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Important Information on the October 12, 2014 VCF Registration Deadline


The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is approaching an important deadline. This deadline applies to individuals who were diagnosed with a 9/11-related eligible cancer other than Prostate Cancer on or before October 12, 2012 and who have not already registered or filed a VCF claim.

Claimants diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 with one of the cancers added to the list of eligible conditions on that date must register with the Fund by October 12, 2014.

Registration preserves your right to file a claim in the future (before the VCF ends on October 3, 2016). Registration is not the same as filing a claim and you are not required to file a claim even if you have registered. Click here for detailed information on filing deadlines. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about registration and filing deadlines can be found here.


Organized by the Chinatown Partnership & Chinatown BID on Sept 7th, 2014

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Work Notice - East Broadway/Chinatown


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How New York Lives: Comptroller Stringer's Weekly Brief


While much of New York City's housing stock remains in good condition and asset values have increased, significant pockets of our City's housing are deteriorating.  We still have much work to do to ensure that every New Yorker has a safe place to call home. My new report "How New York Lives" shows that there are great disparities between public housing and market rate apartment maintenance efforts. Policymakers and the public must maintain pressure on all levels of government, especially the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency responsible for NYCHA, to bring our city's affordable housing stock back into good repair. 


To view full report click HERE.

A Stretch of Mott Street Remembered

The ornately decorated interior of Port Arthur Chinese Restaurant. (Photo via The China Press) 


In the very beginning, New York's Chinatown had only three streets: Mott, Pell and Doyers. A turn onto Mott Street led to what was known as the "world's most famous" Chinese restaurant, located at 7-9 Mott St., on the left side of the block.


Opened in 1897, Port Arthur Chinese Restaurant operated until 1974 and is among Chinatown's earliest eateries. It is unclear why the restaurant was named Port Arthur, though its Chinese name, Lushungang, refers to a port on the tip of Liaoning Peninsula, in northern China. Lushungang was controlled by the Russians during the Russian-Japanese war of 1905 and was called Port Arthur.

To read full article click HERE.


Daily News Gets a Sneak Peek of the Best Italian Delicacies In the 
Feast of San Gennaro

BY MICHAEL KAMINER / www.nydailynews.com 

 "Baby" John DeLutro prepares "Walnoli," a walnut-shaped pastry filled with cream, at Caffe Palermo, 148 Mulberry St.



 By Bryan Smith


San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples. But it's New York City he blesses every year with an 11-day festival highlighting delicious Italian-accented food, much of it from local chefs and restaurants.


It's also a welcome departure from the usual grub at Big Apple street fairs. We love gyros and mozzarepas as much as the next New Yorker, but by September, even a whiff of them elicits yawns.


People stroll down Mulberry St. at the annual San Gennaro festival.



At the Feast of San Gennaro, kicking off Thursday and running through Sept. 22 along Mulberry St. in Little Italy, you'll find unusual goodies that aren't available at most other outdoor festivals. Along with traditional treats like sausage and zeppoli, vendors will offer fresh spins on favorites from three-meat Italian sliders to "Walnolis" - walnut-shaped dough stuffed with cannoli cream.

Chris Nirschel's mouthwatering chicken Parm sliders. 

To read full article click HERE


Chocolate Meltdown

Sunday, September 21 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Our fall Preservation Detectives Family program kicks off with something sweet to ring in the Jewish New Year. Bring the kids for holiday chocolate making, an autumn art project and a fun-filled family scavenger hunt. Perfect for ages 4-11.


$15 per family


To RSVP click HERE

Fall Classes Start This Weekend

Classes on Saturdays and Sundays for all ages!

New York Chinese Cultural Center's School of the Arts offers a comprehensive curriculum of Chinese dance, martial arts, Beijing opera acrobatics and weaponry, Chinese language, ink brush painting, and paper cutting for students of all ages. Learn how to artfully master the sword or ribbon, how to create works of art out of brush and paper, or simply how to stay fit! With so many choices from beginner to advanced, there's sure to be a class that's right for you! All classes are grouped according to age and skill level.

For more information or help with registration please contact Selena, NYCCC School Assistant at 212-334-3764 x704 or at sa@chinesedance.org.

To see the schedule click HERE.


Photo: Alexander Thompson 
113 Mott St., 212-226-7221

There's more to Chinatown than Chinese food. You'll also find terrific Vietnamese spots scattered throughout the neighborhood. For a casual lunch, bánh mì is hard to beat. These Vietnamese subs are filled with various meats-grilled pork, shredded chicken or even sardines-topped with fresh and pickled vegetables, garnished with cilantro and served on a long toasted roll. Many foodies hail the sandwiches at Bánh Mì Saigon Bakery as the best in the City. But for a more varied menu, check out Paris Sandwich. In addition to standard Vietnamese fare, the spot also makes a simple ham-and-cheese sandwich (on its signature Vietnamese roll, of course). The "banh kep"-a sweet green-tea waffle-is a perfect midday snack, especially when paired with a cup of strong Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk. On hot days, try the Nuoc Da Chanh Muoi-an ice-cold salted lemonade. 


