What to Do on Christmas When You Don't Celebrate It
By: ADAM DACHIS on LIFEHACKER
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year-unless you're like me and don't celebrate it. Then you're stuck with a world mostly shut down and seemingly nothing to do. Fortunately you have quite a few options, whether you're along or with friends, to make December 25th a fun day off regardless of your observances.
The Obvious Stuff
Chinese restaurants and movie theaters traditionally stay open on Christmas day for those of us who have nowhere else to go. In fact, my Christmas plans usually involve both because they're both things I like. While this guide will include ways to find other activities, you shouldn't necessarily rule out these classic non-Christmas activities. They're staples of the un-holiday for good reason.
Chinese (and Jewish) Restaurants
Finding a Chinese restaurant that's open on Christmas doesn't take much work. Just search Yelp for options near you that are open. A few phone calls should find you a meal pretty quickly. If you're in a larger city (e.g. New York, Los Angeles, etc.) with a large cluster of Chinese restaurants (e.g. Chinatown), look in that area as well. Don't forget to make a reservation even if it's just dinner for you or a small party. Popular restaurants sometimes receive so much business on Christmas day that they can't accommodate everyone. You may not run into a problem, but it's always better to be prepared.
A presentation by the Department of Education on the new online Kindergarten application process
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 9:00 AM
The Yung Wing School (PS 124) Auditorium 40 Division Street, New York, NY 10002
Presentation by Mr. Daniel Hildreth
from the Department of Education, Office of Student Enrollment followed by Q & A.
The Department of Education is switching to a new online tool for families across the five boroughs to apply for kindergarten for next fall (a child born in 2009 is eligible to start Kindergarten in September 2014). The application process starts in January. The single application will allow parents to rank their options in order of preference, with zones and admissions priorities remaining unchanged. Come find out firsthand what the change will mean for you.
This event is free. Interpreters in Spanish and Chinese will be available.
For more information, contact Linda Lumpkin at 212- 356-3915 or LLumpkin@schools.nyc.gov
Restaurants & Shops
Christmas In New York - "New York's #1
Year Round Christmas Shopping Experience",
133 Mulberry Street, (212) 693-1600 / More Info
Store Hours: Mon -Fri 10:00 am-9:00 pm / Sat-Sun 10:00 am-9:00pm
Open 365 days
Caffe Napoli - Authentic Italian Cuisine, 191 Hester St, (212) 226-8705
Job Opening for Exe. Director Position - Immigrant Social Services, Inc.
Founded in 1972, Immigrant Social Services (the "ISS") is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the conditions and promoting the welfare of immigrants and other indigent or underprivileged persons in New York City by furnishing instructions in English language trainings, supervising recreational activities, disseminating information with respect to problems and opportunities in the fields of housing, employment, vocational training and availability of medical care, legal aid, education, recreation and welfare. ISS also provides services to improve the quality of life of its community and to address the needs of immigrant and minority children and youth.
The ISS Board of Directors is seeking a leader who has strong core values to take on the role as our Executive Director. Qualified candidates will:
provide strategic thinking and leadership to direct ISS to the next level of service excellence as a leading social service and youth development agency.
inspire, develop and manage the staff to achieve the ISS mission;
diversify and expand fund-raising, and develop alternate sources of income; and
strengthen relations with community leaders and organizations, elected officials as well as federal, state and local government agencies.
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by Michael Hsu
200 Canal St., 212-571-0330
This bi-level grocery store is a one-stop shop for more than just Chinese ingredients and staples. You'll find a roasted-meats station near the front of the store, where you can have prepared pork and duck chopped to order, and a noodle bar toward the back that serves soups, bubble milk tea and other treats. There's even an area devoted to medicinal herbs. Most of New Kam Man's expansive lower level is filled with housewares. It carries all manner of fuzzy-logic rice makers and Japanese water boilers, as well as one of the most extensive selections of dishware in the neighborhood (especially now that Pearl River
has moved to SoHo). One side of the floor has traditional Chinese porcelain, the other has dishes, bowls and cups imported from Japan. The chopsticks and chopsticks holders range in style from the whimsical (think Hello Kitty) to the refined-and make an easy-to-pack souvenir.
Chinatown Arcade Deal
Chinatown$15 for $30 Worth of Arcade Play at the Chinatown Fair
In a Nutshell: Arcade classics and contemporary favorites such as Guitar Hero, Tekken 6, air hockey, and skee-ball.
Shanghai Cuisine In Big Apple
Shanghai Heping Restaurant:
Opened in 2012, Heping (Peace) Restaurant shares the Chinese name of the famous hotel on The Bund in Shanghai, they specializes in authentic Shanghai style cuisine and also offer VIP room bookings w/ the latest karaoke system. See more details.