Chinatown Partnership and Chinatown BID Wish Everyone a Safe and Happy Holidays!

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Chinatown Student Runs in NYRR's Reindeer Run!

Courtesy: NYRR

Michelle, a gold-medal winner in the ballroom dancing competition at her school, took a break from the dance floor to join the more than 500 kids who participated in the Reindeer Run on Saturday, December 6.  P.S.1 has a partnership with the American Ballroom Theater's Dancing Classrooms, and all of the 5th graders participate in the lessons, but only 12 students are chosen to represent the school.  Michelle is one of the lucky 12! The semi-finals take place tonight, so we are wishing P.S. 1 a lot of luck!  

Michelle found running to be very difficult when she first started, but it now that she is running regularly, it has become a lot easier for her.  As you can tell from the photo, she looks very happy as she gets ready to run with other antler-wearing kids!

More Than 5,000 Adults and Kids to Race in New York Road Runners Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
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Beginning in 2015, City to Crack Down on Throwing Away Electronics at Curb / Courtney Gross

It may seem like New York's Strongest will take just about anything off your hands, but that changes next year.


"Electronic equipment which often contains lead, mercury and cadmium now makes up the largest and fastest growing component of the hazardous materials entering the waste stream," said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.


On January 1, it will be illegal to throw out any so-called "e-waste."


That means New Yorkers can no longer put electronic items, from electronic tablets to old computers or video game controllers, on the curb.


You will have to recycle them or pay the price: $100 per violation.


"It does seem to have caught folks by surprise. I've been asked a lot more about snow than e-waste," Garcia told NY1.


It's been a long time coming. A state law dates back to 2010 and lawmakers at the time gave the public about five years to prepare to recycle their electronic wares.


Gadgets that add up to about 27,500 tons every year are tossed out at the curb.

To read full article click HERE.

New York City's restaurants see an increase in A grades / Ivan Pereira

Big Apple restaurants are really "cleaning" up. About 85% of the 23,975 restaurants inspected by the health department received A grades as of Nov. 2, a 20% increase in perfect scores from the months after the program started in 2010, according to data provided to amNewYork by the city. The good grades are spread out among the boroughs, with Midtown West and Hell's Kitchen taking the top honors with 583 A's.


There were only 385 C grades, about 1.6%, but those marks were scattered throughout ZIP codes. The Lower East Side had the highest concentration of C's with 14 in the 10002 ZIP code.


Daniel Kass, the deputy commissioner for environmental health, said the increase in A grades is proof the system works.

"The public wants the best. Restaurants know this and grading has enabled and forced some restaurants to step up their game," said Daniel Kass, the deputy commissioner for environmental health.


To read full article click HERE.


A New Yorker's guide to Chinese food for Christmas / MELISSA KRAVITZ


Fa la la la la fried rice! It's an unofficial Jewish (and therefore New York) tradition to eat Chinese food on Christmas. Perhaps it's a cultural love of a good egg roll, or perhaps the custom roots from Chinese restaurants around the country staying open on Dec. 24-25 when almost everything else in America seems to be closed. Regardless, we're not complaining about this tasty tradition. New York Chinese restaurants report Christmas to be their busiest day of the year! Christmas celebrator or not, consider Chinese food for your Christmas feast this year, bringing tidings of dumplings and bok choy.




Buddha Bodai, one of a handful of vegetarian restaurants in Manhattan's Chinatown, is also certified Kosher, meaning that it welcomes in a massive Jewish clientele, especially on gentile holidays. Chinese owner Kent Zhang serves a menu following a strictly Buddhist diet: no meat, no aromatics (say goodbye to garlic breath) but plenty of welcome Chinese substitutes. Vegan jellyfish dim sum anyone? The Christmas crowd includes Hassidic Brooklynites and Chinese Jews, chowing down on dishes like General Tso's "chicken", "shrimp" fried rice, "duck" noodle soup as well as plenty of other veg-Budddhist-Jewish friendly renditions of classic and American Chinese dishes. 
To read full article click HERE.

