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6th Annual Marco Polo Festival

Saturday, October 18th

11:00AM - 3:00PM



This fall, Two Bridges will host the 6th Annual Marco Polo Festival, celebrating the Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District, and the special relationship between the Chinese and Italian American communities of Manhattan's Chinatown & Little Italy.


The 2014 Marco Polo street festivities begin with a breathtaking pageant through the streets of Chinatown & Little Italy.


Large-scale marionettes of Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, and a monumental hand-painted 50' long, silk banner depicting the "Silk Road", are paraded through the streets by local youth, accompanied by cultural musicians and others.


Upon the arrival of the pageant procession at the Grand Street Stage, a unique mixture of music and cultural performances commences.


Programming includes traditional Chinese & Italian Opera, folk dances,

contemporary Chinese & Italian instrumental performances, acrobatics and more!


For more information click HERE.


http://www.thrillist.com BY CRAIG NELSON

It's actually pretty easy to find great Chinese food in New York, but if you've already tried the critical darlings, or you want to escape the crowds and the trendy favorites (see: Great NY Noodletown, Xi'an Famous Foods, RedFarm...), check out these hidden gems, all of which have a little less fanfare and fewer Instagram-happy fans.


Fuleen Seafood Chinatown

This place has been an industry favorite over the years, but it rarely gets much attention anymore. That's good for you, because you don't have to fight the crowds to get a late-night whole fish feast or a seafood lunch special that's one of the best (and tastiest) deals in Chinatown.



Yunnan Kitchen Lower East Side
Not all authentic Chinese food has to be served from a total hole-in-the-wall, and this Lower East Side restaurant proves the point. Here, you get to experience both a comfortable and cool dining room alongside unique cuisine based on recipes from the Yunnan province. That includes things you can't find at your run-of-the-mill spots like Spicy Pulled Pork Cold Noodles with chrysanthemum and chili oil, lamb meatballs, and Ma La Chicken Wings with the tingly numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Also: house cocktails! like a Chrysanthemum Daiquiri and Chinese Michelada with Tsingtao, ginger beer, fresh lemon juice, soy, and Sichuan peppercorn.

To read full article click HERE.


Health Workshop on Green Awareness with special speaker David Yeung. Learn about Green Monday, a growing vegetarian initiative to lower your carbon footprint and be healthy.

Organized by Mannings Pharmacy.

LAPA Fundraising Experts Talk: 
our Government Grant Questions Answered

Securing government grants can be tricky.  Learn from LAPA's panel of experts who have won grants on the city, state, and federal level for healthcare, social services, arts & culture, research, workforce development, education, and more. 

Register today and you'll be entered in our raffle for a free copy of The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution by Laurence A. Pagnoni 

Government Grants Expert Panel
Tuesday, October 21, 9:30am-12:00pm
Hosted by LAPA Fundraising at Edwards Wildman 
750 Lexington Ave., NYC (at 59th St)

Our experts will answer your burning questions: 
  • What makes a great government grant application?
  • How are government grants scored?
  • How do you choose the right RFP for our agency?
  • Online portals: how do you prevent disaster?
  • Can your agency secure an award if you have no track record of government grants?

Audience questions will be welcome.  


To register for this event click HERE.

Chinese Orchestra Performance at Lincoln Center
中國國家大劇院管弦樂團    聯合



中國小提琴家  呂思清
頂級搭配  頂級演出

梁山伯與祝英台  及  柴可夫斯基 第五交響曲

Date:  11/5/2014 星期三晚 
Time:  8pm
Place:  Lincoln Center

$53.50 (含林肯中心設施費 $3.50)
$38.50 (含林肯中心設施費 $3.50)

Ticket Office 售票處

法拉盛世界書局:  TEL: 718-445-2665 
拉盛 新華書店:TEL: 718-358-2478
華埠萬有書局: TEL: 212-219-2822
布碌崙世界書局 TEL: 718-871-5000  
新澤西金門超市: l: 732-248-9611 


Grain Bowls: How to Make Your Own
Nicole Tung for The New York Times 

The rice bowl has come a long way. Once relegated to health food restaurants and natural food shops, it was a humble, healthful, often vegetarian one-dish meal reminiscent of Japanese donburi and Korean bibimbap, rice bowls topped with meat or fish, vegetables and pickles. 


Now, you're just as likely to run into a grain bowl, made with the likes of quinoa, farro or freekeh, at the trendiest restaurants as you are at the cafe adjacent to your yoga studio.


Case in point: At Dimes, a new restaurant in Chinatown, you will find a barley bowl topped with pickled salmon and cabbage slaw. At Sqirl in Los Angeles, heirloom brown rice is mixed with cumin and Swiss chard and topped with crisp chorizo. At El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette on the Lower East Side, grits cooked in cashew milk is topped with slow-roasted pork and pickled onions.


For evidence that the bowl has gone mainstream, look no further than Chipotle, whose burrito bowl is the biggest selling item on the menu.

Yet you rarely hear people talking about grain bowls as easy, healthful, never-dull dinners to whip up at home. But they are exactly that.


To read full article click HERE.


Hi Community Friends~

We're on sale! Southwest announced a three-day travel sale today!  For three days only, you can purchase nonstop, one-way tickets for $49, $99, $129, or $149 to select markets on southwest.com.


