Do you know the BEST way to say "Thank You"? Come and HUG a 'Superstorm Sandy' hero/heroine - at the "Catch-&-Release" project (heroes will be notified in Feb) and show your appreciation from the Chinatown/Little Italy/Jewelry District

Catch-&-Release Project Location:  South Street & John Street (Near South St. Seaport)

Tues, January 21st is National Hugging Day (NHD)! Come celebrate in Chinatown (only 8 minute walk from the seaport) with Friends and Family.

Business of Series Presents:
The Business of Restaurants: How the Eatery Industry Serves New York


Thursday, January 23, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice 524 West 59th Street New York, NY 10019 



The restaurant industry has seen explosive growth and has made a significant impact on New York's economy.

Crain's New York Business along with industry leaders will cover the hot topics:

- Restaurant grading: How the recent legislation eases some of the pain for restaurant owners.
- Paid Sick Days/Living Wages: How it may increase the cost of doing business.
- Labor Issues: From wage and hour lawsuits to finding good help and immigration reform and their impact.
- Staying Alive: How to balance the competition, demanding audiences and "staying fresh." 


For more info, please CLICK HERE

Rugelach Making Workshop

Wednesday, February 19 at 11am 

Learn how to make rugelach, the traditional Jewish pastry, with a range of tasty fillings, including cinnamon, fruit and chocolate. Includes a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. 


More Info & RSVP - $20 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required.  




Lower East Side Side Super Stroll

Tuesday, Jan. 28 or Thursday, Jan. 30 at 1pm

In honor of the Super Bowl we provide a Super Stroll. Whether you are in town specifically for the Super Bowl or just plain in town, join us for an old-fashioned egg cream and a knish from Yonah Schimmel at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Then visit landmarks of the Lower East side neighborhood and discover some of the long-ago characters of the area: gangsters and bankers, rabbis and rabble-rousers and more. 


More Info & RSVP - $25 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. 

Lunar New Year Celebration 2014

January 25 & 26 / February 8 & 9, 2014

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the New York Chinese Cultural Center all around the New York City! In 2014, NYCCC will stage our culturally rich Lunar New Year Grand Celebration program which will cover two full weekends at iconic cultural institutions in four boroughs and your neighborhood. Celebrate the Year of the Horse with colorful costumed Chinese folk dances, classical and Hip-Hop style Lion dancing, and hands-on Chinese Arts & Crafts, all presented and shared with you and thousands of fellow New Yorkers. Lunar New Year Celebration is the longest run and the largest celebration program in the East Coast for 28 consecutive years. All program are free with museums' suggested admission.  


Saturday, January 25th, 2014, 2pm, Bronx Museum

Sunday, January 26th, 2014, 1pm-4pm, Queens Museum of Art 

Saturday, February 8th, 2014, 1pm-5pm, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, February 9th, 2014, 2pm, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, $10/admission   


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Meng Introduces Measure Aimed at Creating School Holiday
for Lunar New Year

Jan 13, 2014 - Press Release

Congresswoman sponsors resolution in Congress as Asian-American Community prepares to celebrate holiday
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) introduced a measure in Congress today that aims to create a school holiday for the Lunar New Year, which the Asian-American community is set to celebrate on January 31.


Meng's measure, a Congressional resolution, encourages local education agencies serving a substantial Asian-American population to close schools on Lunar New Year in recognition of the cultural significance of the holiday. Local education agencies include entities that operate public schools such as school districts, school boards and departments of education.


"Lunar New Year is celebrated by well over 8.7 million Asian-Americans in the United States, as well as by many non-Asian-Americans," said Meng. "It's the most important holiday of the year for the Asian-American community, and Asian-American students should not be forced to choose between celebrating with family or missing school. Students of many other cultures and ethnicities rightly have off for the most important holidays they observe, and kids who celebrate Lunar New Year should be afforded the same."



Seasonal Walking Tour:  Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown

Sat, Jan 25, 2014 from 11am - 12:30pm
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 from 11am - 12:30pm
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 from 1pm - 2:30pm
Sat, Feb 1, 2014 from 11am - 12:30pm

Saturdays and Sundays from Jan 25th to Feb 9th

11am-12:30pm & 1pm-2:30pm (only 11am on Jan 25th)

Join MOCA for a seasonal walking tour favorite! Lunar New Year is the liveliest and most important celebration in Chinese culture and Chinatown is the place to experience it. MOCA's walking tour takes visitors through Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households.

Tickets: $15/adult, $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member. Free for children under 5.


Advance reservation required. Purchase tickets online.

NYCares Coat Drive at P.S. 1    

P.S.1 Penny Harvest was able to drop off over 100 coats, some hats, scarves, sweaters, sweatshirts to the 5th Pct and expect to drop off another shipment by this coming Friday.  The staff and children who helped felt so proud to be able to do something for our city and were thankful to all the families who donated coats for babies, toddlers, and adults.  It was a great experience of giving.   

15th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival
Date: January 31st, 2014 | Friday | 11:00am

Location: Sara Roosevelt Park (Grand & Forsyth St.)

On Jan 31st, come watch the firecracker ceremony taking place at the SDR Park. Come early to get a good spot around the perimeter of the park and watch Chinatown leaders and elected officials light up the new year with the sound of firecrackers to Year of the Horse.

Click HERE for more info.

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