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.
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.
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
Please click HERE for more info.
Chinatown Restaurant Week, Don't Miss it!
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: http://www.chinatownrestaurantweek.com/
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
tours by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, Lower East Side History
Project, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, and The Lower East Side
- 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: www.leshistorymonth.org. 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
Visit www.eldridgestreet.org 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
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.
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
Coming in May for Preservation Detectives:
New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 1, 2014
Businesses, 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 www.nyc.gov/PaidSickLeave for information.
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
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.
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.
employer's existing employees begin accruing sick leave on April 1. New
employees begin accruing sick leave on their first day of employment.
Existing employees can start using sick leave starting July 30. New
employees can start using sick leave 120 days after the first day of
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 www.nyc.gov/BusinessToolbox
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!
for omelettes but for a good cause! Support
charity while having a great meal at several participating
Welcome to the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt
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.
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.
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
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 (www.studioinaschool.org)
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 (www.elephantfamily.org) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Qing Ming Family Festival
Image courtesy of Hua Hua Visual Expressions
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 from 12 noon - 4pm
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
Tickets: $10 per person. Free for MOCA Family Level
Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families. Stroller
Reservations accepted. To reserve a space,
email email@example.com 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
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.
Chinatown Night Scene & Snack
Bowery near Manhattan Bridge, Photo by Wellington Chen
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
Great N.Y. Noodletown - 28 Bowery, (212) 349-0923, Photo from http://greatnynoodletown.com/
Photos of Chinatown
Beautiful Chinese fans welcome in the spring season to Chinatown.
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