Chinatown Newsletter
January 23th, 2015



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January 23, 2015 -  The National Weather Service is forecasting 2 to 5 inches of precipitation throughout the City and temperatures near freezing on Saturday, January 24. A wintry mix of freezing rain and snow is forecast for the area beginning in the early morning hours and continuing throughout the day Saturday. Winds will increase throughout the day, with gusts up to 25 mph expected through Saturday evening. Icing may occur, creating dangerous conditions on roadways and pedestrian pathways. Additionally, the National Weather Service is tracking a storm that may affect the area Sunday/Monday.

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Explore 3 NYC Chinatowns: In Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan




This is the city's oldest and best-known Chinese neighborhood. Its massive, colorful Lunar New Year parade and festival take place Feb. 22, kicking off at 1 p.m. at Canal and Mott streets, heading to Chatham Square, then down East Broadway, Eldridge and Grand Streets to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Also at the park, on Feb. 19, there will be a firecracker ceremony and cultural festival starting at 11 a.m.

But a walk in Chinatown is fun and evocative any time of year. Walk down Mott Street from Canal past dozens of souvenir shops and restaurants. Brave the line of diners waiting for soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai, 9 Pell St., just off Mott, or join the weekend crowds chowing down on dim sum at places like Dim Sum Go Go, 5 E. Broadway.


To read full article click HERE.


NYPD Tip Preventing Vehicle Theft 

8 Million New Yorkers. 
1 Card For All Of Us!


IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents, which gives all of us the opportunity to show who we are-New Yorkers. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures the peace of mind and access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities-the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.


IDNYC cardholders can access services and programs offered by the City as well as by businesses. IDNYC helps enhance public safety, by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with NYPD. It also helps New Yorkers gain access to all City buildings that provide services to the public and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services. IDNYC also provides a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.

To apply click HERE




Celebrating the Lunar New Year?

We Are Still Open to Bookings!

Dear CTW's Friends,

The Year of Sheep is coming up in February, as always, Chinese Theatre Works has prepared a variety of wonderful programs to make your Lunar New Year celebration AWESOME.

Our award winning Shadow Theater "Tiger Tales" features an artful blend of Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary techniques that is the hallmark of all CTW productions.

Hand puppet production "Hao Bang Ah, Sheep!" features a jolly selection of hand puppet vignettes, many based on popular songs and well known Chinese sayings.The audience will also be introduced to all aspects of this traditional festival.

Don't forget we also have various of Chinese Opera, traditional music anddance, craft workshops and many more! Combination programs or special packages can also be made to best tailor your needs.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Chinese Theatre Works
37-18 Northern Blvd., Suite 105
Long Island City, New York 11101

To find out more click HERE.

4 Things For Your Small Business to Know About Proposed Tax Changes in NYC / Jeff Mays
NEW YORK CITY - A sweeping proposal byMayor Bill de Blasio would modernize the city's tax code by aligning the system with that of New York state - saving small businesses thousands of dollars in some cases and making it harder for large businesses to dodge their share.

Part of the plan, which must be approved by the state, makes it more difficult for large corporations to avoid taxes because of changes in the way income is calculated. 

The new measure, which addresses parts of the tax structure that have not been changed since the 1940s, will benefit small business owners by lowering their tax rates, according to proponents of the plan.

"If you are a small business owner paying corporate taxes, then you should be optimistic," said James Parrott, deputy director and chief economist at theFiscal Policy Institute.

To read full article click HERE.


Department of Consumer Affairs' EITC Awareness Day Looking for Volunteers

Volunteer captains needed to help with the Department of Consumer Affairs' EITC Awareness Day on January 31st.

Captains will help with sign-in, training, and other aspects of volunteer management. Captains should expect to be at their assigned location from 10 AM to 6 PM. There may be a training and/or conference call scheduled before the event as well.

If you are interested in becoming a captain, please reply to this email: If you can't help captain but want to volunteer, please sign up here.

EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit, is a benefit for working people who have low to moderate income. A tax credit means more money in your pocket. It reduces the amount of tax you owe and may also give you a refund.


