The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens May 21, 2014 as the companion to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. A Dedication Period, which includes a ceremony and opportunities for members of the 9/11 community to visit the Museum before its public opening, is planned from May 15, 2014 through May 20, 2014. 


This Dedication Period is for 9/11 families, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders, 9/11 survivors and lower Manhattan residents and business owners. 


If you are part of one of these groups, you may reserve a free ticket to preview the Museum during the Dedication Period and enter a lottery for the ceremony. Reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Please note: Children under the age of 6 do not need tickets for the Dedication Period. The historical exhibition may not be appropriate for visitors younger than 10. Adults accompanying younger visitors should exercise discretion before entering. 


Please click HERE for more info.





Chinatown Restaurant Week, Don't Miss it!

The successful Chinatown Restaurant Week is ending soon, if you still haven't visited, be sure to check out many of the yummy restaurants who are offering a great deal during this promotional period today!  Also remember, all these restaurants in Chinatown still make great food at excellent prices, and may have their own promotions and special menus even after the promo week!


For more info and a full listing of Chinatown Restaurant Week participating businesses, please visit: 



Free Coffee at Participating McDonald's

McDonald's is running a limited promotion, free small McCafé® coffee during breakfast hours between dates:  03/31/2014 - 04/13/2014.  Valid at participating locations.


Chinatown McDonald's Locations:

262 Canal St  (212) 941-5823*

26 Bowery  (212) 406-0426*


*Promotion participation status unknown at this location.





 May is Lower East Side History Month


May 2014 Marks First Annual Community Celebration of Lower East Side

This May, more than fifty Lower East Side-based cultural and community groups are collaborating to launch Lower East Side (LES) History Month, an annual celebration of the rich, diverse history of New York City's Lower East Side.


During May 2014, dozens of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities will take place at more than thirty sites, all within in the historical definition of the Lower East Side-which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Alphabet City.


Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.

Special kickoff activities will include a community picnic at Pier 42 with performances and activities for all ages on Sunday, May 4; and 'Chalk LES', an interactive project running from Friday May 2nd through Sunday May 4th, encouraging anyone and everyone to share memories and images of the Lower East Side on the city's pavements.


Following these two kickoff events, there will be dozens of ways to engage with the history of the LES. Sample events include:

  • 'THE NEWS,' an outdoors music-theater work performed by teens from Downtown Art at multiple sites in the LES, based on a dozen neighborhood newspaper articles from 1914.
  • Presentations by both Good Ole Lower East Side (GOLES) and the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space on the history of activism in the Lower East Side.
  • Walking tours by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, Lower East Side History Project, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
  • FABLES, a mural series produced by Fourth Arts Block, exploring the Lower East Side's living cultural heritage, rich history, and current issues in storytelling through public art.
  • Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant's Illyria/Loisaida, a modern language take on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, presented as theatrical and historical walking tour of the LES, led by characters from the play and featuring visits to local establishments and iconic locations.
  • Weekly Television and Livestream broadcasts of 28-minute biographies from the best of the The Lower East Side Biography Project.

A calendar of events, upcoming news and a list of participating groups will be available at the Lower East Side History Month website: Interested individuals and organizations are welcome to participate. Please send your inquiry at





Pre-Passover Nosh & Stroll 

Sunday, April 6; Tours at 11 am and 2 pm  


Journey into the kishkes of the Jewish Lower East Side. On this tasty expedition we visit historic and culinary landmarks of the neighborhood. We begin at the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue with a nosh of chocolate-covered matzo, macaroons, and other kosher-for-Passover treats donated by Streit's Matzo. Then we head out to the neighborhood, stopping at The Pickle Guys for their zesty horseradish - a staple of any Passover table; the former site of Schapiro's Wine; Streit's Matzo, where you can taste warm matzo fresh off the conveyor belt; and historical landmarks including the Forward Newspaper Building and Jarmulowsky Bank.  

Visit for their spring calendar.

$25 per person; space is limited and
RSVP is required.






Chocolate Plagues & Matzo Madness? Dayenu! 
Sunday, April 6 from 12 to 2 pm 

Milk chocolate frogs? White chocolate hail? Who knew Passover plagues could be so sweet? First follow a trail of crumbly clues and discover Eldridge Street's own Passover story of freedom. Then, enjoy chocolate plagues so delicious they won't scare anyone away.  
Dayenu? Not yet! Win a Passover gift basket from Streit's Matzo factory, play Passover bingo, and do a holiday art project, too. Now that's Dayenu! 

Coming in May for Preservation Detectives: 
Please visit for more info.




New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 1, 2014 
doctor_patient.jpgBusinesses, learn about the new Paid Sick Leave law that goes into effect next Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

1. The law goes into effect on April 1, 2014. Go to for information.

2. Employers with five (5) or more employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year in New York City must provide paid sick leave. Employers with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave. See FAQ for exempt employers.

