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Lunar New Year begins Jan 28.

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or food, fun, celebration, decorations, red envelopes for lucky money and much more!


Mark your calendar, celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rooster in Chinatown, Jan 28, firecracker ceremony, 11am @ SDR Park, near Grand & Chrystie Street
Lunar New Year Parade (Feb 5)
18th Annual NYC Lunar New Year Parade, 12pm in Chinatown. For parade route, visit
Madison Street to Madison Avenue
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join Chinatown Parternship, East Midtown Partnership, The Grand Central Partnership, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, and Confucius Institute for Business at SUNY to celebrate Lunar New Year!  
Steve Harvey in hot water with Asian-American NYC lawmakers
By Rich Schapiro, 

 A group of New York politicians are - no joke - demanding an apology from comedian Steve Harvey for mocking Asian men on his daytime talk show.

Harvey struggled to contain his laughter as he poked fun at a self-help book titled, "How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men."

The book should consist of two sentences, Harvey told his audience."Excuse me, do you like Asian men? No, thank you," the Family Feud host quipped in his bit on Jan. 6.

Harvey took the joke a step further when he drummed up an idea for another book, "How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide (for) Asian Men." 
Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111
By MARGALIT FOXJAN. 14, 2017  

Zhou Youguang, known as the father of Pinyin for creating the system of Romanized Chinese writing that has become the international standard since its introduction some 60 years ago, died on Saturday in Beijing, Chinese state media reported. He was 111.

In recent decades, with the comparative invincibility that he felt great age bestowed on him, Mr. Zhou was also an outspoken critic of the Chinese government.
"What are they going to do," he asked bluntly in an interview with the BBC in 2012. "Come and take me away?"

In fact, they had already done that once before, long ago.

Adopted by China in 1958, Pinyin was designed not to replace the tens of thousands of traditional characters with which Chinese is written, but as an orthographic pry bar to afford passage into the labyrinthine world of those characters.
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Chinatown New Year Celebration
Come celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Chinatown YMCA Annual Lunar New Year Celebration- Sat, Jan 21, from 12:00 - 3:00pm. Join us for a Lion Dance and a delicious luncheon with special entertainment to ring in the New Year. Other family friendly activities include Tea Tasting, Tai Chi, Zodiac Sign Readings, Lantern Making, Children's Crafts, and more. This event is FREE and open to the community.

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1/21 - Key to the City, free immigration legal clinic and resources on health, finances, education & more @ 321 E. 96th Street, NY NY 10128

Help us build one city, rising together. Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ensure that the City levels the playing field for Minority and Women-Owned businesses (M/WBEs) competing for City contracts.  More Info 
市長 Bill de Blasio 已承諾為少數族裔和婦女企業 (Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBEs)) 提供公平競爭環境以公平競爭獲取紐約市政府合約。紐約市政府已設立積極目標,包括承諾在未來的十年內對 M/WBEs 授予超過 160 億美元的合約項目,且正執行更改機構做法以確保 M/WBEs 獲得計劃的完整福利,其中為增加對符合資格企業的合約授予和金額。
Immigrants earn $100 billion in total income - nearly one-third of NYC earnings

Over 83,000 immigrant New Yorkers own businesses

Anti-immigrant federal policies could undermine City economy

(New York, NY) - With President-elect Trump preparing to take office, a new analysis by Comptroller Scott M. Stringer shows the scale of contributions that immigrants make to every industry in New York City, where they now account for roughly half of all workers in core sectors, including technology, finance, entertainment, and medicine.

"We have not just a moral imperative to be true to our values and stand up to anti-immigrant policies, but an economic imperative as well. The contributions that immigrants make to our economy are enormous," Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said. "Religious bans, threats of mass deportations, registries-all are antithetical to our legacy as New Yorkers and Americans. We hope this data shows the extraordinary impact immigrants make in our City, and we hope it demonstrates why supporting New Yorkers, no matter where they're from, is the right thing to do for our economy."

Key Takeaways From Governor Cuomo's New York City State of the State Address
by Albany, NY 
Jan 9, 2017

Here is what you need to know.
At 11:00 a.m., Governor Cuomo delivered his first regional State of the State address in New York City where he unveiled his Middle Class Recovery Act, a series of policies and programs aimed at addressing the economic anxieties of New York's working and middle classes; while also fiercely committing to deliver on the New York Promise by continuing to fight for our state's progressive values.