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MOCACITIZEN: Letters from #UndocuAsians

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7pm

Admission: $12/Adults; $10/Students & Seniors; FREE for MOCA Members

Asian American youth from RAISE: The Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast perform readings inspired by the everyday lived experiences and intersecting oppressions of undocumented Asian American youths. Followed by a panel discussion on immigration and immigration policies.

To register click HERE.


Open House for Photographers & Artists 
Museum at Eldridge Street 

Budding and professional photographers and artists: Come armed with your camera or sketchbook and let our beautiful sanctuary inspire you. Admission for you is free. We ask that you share your photographs and drawings with us on our Facebook, Instagram and our other social media outlets.




To RSVP click HERE.



In order to be considered for appointment to one of Manhattan's twelve Community Boards, please submit your application and resume before 5:00 PM on Friday, January 30, 2015.


To apply online, click here. Please note: It is advisable that you prepare your answers in advance, as this application must be completed in one sitting. Creating an account to save and continue the application later is not an option. Additionally, please have your resume ready for upload.


To apply by mail, click here. Download a copy of the application to print and fill out by hand. Mailing instructions are included in the application.


After submitting, you will be contacted regarding the next steps in the screening and interview process. All applicants, including current Board members, are required to complete the entire process, from submitting an application to participating in the group interviews. Thank you for your interest in serving and representing your neighborhood.


De Blasio Administration Bans Single-Use Styrofoam Products in New York City Beginning July 1, 2015

Department of Sanitation Determines Expanded Polystyrene Foam Not Recyclable


NEW YORK - The de Blasio Administration today announced that as of July 1, 2015, food service establishments, stores and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as "packing peanuts" in New York City. 


After consultation with corporations, including Dart Container Corporation, non-profits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), has determined that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban. DSNY also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside metal, glass, and plastic recycling program. As a result of the ban, manufacturers and stores may not sell or offer single-use foam items such as cups, plates, trays, or clamshell containers in the City. The sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as "packing peanuts" is also banned.


To find out more click HERE.


Seward Park Library Closed Until Jan. 31 / Ed Litvak

For the rest of the month, you'll have to live without the Seward Park Library. The Lower East Side branch is closed for renovations starting today through Jan. 30. 
This afternoon, a spokesperson told us crews are painting the library and installing new flooring during the next couple of weeks. Signs posted outside the library and online are directing people to use the Chatham Square Library at 33 East Broadway or the Hamilton Fish Park Library at 415 East Houston St. 
Seward Park is scheduled to reopen Saturday, Jan. 31st at 10 a.m.

Job Posting 


Temporary position for a personal assistant that can speak, read & write in Cantonese, mandarin & English.

If Interested Please Contact:  

Ivelise Andino 

HR Business Partner
Hakkasan New York
311 West 43rd Street New York NY 10036
212 776 1818



Ian Cheny


"The Search for General Tso" is a mouthwatering documentary film that picks up where Jennifer 8 Lee's 2008 book, "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles," left off. Produced by Lee and Amanda Murray and directed by Ian Cheney, the film opens this month in theaters across the country and is available On Demand, and tells the story behind one of America's most popular Chinese food dishes by asking two questions: who is General Tso and why are we eating his chicken?


"The film gets its charm from the Chinese restaurant owners themselves," notes Mitchell K. Dwyer in review, "Some of them, second and third-generation entrepreneurs, some of them offering their observations even while their parents, sitting right next to them, offer a slightly different take."


To read full article click HERE.



Here's Your Chance to Get Some 'Rat Prevention Training' on the Lower East Side 

From:  by: Holly

Rats. They're the scourge of the city. They've infested pharmacies. They've colonized rotting construction sites. They've overrun magical gardens long before developers.


But hawks aren't the only ones fighting back against Lower East Side vermin. Splinter, beware.


Councilmember Margaret Chin has teamed up with the Department of Health, Parks Department, and Community Board 3 to sponsor a free "Rat Prevention Training." Its aim is to share tips on combating the pesky creatures, with a focus on gardening. Added bonus: anyone who attends and participates in this event will be eligible to receive a voucher for one free rodent-resistant garbage can.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Newman Library Building, 7th Floor
155 East 25th Street

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