00am
Sara Roosevelt Park (Grand & Forsyth St.)
COUNCIL MEMBER MARGARET CHIN
TO CELEBRATE YEAR OF THE SNAKE WITH FREE COMMUNITY LUNAR NEW YEAR PERFORMANCE
*EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*
WHO: Council Member Margaret S. Chin
Members of the New York City Council
Confucius Institute at Pace University
With performances by:
New York Chinese Opera Society
The Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club
Gee How Oak Tin Women's Committee
WHAT: The Official New York City Council Lunar New Year Celebration
WHERE: 3 Spruce Street, The Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University
WHEN: Sunday, February 3, 2013
12:00 PM (RECEPTION) 1:00 - 3:00 PM (PERFORMANCE)
New York Chinese Cultural Center Presents
INTO THE BOROUGHS: SPRING CELEBRATION
February 9 - 10, and February 16 - 17, 2013
New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) is staging a 3-weekend Chinese culture program to celebrate the beginning of spring and welcome the Year of Snake. Lunar New Year is the largest and most important annual festival celebrated by Chinese and Chinese descendants around the world. Followed by a triumphed celebration at the World Financial Center Winter Garden in 2012, NYCCC is bringing its most popular and celebrated program to the boroughs.
As the day proceeding toward the Chinese New Year, on February 9th & 10th, the festival will step in to the boroughs with its main performance at the Queens Theatre and Brooklyn Millennium High School. The 2-day festival will start with 60 minutes hands-on arts & crafts activities include paper cutting, dough figurines, and calligraphy in the lobby, followed by a 70 minutes stage performance. The performances include traditional Chinese sword, ribbon, folk dance, and Peking Opera featuring the living Peking Opera legend, Qi Shu-fang; as well the modern Chinese rock band, Hsu-nami, known for its daring integration of the rock sound with the Chinese classical music instrument:
Also on February 16th & 17th, Chinese Ink Brush Painting workshop and young Chinese dancers performing in traditional costumes will take place at Children's Museum of Manhattan. Registration for the workshop is one hour before each program and tickets for performance are distributed beginning one hour before each performance. Both events are free with admission.
Great American Bites: Ping's serves savory dim sum in NYC's Chinatown
By: by Larry Olmsted, special for USA TODAY
Now that New Year's Day has come and gone, the next big "calendar" holiday is Chinese New Year, on February 10. But you don't have to wait to enjoy one of the most unique dining experiences this side of Hong Kong - an authentic dim sum lunch.
Like Spanish tapas, dim sum collectively refers to a vast array of small appetizer-sized plates of Cantonese dishes. In theory, the pork dumplings and spring rolls served at just about every Chinese restaurant in America are dim sum, but at an eatery devoted to the style, the choices are much broader, with dozens of options, including a wide assortment of dumplings, buns, rolls and many other dishes.
It is a cuisine most associated with Hong Kong, where traditional dim-sum eateries are cavernous and loud, with large communal tables at which strangers are seated together. Rolling carts full of bamboo- and steel-steamer racks covered with assorted plates are wheeled around tableside, and you simply try whatever strikes your fancy, paying by the plate. While some cities with larger Chinatowns like Boston, New York and Los Angeles have these large frenetic Hong Kong-style eateries, most of the country does not, and at smaller dim-sum specialists, dishes are often ordered off a menu. Ping's walks a middle ground, and that is why I like it best among the several excellent dim-sum options in New York.
Reason to visit: Stuffed pan-fried eggplant, steamed or baked pork buns, assorted dumplings, sticky rice in lotus leaf, spring rolls
The food: Dim sum is traditionally a lunch or brunch meal, and at dinner Ping's turns into a full-service restaurant focused on classic seafood-centric Hong Kong-style Cantonese, hence its full name, Ping's Seafood. But I go for the dim sum lunch for a completely different slate of offerings (though you can order off the full menu). Dim sum is a unique way to try a lot of things, and visiting with a larger group is ideal because many plates come with four or six pieces on them, so it is not unusual to try 10 or more different things while sharing...
