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Make Music NY, Performance In Chinatown

NYPD's National Night Out Event In Chinatown (Throwing Officer Vincent Cheung Into the Water Tank )


On the Dotted Line: Design and Drawing




Sat, Aug 10 from 11am - 12:30pm 

This 90-minute workshop for families with children between the ages of 5 and 10 begins with a guided conversation in MOCA's Shanghai Glamour and Front Row exhibitions, with a spotlight on the first steps designers take when creating a garment for their collections: gathering inspiration and sketching a blueprint. Afterwards, family members of all ages will tap into their creative sides as they design and embellish their very own outfits, making them come to life on paper.


Space is limited, reservations required. RSVP via e-mail at

$10 for Adults, $6 for Children, FREE for MOCA Members.

For more info, please CLICK HERE.


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New York City "Summer Streets" Is Here!


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


Come out, get active and experience a 'new' New York during Summer Streets.


Free Fitness Classes In Chinatown


Living well in New York is just a matter of knowing where to look. In 2013, EmblemHealth is offering free fitness classes, cooking demos and health care education in partnership with our trusted nonprofit partners in your neighborhood.


It's easy to sign up!  Call: 1.866.653.1904 (Manhattan Chinatown) or CLICK HERE for more info and class schedule.



Restaurants to Try


Ramen $13 @ Bassanova Ramen, 76 Mott St

 Chicken cutlet noodle & cheese burger, 99 Cafe @ 105 Canal St


Chinatown Deal:  $30 for $60 Worth of Dim Sum



Place:  Jing Fong Restaurant, 20 Elizabeth St, (212) 964-5256 


About:  Though it has held a prominent location in Chinatown for more than three decades, Jing Fong Restaurant doesn't really exist within New York City. The lights and sounds of the Big Apple fall away as soon as diners pass the marble lions guarding the dim sum restaurant's exterior. Just inside, an escalator travels upwards towards a twinkling crystal chandelier, and by the time it reaches the third-floor dining room, the moving stairs have transported guests thousands of miles away to Hong Kong.


The space is massive. 120 tables fill the dining room, framed by red walls sprinkled with golden Chinese characters. All around, waiters-clad in chic yellow jackets-push rolling carts filled with the things hungry dreams are made of: steaming bamboo baskets bearing more than 100 types of dim sum. Steamed pork buns, fried shrimp balls, almond tofu, or perhaps even mango pudding could all be waiting within the piping hot packages. Follow these bite-sized eats back to the kitchen, and you'll find several skilled Chinese chefs. In addition to dim sum, this culinary army prepares traditional Cantonese recipes for everything from Peking duck to oxtail curry casserole.


Since it's meant to be shared, Jing Fong Restaurant's food makes for a communal dining experience-one that's filled with conversation and laughter between family and friends. In fact, you could celebrate nearly every important life event at the restaurant. An on-site banquet room contains 800 seats, which sit beneath a chandelier even bigger than the one Donald Trump uses as a book light.


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The Chinatown Congee Wars

By: / Brian Silverman

Some call it porridge. A more medieval term for it is gruel. In Chinatown it is known as congee; white rice boiled with water, lots of water, until it becomes a thick, hot cereal or soup, depending on what you do with it. 

For many who live in Chinatown here in New York it is a breakfast staple. In the last few years, congee's popularity has burgeoned beyond Chinatown and now people like me travel to the congested, cramped, sometimes ripe streets of lower Manhattan to get their congee fix.

Congee lovers are often blindly loyal to their favorite places. Me, I keep an open mind. I have, however, narrowed down the crowded Chinatown field to four serious contenders to the congee crown and here, in two parts, using my vast background and experience in the art of overcooked rice, I will ultimately reveal the best congee in Chinatown.

For this first round, I was accompanied by one of my offspring; the 13-year-old, Luigi. Though he is a mere novice when it comes to the glories of congee, despite his youth, Luigi is a very accomplished eater. What he lacks in experience, he more than makes up for in exuberance. I had complete confidence that he would remain unbiased and not be swayed by perks such as complimentary hot tea or a plastic-wrapped fortune cookie. I was sure he would take his task seriously. Our first destination was the appropriately-named Congee.


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Justin Timberlake Dances Through Chinatown in New Music Video
Justin Timberlake is giving Chinatown a whole lot of love in his latest music video.

Doyers Street, a popular alley for film shoots due to its classic Chinatown feel, plays a staring role in Timberlake's video "Take Back the Night" released Tuesday, according to Timberlake's Twitter feed.

The almost-six minute video cuts between scenes of Timberlake dancing and singing on Doyers Street to shots of him on stage performing in front of a crowd at Yankee Stadium.

JT plays the part of neighborhood local in the video, dancing through an underground Chinese café and high-fiving the elderly card-playing patrons as he goes.

Most of his Doyers Street time is spent outside a hair salon with flourescent Chinese characters in the window advertising $7 haircuts.

In other scenes, he dances with a young boy as well as nighttime revelers who would fit right at trendy mixology joint Apotheke or exclusive Mexican bar and restaurant Pulqueria, both located on Doyers Street.

Much of the shoot happened on a hot night a few weeks ago when temperatures reached 99 degrees, according to an interactive feature giving behind-the-scenes details to the video.
Click HERE to read more.

---  $15 for $30 worth of sushi and New American cuisine


---   $100 for $200 worth of sushi and New American cuisine


At Elevate Restaurant & Lounge, located in the Wyndham Hotel Downtown, chefs Leo Lai and Spencer Truong draw from their own upbringings, blending Japanese and American flavors to create an upscale medley of seafood, sushi, and hearty meats. Before Elevate, the pair worked separately at renowned restaurants: Lai was executive sushi chef at Mizu, and Truong honed his skills under James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly at Bobo in the West Village. 
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NYPD's National Night Out Event In Chinatown

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