Everything You Need to Know About Bok Choy / Lindsay-Jean Hard 

What's indisputable is that bok choy originated in China and is a member of the enormous Brassica family. It's often referred to as a type of Chinese cabbage, but rather than forming dense, leafy heads like cabbage does, bok choy looks more like an exotic cousin of celery, with dark green leaves atop a cluster of thick stalks.


Head to a farmers market or grocery store and you might feel confident identifying standard mature bok choy and baby bok choy, but wander into a Chinese market, and you're likely to see a staggering number of leafy green vegetables labeled as bok choy or pak choi.


Schneider explains why: "The general term 'bok choy' embraces several growth stages of the same plant: seedling, 'baby,' mature, and flowering. Confusion arises because each stage may look like a distinctly different vegetable. The term also designates scores of varieties of bok choy, the bulk of which fall into these general groups: large white-stemmed (the most common type), dwarf white-stemmed, and green stemmed." And what we refer to as baby bok choy can either be the larger varieties picked before [they are] fully mature, or dwarf varieties. 


In RipeCheryl Sternman Rule says: "If you've never cooked with bok choy, and you think your life has been fine, I'm here to tell you, as gently as I can, that it hasn't. It hasn't been fine at all. There is something missing, and that thing is bok choy."


And she's not alone, Mark Bittman concurs in his book Leafy Greens: "Among Chinese cabbages, the bok choi varieties really stand apart; their texture can be as crunchy as that of celery if cooking times are short, but if you leave them in the pan a little longer, they develop a creamy texture that is unique among greens. For my money, their flavor is superior to that of any other cabbage."


In short: Eat more bok choy.


To read full article click HERE.


City rolls out municipal ID program / Andrew J. Hawkins

The city published eligibility and privacy guidelines Friday for its new municipal ID program, which officially launches in less than a month.


The program has been touted by Mayor Bill de Blasio as a vehicle for undocumented immigrants to receive city services and open bank accounts where identification is required. The card could also be a boost for immigrant-owned businesses, advocates say. City officials are offering access to a variety of cultural institutions for free to persuade New Yorkers here legally to get the card, so the new ID won't stigmatize holders as undocumented immigrants.


On Friday, the city unveiled details about who is eligible and how their information will be protected. The ID card will be free for the first year, after which some fee will apply. It will be valid for five years before requiring renewal. Those 14 years old and older are eligible, regardless of immigration status. Applicants will be required to show proof of identification and proof of residency in New York.


Proof of identification is on a point-based system, similar to a Department of Motor Vehicles system. Driver's licenses and handgun permits are worth four points, for example, while U.S. passports and New York state electronic benefit transfer cards are worth three, U.S. birth certificates and Social Security cards two, and reduced-fare MetroCards and high-school diplomas are worth one.


To read full article click HERE.


Speaker Silver, Senator Squadron Celebrate New Law Pushing Lunar New Year
As School Holiday



Please Drive Safely

Pedestrians Please Be Alert When Crossing the Streets This Holiday Season

 Reindeers Please Don't Run Over Grandma

Hot Cider Walking Tour



Journey into the kishkes of the old Jewish Lower East Side. We provide a tasty trip back in time to the turn of the last century when the neighborhood was home to the largest Jewish population in the world. Enjoy culinary treats from area merchants; an exploration of local landmarks; and a brief tour of our own landmark, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue.  


$20 adults - Space is limited and RSVP is required


To RSVP click HERE.



Nice One Bakery

Come and try a Doraemon inspired cakes.
47 Bayard St 

CD Release Concert: Yiddish Art Trio



Even the most vibrant traditions can fade, receding into the past as time marches on. But artists such as the Yiddish Art Trio help to bring those traditions roaring back to life. As part of our Lost and Found Music series, this concert showcases the trio's debut collection of genre-defying tunes, which embrace the tradition of klezmer music while incorporating a distinctly modern sensibility. It's a sound that's earned the accomplished musicians international attention-they've shared the stage with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Frank London. Listen to the trio perform songs from their debut album, which features original compositions, innovative arrangements of traditional klezmer music, and the Yiddish poetry of Celia Dropkin and Rukhl Fishman. Take in the atmosphere of the historic building at the wine reception before and after the concert.


