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Enjoy July Fourth Weekend Downtown!
Article from by Bill Egbert

Saturday, July 2:

Downtown gets a head start of the holiday on Saturday with street fairs and a parade.
Community Board 1 will host its Great July Fourth Fair along Fulton St. between Water and Gold Sts. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. And another July Fourth block party is slated for Cliff St. between John and Fulton Sts. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 3:

The Seaport District kicks off its two-day "Festival of Independence" at 1 p.m. on Sunday in cooperation with Smorgasburg and Vice's Noisey music channel, featuring food stalls, independent art and fashion vendors and live music on a stage at Fulton St. until 9 p.m.
For the historically minded, the Lower Manhattan Historical Society will gather at Federal Hall at 1:30 p.m. to bestow its inaugural Alexander Hamilton Immigrant Achievement Award to three honorees:
* Rick Rescolar, the English-born security director of Morgan Stanley credited with saving the lives of more than 2,600 colleagues at the World Trade Center on 9/11 (the posthumous award will be accepted by his wife).
* Margaret Chin, the councilmember for Lower Manhattan, the first Asian American woman elected to the Council and a community leader active in rebuilding Chinatown after 9/11.
* Dr. Matthew Eugene, a medical doctor born in Haiti and a Councilmember representing a district in Brooklyn.

Monday, July 4:
July Fourth itself is jam-packed, with Federal Hall hosting a day of historical programing from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. featuring reenactors portraying George Washington and Ben Franklin, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  
MOCACREATE: Make the Stage, Take the Stage!

Sat, Jul 16, 2016 @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ming Cho Lee is famous for using geometric shapes, bold colors, collage, and non-traditional materials in his sets. 
MISSION POSSIBLE: In Conversation with Helen Wan

Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Helen Wan is the author of The Partner Track about a woman of color competing for partnership at a powerful law firm, and how race, sex, and class impact the climb up the corporate ladder. The book became the subject of a Washington Post Magazine cover story, is now taught in universities and law schools, and was optioned for television. 
Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Ronald Shiffman, Mindy Thompson Fullilove & Sandy Ikeda

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A panel including Ronald Shiffman (planner, architect and NYC community development leader), Mindy Thompson Fullilove (psychiatrist interested in the links between the environment and mental health), and Sandy Ikeda (Professor of Economics at Purchase College), will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce the group.
Concert: Dan Rose Quartet

Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Enjoy an evening of jazz favorites from the Great American songbook in our beautiful main sanctuary. The repertoire features works by Jewish American songwriters George and Ira Gershwin, Lerner & Loewe and more. Includes a wine reception. 

Elevator Servicers and Repairers Recruit Apprentices

Long Island City, NY (May 25, 2016) - The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for of the Elevator Industry, Local Union #3, will conduct a recruitment from June 27, 2016 through July 09, 2016 for 75 elevator servicer and repairer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

Applications can be obtained at Local Union #3, 35-40 36th Street, 2nd floor, Long Island City, NY, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. All applicants must present a valid picture ID issued by a city, state, or federal government agency. This is a limited-application recruitment. Only 750 applications will be distributed, on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be returned via U.S. Postal Service certified mail and postmarked no later than July 18, 2016. Applications will be numbered and must correspond with the name and number of the application given to the applicant at time of pick-up.

Chinese Community Partnership for Health, NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

July 27, 23rd anniversary gala, 6pm @ Jing Fong Restaurant, 20 Elizabeth St

The Absolute Best Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown

By Hannah Goldfield /
For six weeks, the editors of New York Magazine and Grub Street are publishing a series of definitive lists that declare the absolute best versions of 101 things to eat, drink, and do. The idea that there is "no good Chinese food in Chinatown" has prevailed for quite some time now; it's an argument that's been put forth by our own Adam Platt. 
The Sanitation Department's resident anthropologist wants to clean up the image of garbagemen

By Emily Bobrow /
Swollen garbage bags are an unavoidable sight on New York's curbs, but the job of carting them away tends to be invisible. "There's this whole army that keeps us safe from our dross," says Robin Nagle, the Department of Sanitation's official anthropologist-in-residence. "But because they do their job pretty well, we get to ignore them."
Photographer David Godlis Takes us Back to the 1970s Bowery

It's mid 1970s gritty New York City and you're perusing through the Village Voice when a large ad for a bar you've never heard of catches your eye. Night after night you find yourself heading down to this seedy part of town which has drawn you in with its sweaty air, loud punk music, and self-destructive shady characters. Having become a regular, you're having another one of your many rounds that evening, when your mind clears for a brief moment long enough to realize the need to document this soon-to-be-famed bar when all the lights have dimmed and the freaks come out. 

