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Wellington Chen
Executive Director / Chinatown Partnership LDC / Chinatown BID




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Neighborhood Faces
December 2015

Welcome to Explore Chinatown's first edition of Neighborhood Faces, where we'll interview interesting people who have grown up, live and have businesses in the historic, diverse and vibrant neighborhood of Chinatown and its surrounding areas.

Meet Karen Huie, an actor/writer/filmmaker/photographer who by necessity sleeps little. Karen has won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Madame Mao Tse Tung in THE CHAIRMAN'S WIFE at East West Players in Los Angeles. In New York, she acted at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club. Her film acting credits include CROSSROADS, ANOTHER 48 HOURS and WILD BILL. She has worked in hundreds of films and television shows as a voice actor, and been a dialect coach to actors including Bai Ling, Jackie Chan, Mark Wahlberg, and Liv Tyler.

Karen had the rare opportunity to receive a television pilot deal without having prior sitcom writing experience for her play, SONGS OF HARMONY, the first Asian American sitcom pilot. YANKEE NOODLE DANDY, her most recent screenplay is about legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe.

Lower East Side Hot Cider Walking Tour
Thu, 24 Dec at 13:00
A Yiddish newspaper building.  An early cinema.  A former mikvah and red light district.  Explore Jewish immigrant landmarks of the Lower East Side, then warm up inside our glorious sanctuary with hot cider and neighborhood treats.  More Info
FAMILY CONCERT: Klez for Kids
Friday, December 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Sing, dance and learn Yiddish at our annual family concert.  Clarinetist Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest lead the audience on a musical tour of Eastern European Jewish culture ending with a joyful audience-enacted shtetl wedding.  More Info
Beyond the Facade Architecture Tour
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Discover the synagogue's most spectacular and unusual features. Learn about its authentic restoration, and get the behind-the-scenes story about the sanctuary's newest element, a stained glass window by Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans.   More Info
Treasures from the Archives Tour
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Join the Museum's archivist as she shares favorite, rarely displayed Judaica and early congregational artifacts from the Museum's collection on this special tour of the synagogue.  More Info
Folklore of the Eldridge Street Synagogue Tour
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Hear heimisch stories about the synagogue and its early immigrant congregation. Afterwards enjoy an old-school kiddush with herring, pumpernickel and a shot of slivovitz. (Grape juice for those under 21.)   More Info
Chinatown & Little Italy Hold Eighth Annual Christmas Parade
By Shirley Ng-Lew / www.asamnews.com

Chinatown and Little Italy came together to celebrate the holiday with their 8th annual East Meets West Christmas Parade. The collaboration has been a relationship that is built on the common concern of their neighborhoods after the tragedy of September 11 attacks. The two communities joined together to revive tourism and encourage economic development. In addition to the Christmas parade, they organize the annual Marco Polo Festival in September.  More Info
东西相会圣诞大游行庆节日
By 陈辰 ny.usqiaobao.com

由华埠和小意大利携手举办的第八届东西相会圣诞大游行于19日于华埠隆重举行,现场有花车、乐团、鼓乐队、舞狮、圣诞老人派礼物,活动精彩十分热闹。游行期间结合中西文化的表演更是赢得阵阵欢呼,参与民众表示游行是精彩的中西文化嘉年华。  More Info
東西相會聖誕大遊行中西合璧精采紛呈
By 邱莉菲 / ny.stgloballink.com

為了給擁有150年鄰里關係的華埠和小意大利帶來更多的人氣和商機,華埠共同發展機構和小意大利商會(LIMA)於昨(19日)再次攜手舉辦一年一度的「東西相會聖誕大遊行」。西方的聖誕老人、管弦樂隊,與東方的舞龍舞獅、民族舞蹈、旗袍美人同時出現,碰撞相匯又融合,展現出一副既新奇又融洽的氣象。  More Info
東西相會遊行 旗袍美人不胃寒
By 金春香 / www.worldjournal.com

由華埠社區和小義大利區聯合舉辦的第八屆「東西相會聖誕遊行」於19日盛大召開,雖然寒風瑟瑟,仍抵擋不住參與隊伍和餐館民眾的熱情。聖誕老人和旗袍美人、中國傳統舞龍舞獅團等帶來精彩溫馨的節日氣氛。市議員陳倩雯、國會議員維樂貴絲都現身與大家一起歡度佳節。  More Info
Nativity of mercy: Neapolitan display on LES evokes theme of Holy Year
By Bill Egbert / www.downtownexpress.com

The massive, Neapolitan-style nativity scene, or presepio, that greets visitors to the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood carries on an 800-year-old tradition, but its message is very current.   More Info
Artists: Apply Now For Free Studio Space and Mentorship in Lower Manhattan
By Irene Plagianos / www.dnainfo.com

Making your way as an artist or writer in Manhattan is no easy feat - but the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council wants to help.   More Info
Job Op - Security Guard (Chinatown YMCA

The YMCA of Greater New York reaches half a million New Yorkers through programs that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Chinatown YMCA is seeking a qualified individual who will be responsible for the security and safety of all participants and employees, at the Rutgers Community Center, and delivering quality customer service to program members.  More Info
Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center

Your organization can learn about The Ritz-Carlton methodology for customer service, employee engagement and leadership development. We also guide organizations through a multi-step process in order to achieve sustainable culture transformation.  More Info
NYC Small Business Services offers Customized Training program

Providing funds to help business invest in their workforce. You pick the training, SBS covers up to 70% of costs.   More Info
Mayor Says New Program to Reduce Homelessness Will Include Daily Canvas
By Grace Rauh / www.ny1.com

With homelessness reaching near-record levels, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced a new program designed to help people living on the streets. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.  More Info
2016 New York District Office Small Business Week Awards Nominations Guidelines

Do you own or know of an outstanding small business deserving of recognition?   The U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Office is accepting nominations for the 2016 Small Business Week Awards, to include the prestigious Small Business Person of the Year award.  More Info
FDNY Mandarin Class Teaches Work Skills, Bridges Culture Gaps
By Chris Fuchs / www.nbcnews.com

An old man was lying motionless under the covers of his bed next to his wife when Jasmin Howard, a New York City Fire Department paramedic, entered the room. Howard and her partner had just walked up several flights of tight, confined stairs to get to the man in his cramped apartment in Manhattan's Chinatown.   More Info
Kung Fu Keanu! Reeves prepares for combat as assassin John Wick as he films sequel in New York's Chinatown
By Heather Waugh for dailymail.com /  gothamist.com

Keanu Reeves was back on set of John Wick 2 on Monday and it looks like fans are in for a treat. 
The 51-year-old actor got into character as the vengeful assassin to make mince meat of his enemies wearing a sharp suit and showing off some impressive martial arts moves.
  More Info
Essential LES: Here Are the Local Spots We Would Hate to Live Without

This week we're rolling out our Essential LES Guide both online and in our print magazine. It's part  of The Lo-Down's year-long reporting project on Small Business Survival.  More Info
Tuesday - March 1, 2016

I. Kyogen "SANBASO"
II. Noh "TSUCHIGUMO"
III. Kabuki "KAGAMIJISHI"

Performances at 8pm, doors open at 7pm, cocktail reception from 6:30pm.




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T-Swirl (Japanese Crepe) at 2 Mott Street 




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