A-Wah Restaurant II, famous for their rice casserole and Hong Kong style dishes recently just opened their
second restaurant this week at 48B Bowery. Their original, first restaurant is still on 5 Catherine Street. 

The Manhattan Borough President's Office is currently accepting applications for community board membership. Community 

boards represent their neighborhoods on crucial issues such as development, land use, historic preservation and city service 

delivery. Serving on a board is an incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of sound community-based planning.

To find out more about Manhattan's community boards, learn how to apply for membership, or download an application, 

click here. Applications are due by February 1, 2014. 


Jubilee Youth Choral choir from Henry St Church, 8th grade students from Transfiguration Upper School and Soprano Jacqueline 
Thompson welcome the holidays with song and music. 

Chinatown lights up for the holiday season!


East Meets West Christmas Parade

When: December 21st, 2pm (Assembly at 1:30pm)


Where:  The Parade will begin at 2 PM from the intersection of Canal and Mulberry Streets. It will proceed north on Mulberry through Little Italy to Houston where it will turn right for one block and then turn right again onto Mott Street. It will then proceed south on Mott, crossing Canal Street, heading down Mott toward Worth Street, East Broadway and Kimlau Square where the Parade will end.



What:  The Parade will have six floats -- three from Little Italy and three from Chinatown, as well as an authentic gondola on wheels. There will be Lion Dance and Dragon Dance performers in the Parade as well as a US Marine Corps Marching Band and Color Guard, the Cathedral High School All Girls Marching Band and the Red Mike Festival Band. Performers on the floats will include singers John Carelli, Cheryl Warfield, Jenna Esposito, LaToya Lewis, Karen King and Francesca Caviglia. Miss Little Italy Gina Caviglia will also be on one of the floats.  Gianni Russo will be an Honorary Grand Marshal along with local elected officials.  Color Guards of the American Legion Lt. Kimlau. Post 1291 will also be marching.


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 Students from P.S.1 began planting 500 yellow daffodils in Chinatown, 250 were planted last week on the Lunar Pizza Green Street Triangular Park by Chatham Square.


Mulberry Street, Little Italy Lights Up Christmas Tree

LIMA (Little Italy Merchants Association) lights up a giant 40 feet tall Christmas tree together with Council Member Margaret Chin and Chinatown BID's Wellington Chen in preparation for the Holidays.  An once a year East-Meets-West parade is also coming to Chinatown & Little Italy on December 21st.


Learn to Speak Cantonese

Starting today, Cantonese & Toisan beginners class & get-together for speakers & learners. $3 per class & person. No Chinese writing included. Class for Adults and Children 8 yrs old and up w/Adult
Where: 21 Pell Street, 3rd Floor Church
When:  12:30pm to 2pm. Dates: Dec 22, 29. Please walk into church quietly and respect church's property. Bring pen and notebook. To RSVP, text 917-547-8590 or email: cantonesesociety@gmail.com 


ConnectNYC Fiber Access

New York City is helping connect small and medium-sized businesses to high-speed internet by providing free fiber optic construction to qualifying companies.


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Try Something New In Chinatown:   

Mixed fruit sago from Beautiful Memory Dessert, at 69A Bayard St 


New York Chinese Cultural Center Classes
Early Bird Special! Register Today and Receive a 10% Discount!
For the first time, NYCCC offers a 10% early bird discount to everyone until December 14th. NYCCC offers over 50 hours of classes from basic and classical dances, Peking Opera acrobatics, martial arts, language, Tai Chi, to paper cutting and calligraphy. All classes are grouped according to age and skill levels. Click here to view the full class schedule. 



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Maid Cafe Owner Explains Submissive Sweetshop



Gothamist interviewed the owner of Maid Café NY, Satoshi Yoshimura, and uncovered answers to some questions you

did or perhaps did not think to ask. Is this supposed to be sexy? No. How many New York women are vying for this job? 

80 to 100. Will there be a roving pink-painted Maid Café van stocked with precious little maids blasting Japanese pop 

music and traveling around America? Soon enough. Read on for more. 


Why did you open in Chinatown?

People who know about Japanese culture and anime like the concept of the maid café. All those people in New York City 
come to Chinatown for "Asian cute stuff." We were deciding between the East Village and Chinatown. But people come 
to Chinatown for cute stuff.  Chinatown is drastically changing right now. It's trying to modernize. A lot of new stores are 
opening up like Japanese noodle stores, Korean cosmetic stores. Not only is Japanese culture moving into Chinatown, 
but Asian culture in general is moving in.

How is business? The Daily News wrote about us and that was huge for us. Before The Daily News and Metro wrote

about us, we mainly hosted the people who know about Japanese culture. Now, we have more of the general population. 

I want this maid café to be like a California roll. A California roll is not really sushi in Japan. But it's popular in America. 

Without the California roll, sushi would not be popular in America.


Could you describe your clientele? 

I was surprised! After our grand opening on August 18th, I was surprised to find out that 16-20 year old females are very, 
very attracted to this because of the cute pop setting. This, in Japan, originally attracted mostly males. Not here. But 
there are men who come here because they think the maids are cute. What are they like? Has anything strange happened? Nothing weird has happened. They're very nice people. It's different in Japan. In Japan, the people who are 
interested in these cafés [otaku (read: nerds)] are very shy. I think there's a huge cultural difference because I was 
surprised to find out that American otaku express themselves very well. The ones in Japan do not socialize. That is what 
makes the ones in Japan, maybe, creepy. It's different here.


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