3. Domestic workers who have worked for the same employer for more than one year and work more than 80 hours a calendar year earn two (2) days of paid sick leave. Accrual and use of sick leave for domestic workers follows New York State Labor Law.

4. To determine number of employees, employer should count full-time, part-time, and temporary employees if they work more than 80 hours per calendar year in New York City. See FAQ for employees who are covered and not covered by the law.

5. Employers must give their employees the required Notice of Employee Rights created by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).

6. Employees earn up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year.

7. Employees accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year.

8. An employer's existing employees begin accruing sick leave on April 1. New employees begin accruing sick leave on their first day of employment.

9. Existing employees can start using sick leave starting July 30. New employees can start using sick leave 120 days after the first day of employment.

10. The law sets the minimum requirements for sick leave. An employer's leave policies may already meet or exceed the requirements of the law.

For further information, employers may contact the Department of Consumer Affairs as described below.

Call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) and ask for information about Paid Sick Leave Online Live Chat, available at 



New Adult Day Care Center Opens on Elizabeth Street
Friends Adult Day Care - 9 Elizabeth Street, 917-281-2678




Start the Faberge Egg Hunt April 1st, In Chinatown!

Couple comes to Chinatown scouting locations in preparation for the giant egg hunt!

Giant Faberge egg in "unknown" Chinatown restaurant, prepare to find it starting Tuesday!

Not for omelettes but for a good cause!  Support  charity while having a great meal at several participating Chinatown locations/businesses.

Welcome to the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt

This spring, New York City will play host to the world's biggest egg hunt. Over 200 egg sculptures, each individually created by the world's leading artists, designers and creatives, will be displayed across the city for three exhilarating weeks.


Headline sponsored by Fabergé, the event is 100% charitable, raising money for children in New York City through Studio in a School, and conservation efforts through Elephant Family, saving the endangered Asian elephant and its habitat.


Designed by the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Ronnie Wood, Marc Quinn, Bruce Weber, Zaha Hadid, Peter Beard, Carolina Herrera, Jacques Torres and William Wegman, the eggs will be 'hidden' in public places across all five boroughs, with a magical fairy tale taking hunters on a journey to find them.

In partnership with Sotheby's, the highly collectable sculptures are auctioned at the end of the event, raising substantial funds for economically disadvantaged children and critically endangered wildlife.


Studio in a School ( is one of New York's most respected children's non-profits, bringing visual arts and professional artists to more than 150 New York public schools each year. The event will equally benefit Elephant Family ( as they continue to race against the clock to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction.

  • The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt - April 1st - 26th 2014
  • All eggs nest together in one location - April 18th - 26th, 2014
  • Grand Auction - April 22nd, 2014
  • The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt closes - April 26th, 2014

For further information, please contact The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt team on


Photos are from and more info about the event can be found at:


Qing Ming Family Festival

Image courtesy of Hua Hua Visual Expressions  


Sat, Apr 5, 2014 from 12 noon - 4pm

During this special event, families will have the chance to learn about the history of the Qing Ming Festival, play traditional Chinese games, and celebrate the arrival of spring by making their own kites and planting seeds!

Tickets: $10 per person. Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families. Stroller parking limited.

Reservations accepted. To reserve a space, email with your name and the number of festival attendees. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE




First of the Season- Chinatown: A Walk through History


Sat, Apr 12, 2014 from 1pm - 2:30pm
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 from 1pm - 2:30pm
Sat, May 3, 2014 from 1pm - 2:30pm

Uncover the history of one of New York City's oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour examines how everyday buildings, public and commercial places, and streets have shaped the community from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City.  Click HERE for more info.



Sushi Lovers' Meal Deal


MIKA Japanese Cuisine & Bar has a mindblowing deal on sushi - some restrictions apply of course.


All you can eat deal for birthday boys and girls @ Mika Japanese Cuisine & Bar, 150 Centre Street 




Chinatown Night Scene & Snack
 Bowery near Manhattan Bridge, Photo by Wellington Chen

The Manhattan bridge entrance/exit has served as a gateway into Chinatown for many decades and looks beautiful at night time.  After admiring the beautiful scenery, go across the street and walk one block south to 28 Bowery where Great N.Y. Noodletown, opens daily from 9am to 4am, their late hours plus their extensive (noodle, rice, congee, meat, etc) and yummy menu is sure to please "night-owls" everywhere.


Great N.Y. Noodletown - 28 Bowery, (212) 349-0923, Photo from 



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Photos of Chinatown


Beautiful Chinese fans welcome in the spring season to Chinatown.


Vegetables and fruits vendor on Canal Street are where both locals and visitors can find many of the best deals while grocery shopping.


Street Intersection of Mott Street, Bowery and Worth Street, serves as another gateway into seeing all the great things 

Chinatown have to offer to locals and visitors alike.




Photos from ERDBA Indoor Regatta at P.S. 1 

Athletes train and prepare for the dragon boat race in August.  Photos by Matthew Chin