$20 adults; $15 students and seniors


To RSVP click HERE.




'America's First Espresso Bar,' Established in 1892 in New York City's Historic Little Italy, Is Perfect Locale for Holiday Office Parties, Birthday & Anniversary Celebrations, Weddings, Bridal & Baby Showers, Children's Bakery Parties, Jazz Brunches, and More!

The capacity of the room is 175 -250 people for sit-down lunches, brunches. dinners or, wedding, anniversary or bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah lunches or dinners. The room can comfortably handle cocktail receptions for up to 300 guests. On site catering is available as is a fully stocked bar and a first class wine cellar.

195 Grand St
To read full announcement click HERE.
MOCACREATE: Terrific Time Capsules

Sat, Jan 3, 2015 from 1pm - 4pm
Sat, Jan 17, 2015 from 1pm - 4pm

Get inspired by our special Waves of Identity exhibition. Take a bit of the present and preserve it for the future by creating a personalized time capsule! Store photos, letters, and objects that are important to you, then seal it shut and open it in 5 years to see what's changed. 


Enjoy MOCACREATE drop-in art workshops every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-4pm! 


To find out more click HERE.


Columbia University Asian American Alliance (AAA) are working on the Naturalization Project. Seeking tutors who are interested in helping students pass the Naturalization exam.
Do you want to learn how to become a citizen of the United States? Sign up for more information on free classes that will be held once a week.

¿Quieres aprender a convertirte en un ciudadano de los Estados Unidos? Suscríbase para recibir más información sobre clases gratuitas que se llevará a cabo una vez a la semana.




To sign up click HERE.


HARP is designed to support collaboration across disparate art forms by nurturing hybrid artists in the development of dynamic live performances. HARP provides significant long-term artistic, financial, and administrative support, tailored to each artist's individual needs.

HARP nurtures the development of mid-career hybrid artists and their audiences, through cross-disciplinary exchange, peer-driven workshops, and panel discussions. HARP was conceived in 1999 to address an urgent need in the artistic community: a void of artistic and administrative support for mid-career artists. This lack of support was causing talented artists, in the most fertile periods of their careers, to leave the field. HARP was initiated to provide a much-needed forum to assist artists who are developing unique artistic voices and experimenting with new approaches to expanding the parameters of performance work.

As the works being developed are complex hybrid projects, each Residency will last 2-3 years. At the end of each residency year, the artist and HERE mutually decide whether to extend the residency. It is unlikely that any project accepted in 2015 will go to production before 2017. 




Application Due Date: February 3, 2015 12 noon

Final Decisions Announced: March 16, 2015

Residencies Begin: April 1, 2015

Residences extend annually from April 1 to March 31, depending upon whether project is ready for production.


To find out more and apply click HERE.


New chef recommendation, Italian sausage and spaghetti.
53 Bayard St 


Reformation, an Eco Label the Cool Girls Pick

Yael Aflalo, the founder of Reformation, an eco-friendly clothing label, at her store in SoHo, where the clothes come from her own factory. Credit Deidre Schoo for The New York Times  

On a recent Sunday on Howard Street, a well-lit 1,900-square-foot store became a brief sanctuary from the paparazzi. Rihanna swooped into Reformation, grabbed a pile of clothes, retreated to a dressing room and, within minutes, walked out with a new coat and 14 dresses, sweaters and tops. It cost her a little more than $2,000.

This isn't all that uncommon: Rihanna has been to Reformation - there are two stores in New York and one in Los Angeles - before for a quick shopping spree. Taylor Swift shops there. As does the model Karlie Kloss.


"It's funny, I have access to some of the most beautiful clothing in the world, some of the most expensive, elaborate couture pieces, and yet in my daily life I wear Reformation," Ms. Kloss said, when she was buttonholed at a private dinner last month. "It's very simple and it's cut really well." 


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