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Where to Get the Best Bubble Teas in NYC

By Angely Mercado /
Summer in NYC is the perfect time for trying all the different varieties of frozen desserts, cold drinks and seasonal fruit flavors at different shops. And it's also an ideal time to try refreshing milk and bubble teas.
香濃華夫餅與櫻花冰淇淋的完美結合 Eggloo

A Shanghai native in search of New York City's most authentic soup dumplings

From dim sum to chow mein to mapo tofu, the popularity of Chinese food in New York City far surpassed my expectations on my first-ever visit to the United States. But what about xiaolongbao, or the soup dumpling? The dish is synonymous with my hometown Shanghai, and is available throughout New York as well.
Bowery History Celebrated With Large Scale Signage Project

Beginning on July 5, a series of 64 large scale placards will be installed at important addresses along the Bowery, celebrating the unique history of New York City's oldest thoroughfare. The project, "Windows on the Bowery," is sponsored by the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN), a community organization founded in 2007 with a mission to preserve and protect the history of the legendary street.
Remembering Fan Ho: 1931-2016

There are few photographers who have documented Hong Kong's past in the way that Fan Ho did back in the late 40s and early 50s. Dubbed 'the Henri Cartier-Bresson of the East', Ho observed the then British Colony through his Roleiflex, producing iconic images that played with shape and form and captured people going about their daily lives.
How to Eat Pho, a Vietnamese Noodle Soup - Stop Eating it Wrong, Episode 28

Using chopsticks and a soup spoon at the same time to eat pho can be tricky. Let Vietnamese food specialist Andy Ha of Nha Trang One show you the right way to eat his restaurant's beef noodle soup. New episodes of Stop Eating it Wrong debut every Wednesday.  More Info
How the Plastic Bag Became So Popular

It took years of industry advocacy before the cellophane sack, invented in the 1960s, caught on.
Eating along the N line: Chinatown's tastiest treats, from 'lava' cake to scallion rolls

Canal St. - where the N train arrives at the corner of Broadway - is one of the city's more chaotic streets. If you need a break from the busy Chinatown intersection, and a bite, these three spots are there to help.
Chinatown Street Food vs. Mom's

Every Chinese person knows about deung, mini-bricks of sticky rice with meat or chicken, Chinese sausage, egg yolk and nuts wrapped in bamboo leaves, tied with string and boiled. They were good! Every spring my mom and her friends used to make them in batches of more than 100.
華女接老店 熱賣巧克力

By 金春香 /
在曼哈坦華埠勿街上,有一家擁有三代人歷史的窄窄店鋪,從祖母的自製手工泡菜、到父親的義大利冰淇淋,現在則由家中最小一代、25歲混血華裔女孩李惠英(Morgan Cady-Lee)經營一家新潮的巧克力店「Chocopocalypse」,引進華埠第一批巧克力草莓(Chocolate-Covered Strawberries)、抹茶草莓(Mocha-Covered Strawberries)及巴西傳統甜點「堅果巧克力球」(Brigadeiro)等,吸引大批遊客駐足詢問這些在華埠從未出現過的新奇產品,也令眾多華埠巧克力愛好者大呼「過癮」。
都市滑水攀岩 夏日街道又來了

By 尹英姿 /
步入第九屆的紐約市曼哈坦大型免費開放戶外活動「紐約市夏日街道」(Citi Summer Streets),將從8月6日(周六)起連續三個周六帶來滑水攀岩、漫步騎車、瑜伽健身等多種多樣的娛樂休閒活動,今年將增加下城「共享街道」(Shared Streets)和歷史遊等全新活動環節,讓更多紐約客和遊客在曼哈坦熱鬧「一夏」。
Poké Bowls Reimagined: Chikarashi is Now Open at 227 Canal St.

Here's a new twist in Chinatown: Japanese-style poké bowls. In the past several days, a little spot called Chikarashi has opened at 227 Canal St. (just west of Baxter Street).
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