Chinatown BID / ExploreChinatown Newsletter



Asian 3 on 3 Basketball Championships at Columbus Park
National Night Out is scheduled for August 6th from 4pm to 8pm at Columbus Park Soccer area.



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Apply to Become a NYCHA Resident Board Member

NYCHA is expanding its board from four members to seven, as part of a new law recently passed by the State Legislature. Three of the board members are now required to be residents of public housing. With the exception of the Chairperson, board members will serve in part-time positions and receive stipends for time dedicated to board activities. This new board structure will give residents a greater say in how NYCHA is managed. It will also help NYCHA save money and direct resources to essential maintenance and repairs.


With increased resident participation, we will confront the immediate challenges we face and work together to keep public housing strong for decades to come.

The City of New York is encouraging residents who have a strong interest in public service to apply to join the NYCHA board.


To apply, download an application or pick one up at Property Management offices, Borough Management offices, or NYCHA-sponsored Community or Senior Centers.Applicants must be at least 18 years old and residents of NYCHA in good standing. The deadline for applying is Friday, August 2, 2013. 


Click Here for More Info



New York City "Summer Streets" Is Here!


Date & Time:  August 3, 10 & 17 - 7am - 1pm


Zip-lining is one of many fun activities you can enjoy during Summer Streets.


Dragon Boat Family Festival!


Sat, August 3 from 12noon to 4pm 



Celebrate the spirit of dragon boating at MOCA's annual summer festival! The day's events include: an array of themed arts & crafts, interactive storytellings, drum making workshops, and more.   Admission: $10 for adults, $6 for children 2 and up. Free for MOCA members.


Please CLICK HERE for more info and event listings.


Sandy Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Funding


With its devastating power, Superstorm Sandy impacted the lives of millions of New Yorkers and caused damage and suffering in hundreds of communities across the State. The storm and its aftermath exacerbated the needs of the State's most vulnerable residents and raised additional critical needs. New York State's health and human service providers have met the daunting challenge of caring for Superstorm Sandy's victims while simultaneously striving to address their own needs for repairs and resources, or in some cases working to reopen after being forced to shut their doors due to the storm.

To address the needs of these critical health and human service providers and the populations they serve, the State of New York will distribute $200,034,600 in federal Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant (Sandy SSBG) funding through a public and transparent solicitation for proposals. Sandy SSBG resources are dedicated to covering necessary expenses resulting from Superstorm Sandy, including social, health and mental health services for individuals, and for repair, renovation and rebuilding of health care facilities, mental hygiene facilities, child care facilities and other social services facilities.


New York will allocate Sandy SSBG funding to address four Focus Areas:


A. Repair, renovation and rebuilding; 
B. Uncompensated operational costs, including provision of critical services during/after Superstorm Sandy; 
C. Ongoing support and social services for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy; and
D. Flexibility to ensure that additional eligible social service needs resulting from Superstorm Sandy can be addressed.



Restaurants to Try


Central Buffet, 195 Centre St, dine in, 5 items and a soup, no rice, $4.75
Banh Mi grand opening, Baxter St between Walker Street and Canal Street. Have yourself a delicious Vietnamese sandwich!

ViVi (2 E. Broadway on Catherine St) open for bubble tea business


Chinatown BID Merchant Survey  


The Chinatown BID is conducting a survey of the businesses in our service area so we can better understand how we can help improve your business. 


Please visit and take a few minutes to share your opinions and tell us how we can help you. Thanks!



Crain's Business Breakfast Forum  


Join Crain's New York Business to hear from the newly appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MTA, Thomas F. Prendergast. He will discuss plans for transit fares and finances, improvements and upgrades and his strategy to storm-proof the nation's largest transit system.

Crain's Assistant Managing editor Erik Engquist and another journalist will moderate the forum.


$95 for individual ticket(s).  $950 for table(s) of ten.


You must be pre-registered to attend this event. For more info please CLICK HERE.



Take the Chinatown / Lower East Side Resident Survey  

Chinatown Working Group's planning consultant, Pratt Center / Collective Partnership, is collecting survey data on Chinatown / Lower East Side residents for their current planning and zoning study.

Completed surveys should be dropped off at the Chinatown Working Group's next full group meeting on Monday, August 5, 2013, from 4pm to 5:30pm, at American Legion, 191-193 Canal Street, 2nd Floor, Manhattan  
Click here for American Legion location map. Completed surveys may also be scanned and emailed, by August 5, 2013, to Pratt Center / Collective Partnership at, or send by postal mail to:


Pratt Center
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Attn: Paula Crespo

Residents without a printer may also pick up hard copies of the survey at CAAAV, 46 Hester Street, Manhattan.  Click here for CAAAV location map

For more info, please CLICK HERE.

Published annually by DYCD, The New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun is a broad citywide calendar of family-oriented events and resources. The vast compilation includes activities that range from the artistic to the athletic, from the literary to the musical, and can be enjoyed at indoor and outdoor locations - most for free or at low cost. The guide also includes a list of all public swimming pools and barbeque sites at public parks, as well as a comprehensive section on "Museum Deals" within the City. 


For more info, please CLICK HERE.

TRC Open Mic at Columbus Park
Friday, August 9, 2013, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
The Teen Resource Center (TRC) is hosting an Open Mic Event on Friday, Aug. 2 at Columbus Park Pavilion from 3pm - 6:00pm. Come with your friends to enjoy the performances!!

Location: 67 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013 

Free Food for everyone! 

Performers need to email Kevin Tse the follow info.
- Full name
- Contact number
- Email
- Act:(singing/dancing/rapping/etc.)
- Name of the song
- Lyrics
- Total time of performance
- Stage set up (mic, chairs, etc)

*Please send all original lyrics to Kevin Tse for review*

Contact Kevin Tse ( for more info.

Limited Spots, please email Kevin the following info asap, latest by Monday July 29 

Teen Resource Center


Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery and Matchmaking
August 7, 2013 - 12pm - 6pm


Sandy made landfall resulting in major flooding, extensive structural damage, and significant loss of life. Thousands of individuals were displaced, millions lost power, and business ecosystems were disrupted throughout the region. In fact, small businesses continue to face a number of challenges as they seek to rebuild their companies. 

In December of 2012, an Executive Order signed by President Obama established the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to coordinate federal, state and local resources to identify opportunities for achieving rebuilding success, to support economic vitality, among other objectives. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a key member of the Task Force, and our programs play a significant role in the long-term economic recovery of the region through support for businesses in need of counseling, financing and other resources. SBA approved more than $2.3 billion in disaster loans to 35,900 residents and businesses in states affected by Hurricane Sandy - making it the third largest natural disaster in U.S. history for the agency. SBA's Resource Partners are also supporting Hurricane Sandy small business recovery, laying a foundation for economic recovery and resiliency, thanks to expanded services funded by $19 million in grants. In addition, we know that accessing commercial and federal contracting opportunities are critical in these rebuilding efforts. 

That's why the SBA and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force are teaming up to host the Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery and Matchmaking Summit on Wednesday, August 7th - the first event of its kind in the region since the disaster - to educate and connect small businesses to commercial buyers from the private sector and federal, state and local governments. The goal is simple: help small businesses in the region to get back on their feet and to compete for opportunities in the region. We hope to see you there.
For more info please CLICK HERE.



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Oversea Chinese Mission street fair on Hester St, btwn Mott & Elizabeth

Rising high above at 1 WTC.

Under the 9/11 Memorial Fountain work continues.

Rising from the ashes of 9/11, the exciting future Calatrava Path Station.

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