With Chinatown's huge variety of restaurants and shops, you can have a Thanksgiving family feast and fun
this weekend here with us any day, any time, without any of the hard work of cooking or cleaning up to do!
SHOP SMALL IN CHINATOWN AND SAVE!
Say "Happy Thanksgiving!" in Chinese
Teach your child to say 'Happy Thanksgiving!' and 'turkey' in Chinese:
- 感恩节快乐 Gǎn ēn jíe kùai lè! ['gan' drops and rises with a short 'a' sound, 'en' is sustained pitch with a short 'e' sound, 'jie' is a rising 'je' sound like in the word 'jelly', 'kuai' is downward tone 'k + 'why', 'le' is downward tone]
- 火鸡 hǔo jī ['huo' drops and rises with a 'h' + 'wuh' sound, 'ji' is sustained 'gee' as is 'gee, that's great']
Click here to hear me pronounce 'Happy Thanksgiving!' and 'turkey' in Chinese.
Download the above Happy Thanksgiving coloring page with 'Happy Thanksgiving' and 'turkey' in Chinese.
Lucky Jade Jewelry @ 43 Bayard Street
New bakery in Chinatown, Pie Pie Q Cafe @ 24 Bowery
Founded in 1888, Harold L. Lee and Sons, Inc. is a cornerstone of Chinatown. The business is named after Lee Lun (who took the American name Harold), the son of Lee Kee Lo who came to the United States as a merchant in 1888 when Chinatown consisted of three streets: Mott, Pell and Doyers. Lee Kee Lo founded his company, Tai Lung (or Great Prosperity), with his two brothers on 31 Pell Street where today the family operates an insurance company.
The year 2013 will mark its 125th anniversary. MOCA, which honored CEO Sandra Lee, Harold's great-granddaughter, in its Festival of Community heroes, will present a selection of photographs and artifacts from the business, tracing its rise from a small foreign exchange business to national insurance brokerage. The exhibition will take place in MOCA's recreated general store, a space fashioned to represent an old New York storefront with tin ceilings, built-in wooden cabinets, and brick walls.
Click HERE to learn more.
BLA CAUCUS Hosts 2nd Annual Employment and Small Business Resources Expo
When: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th from 10am to 3pm
Where: Murry Bergtraum High School 411 Pearl St. New York, NY 10038
To attend the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus Employment Opportunities and Small Business Resources Expo event, please register online by 12/2.
Lower Manhattan Public Engagement Event
The public is invited to come learn about the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program and to share their ideas with the Planning Committee.
Come share your ideas for projects and strategies to make our community more resilient.
- How can we increase the resiliency of small businesses?
- How can we better protect vulnerable populations in future emergency events?
- How can we better prepare our community for an emergency?
SHARE YOUR IDEAS! Provide input via our interactive community map: www.nyrisingmap.org
The NY Rising Community Reconstruction program, established by the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, is a community-driven process to realize a vision of a more sustainable future.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 6:00pm
University Settlement at the Houston Street Center Gymnasium
273 Bowery - New York, NY 10002
Chinatown Family History
Many people today trace their family roots to Chinatown/Little Italy including CUNY Trustee Kathleen M. Pesile. Trustee Pesile's grandfather, Leonardo LoFrisco owned the building at 125 Elizabeth St from 1915 to around 1935. Mr. LoFrisco operated an Italian pork store on the street level and lived on the 2nd Fl raising 6 boys and 2 girls (one them Trustee Pesile's mother). The remaining 4 floors were rented out as multi-dwelling apartments. When Mr. LoFrisco sold the building, he bought an 196 acre farm in Staten Island and put his sons to work until after WWII, when they all joined the NYPD and NYFD.
Through their Neighborhood Grants, Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city.
They prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools.
Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and start school recycling drives.
Must See Chinatown:
Aji Ichiban / 37 Mott St., 212-233-7650
By Michael Hsu
If you're new to the world of Asian candies and snacks, a trip to Aji Ichiban-more commonly known as Munchies Paradise-provides an essential crash course. The store is packed with all manner of sweets and savories in clear bins, so you see exactly what a flan-filled marshmallow or haw-flavored candy looks like before committing. Products are sold individually instead of in packages, so feel free to buy just a handful of those lychee-flavored gummies and a couple of each variety of sweet pickled plum (sometimes sour, sometimes salty). You'll also find savory snacks, like wasabi peas, Japanese rice crackers and even dried squid and cuttlefish. And the store's open-tasting policy welcomes those who are just curious.
Have a Chinatown Thanksgiving!
By: THE LOCALE(S)
A Chinese Thanksgiving: This was not your typical Thanksgiving. There was no turkey, stuffing,
cranberry sauce, or pumpkin pie. Nope, none of that at all. Instead, we had my family's version of
Thanksgiving: Dim Sum. But we still managed to achieve the end result of any Thanksgiving dinner -
bloated bellies and happy faces :)
A deliciously large variety of 'turkey-alternatives' meats are available in many Chinatown Restaurants.
Egg Tarts: Chinese spin on pie.
Pork Siu Mai (left) & Shrimp Siu Mai (right)
BBQ Pork Buns: It's like a mini reverse stuffed-turkey.
Most importantly, sharing Thanksgiving meal with family and friends!
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