To read original at nycgo.com click HERE.









Waves of Identity transforms the Bloomberg Special Exhibitions gallery into an archive environment encouraging open exploration of MOCA's rich collection of Chinese American history. This exhibition will present over 200 objects and stories, organized in eight sections through a series of provocative questions such as Where Does Chinatown End? How Do You Become American? and What Does It Mean To Be Chinese? This inquiry-based approach will prompt visitors to actively search for answers within archive materials and objects. The featured artifacts, documents, videos and oral histories embody and evoke the lives, complexities, and aspirations of Chinese American communities in New York Chinatown and beyond.


For more information click HERE


Jewish Baroque Music - With the Concertino New York Chamber Ensemble

Our historic landmark provides a magnificent and fitting backdrop for a performance of instrumental and vocal music by Italian, French, Austrian, English and Dutch composers of the 17th and 18th centuries, including Handel, Rossi, Saladin and others. These beautiful compositions were commissioned by major European synagogues and performed during the different occasions of the Jewish calendar. This concert features artistic director Simona Frenkel and her Concertino New York Chamber Ensemble, showcasing some of the finest young professional musicians in the greater New York area. 


$20 adults; $15 students and seniors


To RSVP click HERE


MOCA CINEMA at Columbus Park

Film still from: In the Mood for Love. Dir. Wong Kar-Wai. The Criterion Collection, 2000. Film.


Fri, Sep 5, 2014 - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 6:45pm

MOCA CINEMA at Columbus Park


Join NYC Parks and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) for three film screenings at the Columbus Park Pavilion in the month of September.


Enjoy the open air of the Pavilion in the company of your friends and family while watching three great films! All films have English Subtitles.


Friday, September 19 // 6:45 p.m.

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Directed by Wong Kar-Wai



Columbus Park Pavilion

Bayard, Baxter, Worth & Mulberry Streets

New York, New York 10038


This event is FREE and open to the public.


To RSVP click HERE


A Mystery of Chinatown

Michael Nagle for The New York Times 


It's easier to stumble on Taste of Northern China than to find it. The address is 88 East Broadway, but the storefront is around the corner, on Forsyth Street, with a mysterious 106 above the door (a suite number, it turns out). The name Taste of Northern China appears on the menu but not on the sign out front, or at least not in English - the Chinese characters translate roughly as Northern Delicacies, with the not-so-helpful English addendum China Local Cuisine.

Best is the griddle pancake, as it's called on the menu, a disc of dense yet somehow still fluffy flatbread that suggests an oversize English muffin, dusted (no, that's too delicate a word - dredged) in more of that salt-cumin-chile mix and thrust on two skewers to stay upright. It is such a pleasure to carry it, like a lollipop, through the streets of Chinatown, taking small bites of the warm, fragrant bread with the sheerest barbecue crust. Someone could serve these at Smorgasburg with artisanal salts and make a killing.


To read full article click HERE.


Hua Ji Pork Chop Fast Food 
Photo by Alex H.

From Yelp, Review by Christy Z.

I think I may have found a more excellent-er place than Excellent Pork Chop House.

Yes, I know what you're thinking. I couldn't believe it at first either, but after stopping in here three times in one week, I am a firm believer that the pork chop over rice at Hua Ji trumps Excellent Pork Chop House.

Hua Ji is a very small place. You might even miss it as you're walking along Allen Street. Most people who order from them pick up their orders. For those who opt to sit down and eat, the seats are limited. There are only 6 seats against the wall and a small TV mounted in the corner playing old school Chinese dramas. Oh yeah, and like most small Chinese places, it's CASH ONLY.

7 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
Phone number(212) 219-9876

To read more reviews click HERE for Yelp.

A Guide To The 87th Annual Feast Of San Gennaro

The San Gennaro Festival runs 11 days in Little Italy and Nolita. (Credit: CBS 2)


New York City's longest-running and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States, the Feast of San Gennaro is in its 87th year. Running from Sept 12-22 in the streets of historic Little Italy, the feast is a time to celebrate Italian-American culture and heritage through delicious food, colorful parades, and free musical performances. Check out these eight events happening during the festive 11-day celebration.


For more information about events click HERE.


Musical evening at San Gennaro Festival, Mott & Grand St  


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