These low fares are available for purchase on southwest.com starting Tuesday, October 14 through Thursday, October 16, 2014, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city, for travel every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays, December 3 through December 17, 2014 and January 6 through February 11, 2015. Seats are limited.


To see the list of available cities, prices, and to take advantage of these special fares, visit www.southwest.com


Exclusions and restrictions apply.



Purchase from October 14 through October 16, 2014, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city. Travel December 3 through December 17, 2014 and January 6 through February 11, 2015. Travel to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico valid December 3 through December 11, 2014 and January 13 through February 11, 2015. Travel valid every day except Fridays and Sundays. Travel to Florida or Nevada is valid Sunday through Wednesday only.  Additionally, travel from Florida or Nevada is valid Tuesday through Friday only.  Travel between Nevada and Florida is valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Some flights operated by AirTran® Airways. Fares valid on nonstop service only. Displayed prices include all U.S. and international government taxes and fees. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods.  Travel is available for one-way Wanna Get Away Fares. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare's rules apply. Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but not guaranteed. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines, so long as you cancel your reservations at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.  Failure to cancel prior to departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the reservation.   Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime Fare. Fares are subject to change until ticketed.  Offer applies to published, scheduled service only.



Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion 


Arnold Genthe, Woman and Child, San Francisco Chinatown. Photograph. New-York Historical Society 


Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States-a history that involved New York from its very beginnings-and will raise the question "What does it mean to be an American?" The exhibit narrative extends from the late eighteenth century to the present and includes all regions of the country, thus interpreting the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history.

Within the exhibition, rich in media and artifacts, will be little-known stories, such as the voyage of the Empress of China, which set sail from New York in the late eighteenth century; how young Chinese boys were sent by their government to study at elite New England schools during the nineteenth century; the unprecedented immigration legislation known as the Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred most Chinese from entering the United States; the nineteenth-century newspaper, called Chinese American, and its founder Wong Chin Foo; and the Chinese American activists who used the American justice system to try to overturn the Exclusion Act. 

For more information click HERE.
Book Launch: A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987

Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein's (University of Pennsylvania) new book explores an aspect of Yiddish literature that has long been overlooked: the roles that women poets played in forming a modern Yiddish literature.  She will be joined by Professor David Roskies (Jewish Theological Seminary) for a discussion, readings of poetry in Yiddish and English. With music by the Deborah Strauss Fiddle Trio.

This event is free.

Co-sponsored by The Anne Frank Center USA

To RSVP click HERE.

MOCAEATS: The Sweet Saga

Admission: $15/Adult; $10/Member, Senior & Student

From taro to tiramisu, confections have evolved through the creative direction of two popular dessert parlors in the MOCA neighborhood: Ferrara Bakery & Cafe (since 1892) in Little Italy, and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (since 1978) in Chinatown. Not your everyday chocolate and vanilla, customers order black sesame ice cream and stracciatella gelato, reflective of the neighborhood's rich history of Italian and Chinese immigration. Christina Seid (Chinatown Ice Cream Factory) andErnest Lepore (Ferrara Bakery & Cafe) give us the scoop on how each of their concoctions infuse a classic American dessert with their own blend of culture, tradition, and heritage. Dessert sampling to follow.

This program is held in partnership with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council as part of the 6th Annual Marco Polo Festival.

To find out more or register click HERE.


Here at SPICEBOX USA, desserts are our passion. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients to create delicious crepes that will fill your belly and warm your heart. Come and visit - your taste buds will thank you!

To find out more click HERE.

Sanitation Department to Offer Anti-Junk Mail Service

In an effort to reduce waste, the city says its "Stop Junk Mail" campaign will benefit New Yorkers and the environment.


The Department of Sanitation is partnering with the GreeNYC program to promote an anti-junk mail service.


On the program's website, you can opt out of a number of unsolicited mailing lists at once.


"We have two billion pieces of junk mail delivered to New Yorkers every year. And a huge amount of that still does end up in landfills," says Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.


"I hope it works where a lot of the junk is stopped and we don't have this excess garbage to throw away," says one New Yorker.


"I attempted to sign off from junk mail with specific companies but it's very laborious and one stop shop is the best," another person says.


To visit their website click HERE.
Wilson Tang's Insider's Chinatown
Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.  

Wilson Tang is the owner of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, the oldest dim sum house in the city dating back to 1920. Four years ago, Wilson took over the restaurant from his uncle, who had started as a dishwasher in the fifties and worked his way up, eventually buying the restaurant and building in 1974.


While Wilson has not done a make-over on the interior design, he has updated the menu. "We expanded the menu to over 50 items and added larger plates so it can work in a dinner format with noodles, fried rice, ribs and beer and wine." The dim sum isn't rolled around on carts, but is made-to-order so it's hot and fresh when you eat it. "The cuisine is primarily shrimp and that breaks down really fast if it sits. It loses crispness."

One of their signature dishes is the "Original" Egg Roll. "This is an item that my uncle swears he invented. There is no documentation of that, but no one else is doing it this way. We actually make it with eggs, not a pre-fab wrapper. The other big sellers are the Shrimp and Snow Pea Leaf Dumpling and the Turnip Cake.
To read full article click HERE.


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