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Hester Street Collaborative
Employment, Intern, Volunteer Opportunities

College Internships

During the school year, HSC looks for dynamic undergraduate or graduate level interns. Students who have an interest in any of the following are encouraged to apply: urban planning, community development, architecture, public art, arts education, nonprofit management, public relations and marketing. Interns will receive a modest stipend, and have the option of also receiving academic credit. We request a minimum contribution of 10-15 hours per week, some during nontraditional work hours, in order to maximize the depth and breadth of exposure to HSC activities.


Communications Intern

We are currently seeking applications for our Fall 2014 Communications Internship. We request a minimum contribution of 10-15 hours per week, some during nontraditional work hours, in order to maximize the depth and breadth of exposure to HSC activities.

The Communications Intern will work closely and collaboratively with HSC's staff on projects specifically related to an effective communications strategy for a nonprofit, including social media, digital and traditional press outreach, and promotional materials.


Marketing & Events Internship 
High School Internships 


Hester Street Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally-protected status.


To apply or find more information click HERE.




Launching summer 2014, The Water Tank Project will transform the New York City skyline.


Artwork by acclaimed artists and New York City public school students will be wrapped around rooftop water tanks throughout the city, celebrating the talents of established and emerging artists, and calling attention to the global water crisis.


The Water Tank Project is part art exhibition, part awareness campaign. For the duration of the project, art above will be complemented by action on the ground through educational programs, public tours, social media activities and a symposium dedicated to inspiring fresh views on global water issues.


Our aim is to produce art as social intervention, to inspire awe and joy, to educate, and to alter attitudes and habits among those who experience The Water Tank Project, ultimately creating meaningful and long-lasting change.

The Water Tank Project is the inaugural initiative of Word Above the Street, a non-profit dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and social advocacy through art.


To find out more click HERE.


Bone Marrow Drive

Take part in a special bone marrow typing drive as part of a movement to find a bone marrow donor for a young and bright student, Eric Hou. If you are between the ages of 18 and 44 and are in good general health, please come fill out a consent form and get a painless cheek swab. It will take 15 minutes and it is painless. 


City, Ecology Center Open Two New Lower East Side Compost Sites

In partnership with the city's sanitation department, the Lower East Side Ecology Center's composting program is expanding. The NYC Compost Project already had drop-off sites in the ecology center's garden on East 7th Street and on East Houston Street at 1st Avenue. Recently two more LES locations were added:


Grand & Clinton - Starting October 6th
Mondays and Fridays 8:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: Southwest corner of Grand and Clinton Streets


East Broadway - Starting October 8th
Wednesdays 8:00AM-11:00AM
Location: Southeast corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street

To find out more click HERE.


Bubble Tea: No Bursting the Drink's Popularity
downtownexpress.com / By Zach Williams

Downtown Express photo by Zach Williams

Anne Pappenheim of Oxfordshire, England came to Chinatown for a different kind of tea Monday afternoon.


She took it with milk, sugar and plenty of black tapioca balls at the bottom of her domed plastic cup. She had never drunk bubble tea before this week, but a classmate from her university days would change that by bringing her to Ten Ren's Tea Time on Mott St.


"I've been told it's an experience not to be missed," she said as she turned her attention to the matter at hand. 


"That's lovely," she said of the cold, vanilla-flavored drink in her right hand.


Call it tapioca milk tea, bubble milk tea, boba  (pronounced "ball [without the L sound] bah") or zhenzhu naicha ("jen jew nigh cha") . Within the last 30 years, the drink has spread from its native Taiwan to Chinese communities throughout the world. A dozen or so businesses devoted to it are within a few minutes walk from Columbus Park in Manhattan's Chinatown. While their products taste quite similar, businesses distinguish themselves through ambience and the pace of life patrons desire as they satisfy their sweet teeth.


To read full article click HERE.

Modernity and the Bible - With Dr. Regina Stein 
8 SESSIONS: TUESDAYS OCT. 21, 28; NOV. 4, 11, 18, 25; DEC. 2, 9, 11 AM TO 12:30 PM

Who wrote the Bible? Did the events it presents happen as the Bible describes them? Is the text of the Torah scroll accurate? Medieval rabbinic commentators had clear answers to these questions. But modern scientific discoveries, archaeology and literary theories radically challenged many traditional notions. How should we read the Bible in the 21st century? To answer this complex question, we will explore some of the personalities, ideas and debates from the classical rabbinic period to the Middle Ages, and from the Enlightenment to today.

$15 per class; $110 for all 8 classes 
To RSVP click HERE.

MOCACREATE: Memory Prints 


Sat, Oct 4 & 18  | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Learn the basics of relief printing and create cool prints during this workshop. Enjoy gallery activities exploring the artworks of Phillip Chen and practice printmaking techniques inspired by MOCA's latest exhibition, Memory Prints


Join our MOCACREATE drop-in art workshops every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-4pm.       

