Jan 30
Decoding the Year of the Monkey with Chinese Almanac
MOCA, 215 Centre Street, 2:30pm to 4pm
What does the Year of the Monkey hold in store? Co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac return to decode the almanac's predictions for 2016 and share a range of New Year's traditions that bring positive energy into the household. Each participant will receive a free copy of the almanac.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Chinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery, 12pm to 4pm 
Lion dance performance, tea tasting, tai chi, lantern making, zodiac sign readings, and children's arts and crafts. Tour the YMCA and learn about how to get healthy in the new year.
Feb 6
Madison Street to Madison Avenue
Parade 11am, 76th Street
Festival 1pm, 54th St & Madison Ave (SE Corner)
Chinatown Partnership, East Midtown Partnership, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District and SUNY's Confucius Institute for Business (CIB) come together to kick off "Madison Street to Madison Avenue," a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration taking place a week preceding the traditional Chinatown parade in Manhattan's Chinatown. Traditional Chinese lion dancers and dragons will make their way from Chinatown to the Upper East Side in a decorated double decker bus, arriving at Madison Avenue and East 76th street where special guests will make welcoming remarks and participate in a celebratory ribbon cutting. Dancers will then make their way to East Midtown, stopping at select retailers that are offering Lunar New Year promotions to commemorate the turn of the Chinese calendar. Retailers include Baccarat, Bally, CH Carolina Herrera, Chopard, Coach, Dennis Basso, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Michael Kors, Mulberry, NARS and more.
Feb 8 (First Day of the Lunar New Year)
Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival

SDR Park, South side of Grand St (between Chrystie & Forsyth St), 11am to 4pm
Over 500,000 firecrackers will be lit up to ring in the Year of the Monkey, followed by a cultural festival.

CCBA Lunar New Year Performances
62 Mott Street, Basement, 12:30pm
Enjoy cultural performances by young students at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), founded in 1883 to serve and protect the interests of the Chinese people in the New York metropolitan area.
Feb 14
Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
Begins at Canal/Mott Street and ends at SDR Park (Grand Street), 1pm
The largest Lunar New Year parade in New York City, line up early along the parade route to get a good view of lion and dragon dancers, performers, floats, elected officials and other notables.
Feb 17
NYC Comptroller Lunar New Year Celebration
Surrogate's Courthouse, 31 Chambers Street, 
6pm to 8pm
Feb 20
MOCAFAMILY: Lunar New Year Family Festival
MOCA, 215 Centre Street, 11am to 4pm
Celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts with zodiac themed arts & crafts, festive music and dance performances, teaching artist demonstrations, storytelling, and much more monkey business!
Feb 25
NYS Comptroller Lunar New Year Celebration
PS 124, Yung Wing School, 40 Division Street, 
6pm to 8pm

Chancellor's Day Teacher Workshop - "Is Yellow Black or White?": Asian Americans & Civil Rights
Mon, Feb 1, 2016 @ 8:30am - 12:30pm

Following the Chinese Exclusion act of 1882, Congress passed the Geary Act, a law which required every Asian to carry a photo ID card - a practice with roots in slavery. In response, thousands of Chinese in the U.S. organized to protest this discriminatory law and many others that followed.  More Info
Women's Self Defense 
Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 @ 6PM-8PM, Gouverneur Hospital, Auditorium: 227 Madison Street (btwn Clinton & Jefferson Sts.)

The workshop will cover basic self-defense strategies including ways to evade violence in a threatening encounter (whether with a stranger or someone we know), defending with verbal and physical techniques, and getting help afterwards.
Lunar New Year Festival 
Year of the Monkey - At The Metropolitan
Museum of Art
Saturday, February 6, 2016 / 11am - 6pm

May art bring you good fortune! Mark the Year of the Monkey, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.  More Info

中華公所義工團 提供免費報稅服務

報稅季將至,中華公所義工團將向社區民眾提供免費報稅服務。中華公所社區義工免費電子報稅(Volunteer Income Tax Assistance,簡稱VITA)定於2月6日,2月13日,2月20日,2月27日,3月12日,3月19日,3月26日,星期六早上9點半至下午4點半,向2015年單身收入低於$35,000、家庭總收入低於$54,000的符合資格的人士提供免費報稅服務。以上日期並不提供填報俗稱「生果金」( NYC-210)的服務。  More Info
Mayor de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Trottenberg Suspend Alternate Side Parking Until Monday, February 1