Haagen Dazs Chinatown
Giving FREE $5 Gift Card for $25 Gift Card Purchase
For a limited time, in celebration of Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day, Haagen Dazs Chinatown Store will be offering a free $5 gift card for every $25 gift card purchase. Get yours now before it's gone!
53 Mott Street, 212-571-1970
SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour
By: Free Tours By Foot
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Free Tours by Foot is proud to take you on a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
Join Free Tours by Foot as we gawk at the Fashionistas and cast iron buildings of Soho, visit New York's and America's first "pizzeria", famous mafia locations, or take a stab at bargaining with a street vendor in Chinatown.
This approximately 2 hour tour will cover a range of topics and give you the opportunity to better understand these neighborhoods and to better orient yourself in case you choose to return on your own.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.
Special Performance of Ghost Wife Ah-Tze
Award winning composer and storyteller Angel Lam tells a new story with her original music and visual projections. Through recent visits to China she discovered a forgotten diary that chronicles an adventurous journey and a culture now lost to time.
In a merciless land, a young man saves the fate of a girl who died three days before... Based on a true story, an untold secret from 1920s China comes alive through a new presentation in the Chinese tea house style of storytelling.
The performance also includes visual artist Catherine Lan's relief painting Magic Window I, inspired by Ghost Wife's late Qing architectural ornaments of the elegant Sai Kwan mansion in Old Guangzhou.
Friday, March 1 ~ 6:30 - 8 PM
$15 member/$20 non-member
Please click here for more info: China Institute in America
SBS Sandy Relief Guide Now Available In Chinese
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Free Safety & Health Inspections Saving Businesses Affected by Sandy Up to $4300
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that he is making New York State Department of Labor safety and health inspectors available to areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy to offer affected businesses free on-site safety and health inspections, a service that can save small businesses thousands of dollars. This free service can help employers hard hit by the storm reopen their doors as soon as possible.
Businesses can schedule a free inspection by calling 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365) or visiting HERE.
Eating Vegetarian in Chinatown, NYC: Buddha Bodai Restaurant
Buddha Bodai, located at 5 Mott Street in Chinatown, Manhattan, is known for serving Kosher vegetarian Chinese cuisine. I was introduced to this restaurant a few years ago and it remains a great place for vegetarian food and dimsum.
Sweet and Sour Vegetarian Chicken
In addition to the many vegetable and tofu-based dishes, the restaurant also offers remakes of common Chinese dishes using ingredients like tofu, soy, gluten, mushroom and seaweed in place of the usual meat selections. The plates are made to resemble the meat versions as close as possible in looks, texture, and taste. Don't expect it to taste exactly like chicken, pork, or beef, but you might find it ways ahead of the supermarket frozen veggie burgers.
Bean Curd with Organic Mushroom and Basil
Top Three Restaurants to Try on Mott Street, Chinatown:
by Zenas A on Yelp:
For this place, the food is top notch. I believe this is the best soup dumpling place I have ever been to. Granted, it is quite a trip from my home town in NJ, it is very much worth the trip a lot of times. Not only are the soup dumplings delicious, but they are so cheap!
100 Mott St - (212) 966-3988
It seems like the theme is good food is all over Mott Street. This restaurant is well known for it's xiao long bao (soup dumplings). I am a big fan of this, but I don't know if other people will enjoy this as much. The xiao long bao's skin is rather thick, but the pork juice is delicious.
Summer camp in February? What could be better!
92nd Street Y Camps would be delighted to attract more Chinese and Chinese American families to
their various Camps programs, especially their flagship program Camp Yomi. Camp Yomi offers a rich summer experience that is both educational and fun, and their concept of summer enrichment will resonate with the values of many Chinese and Chinese American families. On their website at www.92y.org/camps
, you can find a camp video, a virtual tour, and more information about Camp Yomi.
February 3, from 1pm to 3pm,
A day of camp activities, including soccer, ceramics, jewelry, baseball and dancing! There is no need to RSVP.