To find out more click HERE.



 Photo by Wingyan Sang

One business that has been a consistent presence on this stretch of jewelry stores for the past four decades is Golden Jade Jewelry, located at 189 Canal Street, near the northwest corner of Canal Street and Mott Street. The store first opened its door for business in March 1975, when Sio Wai Sang and his wife, Susan Sang, decided to establish a second jewelry store in the neighborhood.

In 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sang opened their first jewelry store, called S&N Jewelry, at 227 Canal Street near the northeast corner of Canal Street and Centre Street. According to Mr. Sang, when he and his wife opened S&N Jewelry, theirs was the only Chinese-owned jewelry store on Canal Street. The other jewelry concerns were owned and operated by predmoninatly Jewish, Italian, and Latin American proprietors. After over 30 years of continuous operation, the Sangs closes S&N Jewelry in May 2007. That storefront, now under new ownership, sells handbags and other fashion accessories.


With the money they earned from S&N Jewelry, Mr. and Mrs. Sang opened Golden Jade Jewelry 1973. The shop is a few blocks east of their flagship store, and Golden Jade Jewelry is currently one of two jewelry vendors anchoring the six-story brick building in which it is located. The façade of the building contains a sign reading "American Legion." Below the sign's large block letters are three large flagstaffs projecting onto the street. The building is owned by American Legion Post 1291, the largest Chinese veterans post in the United States. Post 1291 has its offices on the third floor, and other tenants in the building include professional services such as accounting, law, and medical offices.

To read full article click HERE.


The Singing Table: Hasidic Songs, Stories and Nosh 



Food, song and story are the ingredients for this one-of-a-kind concert that recreates the warm atmosphere of a Jewish Sabbath table. Musicians Lisa Mayer, Sruli Dresdner, Zachary Mayer and Aaron Mayer perform nigunim, wordless spiritual tunes traditionally sung at the holiday table, as well as play Hasidic music and recount family stories and history. 


Museum at Eldridge Street


Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)


New York, NY

General Admission; includes bagels, herring, coffee and other light nosh

Price: $25.00

To purchase tickets click HERE.


Meet the Commissioner: Talking Small Business Relief with Julie Menin 

This event is part of a five-borough series to educate business owners and other key leaders on the two-dozen reforms that have been implemented by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to bring much-needed relief to thousands of New York City's small businesses.


These reforms reduce the number and cost of violations for small businesses, increase transparency and fairness, and expand business outreach and education.


The Agency expects a reduction of approximately $5 million in fines since last fiscal year, a goal of Mayor de Blasio's. Meanwhile, owners can reinvest their hard-earned money back into their businesses, instead of paying onerous fines.


-Discuss Key Points in the Small Business Relief Package including:
-Reduced Number of Violations
-Reduced Settlement Amounts
-Opportunity to Cure Violations
-Availability of Plain-Language Inspection Checklists
-Language Access for Inspections
-Increase Education and Outreach

Time: 8:00 AM TO 9:30 AM 

Manatt, Phelps & Philips 
7 Times Square 
New York, NY 10036


To register click HERE.

Asian American / Asian Research Institute 13th Annual Gala

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time: 6:30PM to 9:30PM
Program will begin promptly at 7PM!


Place: Jing Fong Restaurant
20 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY


AAARI's Annual Gala is attended by 450+ Asian and non-Asian academic, business, civic and community leaders, faculty, staff and students. As of Fall 2013, the Asian American representation in CUNY is over 56,000, with more than 5,100 faculty and staff, 4,200 graduate students and 46,700 undergraduates of Asian heritage. There are tens of thousands of Asian American CUNY alumni working and living throughout New York and the country. AAARI engages the Asian American community within CUNY, New York City and beyond.


To find out more information click HERE.

Beijing Pop Kabob

Spicy Shredded Duck With Chives !!!!!

Spicy Diced Pork With Leek Moss, Good for Beer!!!

Check out this new restaurant at 122 Mulberry Street

Register Your Official NYC
 Web Address


The .nyc domain is now available for the millions of people, businesses, organizations, and ideas within the five boroughs to Own It.


To find more information or register click HERE.




BACKGROUND:  The Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID) is the 66th BID in New York City and the 9th Chinatown to be part of a BID in North America. BIDs are formed by property and business owners to help improve and maintain a local commercial district.  The NY Chinatown BID is the result and culmination of six years of formation process and many decades of community efforts. The CDMA began operation in late 2012. These initial services augment many quality of life basics such as supplemental sanitation, sidewalk and streetscape maintenance with provision of street furniture and other essential core missions.

Please CLICK HERE to download the application.


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