Drivers are encouraged to keep their cars parked, avoid any unnecessary driving, and avoid shoveling snow into the street during storm clean-up.  More Info
When will your street be plowed? Check the PlowNYC plow tracker!
By PIX11 Report / pix11.com

Don't despair, help is on the way. As parts of the city dig out from almost three feet of snow, the biggest concern many residents have is digging out their cars and getting back to normal as soon as possible.   More Info
Snow or Ice on Roadway Removal

When it snows, the City launches a winter snow storm operation and clears snow and ice from the roadways. City streets may be spread with salt and calcium chloride and/or plowed to create a passable driving lane, but blacktop may not be visible.

Sandy-Hit Businesses and Residents Can Reapply for New Disaster Loans
By Lisha Arino / www.dnainfo.com

Small businesses, renters and homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy now have until the end of the year to apply for federal disaster-related loans. 

Portraits of Chinatown's Boomers
By Katja Heinemann / voicesofny.org

Photojournalist Katja Heinemann has been documenting life in Manhattan's Chinatown since 2012, when covering the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the neighborhood allowed her to gain an appreciation not just for the individual people who make up this community, but also the networks they had built over the years.  More Info
Job Op

Manhattan Community Board 2 seeking Assistant District Manager, resumes due Feb 5, 2016

Manhattan Borough President - Community Boards

The Manhattan Borough President's office is now accepting applications for Community Board membership. All eligible New Yorkers living, working, or studying in the borough of Manhattan are encouraged to consider applying.

How Western Chinatowns are celebrating Lunar New Year

London's main Lunar New Year celebrations will take place on February 14 this year, making for a colourful Valentine's Day in the British capital.

Chinatown Bus Thief Steals Luggage With Laptop and Clothes Inside: NYPD
By Lisha Arino / www.dnainfo.com

A thief lifted luggage from a long-distance bus last week, making off with more than $2,000 worth of property, police said.

Duo Installed ATM Skimmer Inside Chinatown Pharmacy, Police Say
By Lisha Arino / www.dnainfo.com

Police are looking for two men who installed a card skimming device in an ATM inside a Chinatown drug store earlier this month.

9 Chinese New Year Customs That May Surprise You

10 Dishes You Must Try at a Szechuan Restaurant 

The next time you go to an authentic Szechuan restaurant order any of these dishes you will be doing yourself and all your eating companions a favor. 

Best Hot Pot in Manhattan
Hou Yi hotpot located in Manhattan Chinatown is the best hot pot spot in Manhattan.

6 Chinese Foods You Either LOVE or HATE
Here are six Chinese foods that people either love or hate. 

The Best Chinese Roast Pork (Char Siu) in New York City

Where Dumplings Came From and Why Eat Them on New Years
Dumplings are awesome! But who created them and why do Chinese people eat them every new year and every winter solstice...watch and find out. 

11 Foods to Eat or Avoid When Celebrating the New Year

The Chinese are very serious about food and Chinese people consider food a major part of traditional Chinese culture and every new year certain foods are always expected to show up at the dinner table during new year celebrations and some foods are to be completely avoided. 

14 Buns You Need to Try at a Chinese Bakery

13 Classic Dim Sum Dishes You Need To Try

Here are some must try Dim Sum dishes! Thanks to Jing Fong Restaurant.

Top 10 Dos & Don'ts When Eating Dim Sum

Here are some things you should and should not do when you are having Dim Sum.  

Notify NYC American Sign Language (ASL) Message: Hazardous Travel Advisory

A Notify NYC American Sign Language (ASL) message.

NYC CHINATOWN SPECIAL: Beginner's Guide to Directions, Part Two

Stroll around ChinaTown with ChinesePod's NYC correspondent, Jillian Steward.

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Chinatown Photos

During & After Winter Storm Jonas:  Clean Street Workers Battle the Snow & Brave the Cold to Keep Chinatown Sidewalks Clear

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