CHINA IN NUMBERS: Understanding China's Financial and Economic Data
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

With China now the world's second largest economy, understanding China's financial and economic data has never been more important. Yet the increasing complexity of China's financial system adds to the difficulties in interpreting data. Is China's data reliable? How do investors take the information and draw conclusions? How's the technology development behind the data industry? What's the future trends of the data industry in China? 
America Is Still Making Things
Manufacturing is dead. Long live manufacturing.
By Alana Semuels
Jan 6, 2017

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind.-Big companies such as Rexnord and Carrier are closing down plants in this Rust Belt state and moving their factories to Mexico. But in some corners, including this rural patch of the state's northeast, manufacturing is growing. 

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WE Master Money: Funding, Manhattan, 1 Session 2/11/2017

Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Master Money: Funding is a workshop designed to help women entrepreneurs gain knowledge about capital planning, particularly alternative forms of funding, beyond traditional banks, that may be a perfect fit for entrepreneurs.

Workshop topics include an overview of funding options; the 5 C's of creditworthiness that make one a desirable potential borrower; perfecting your business pitch; and interactive exercises to truly understand capital planning.

If you have questions about WE Master Money: Funding, contact Spencer Petterson at If you would like additional information about WE Master Money workshop series or WE NYC, visit
Asian Americans Banish the Quiet Stereotype
By Lisa Dinh
Jan 7, 2017

Asian Americans are taking to the media, where they are often stereotyped as quiet and passive,  to boldly and bravely voice their dissenting opinions.The Huffington Post recently outlined 10 instances when the community made headlines and shattered the silent minority stereotype.
How These Restaurateurs Turned a $5 Chinese Buffet Into a Sleek, Modern Diner
Jan 6, 2017

Designing a restaurant is often filled with unexpected challenges - like, say, a brick structure that's actually filled with hundreds of pounds of steel - but restaurateurs Ivy Tsang and Selwyn Chan knew what they were getting themselves into when they began building out Nickel & Diner, which opened on Howard Street in November. The 100-seat space, inside a nearly century-old pagoda-style building, used to house a $5 Chinese buffet. "You definitely needed a bit of imagination going into it," Chan says.
Jobs Available at Mayor's Office of Immigramt Affairs
Jan 7, 2017

The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) promotes the well-being of immigrant communities.

In the de Blasio administration, we have prioritized three broad goals:enhance the economic, civic, and social integration of immigrant New Yorkers;

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Apply for IDNYC, Free for Third Year in a Row & New Cultrual Institutions Added
Jan 7, 2017

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.

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Lower East Side Oral History Project: Kick-Off Celebration!
Jan 19, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m.

JOIN US as we celebrate the launch of our historic neighborhood oral history project!

How 'Bambi' Got Its Look From 1,000-Year-Old Chinese Art
Jan 5, 2017

The Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong, who died last week at 106, was an incredibly accomplished painter, illustrator, calligrapher and Hollywood studio artist. But as Margalit Fox wrote in her obituary for Mr. Wong, "because of the marginalization to which Asian-Americans were long subject, he passed much of his career unknown to the general public." 
The Bowery Mission On How You Can Help the Homeless This Winteron
Jan 5, 2017

LOWER EAST SIDE, NY - As temperatures start to drop, and with a forecast for snow Thursday night, it's hard not to wonder about one of the city's most vulnerable populations - the homeless.

The Bowery Mission at 227 Bowery has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. In addition to residential programs for men and women, it provides three meals a day seven days a week, showers and clean clothing on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a food and clothing pantry.
Robber in Klondike Hat Steals $4K From 2 Chinatown Banks, Police Say
Allegra Hobbs | January 13, 2017 10:19am

CHINATOWN - Police are looking for a man they believe stole $1,000 in cash from a bank on Thursday - the second time the suspect has struck a Chinatown bank since the end of December.

The suspect first struck a Chase Bank at 180 Canal St. on Dec. 28 at around 12:46 p.m., slipping a note to the teller demanding cash, police said.
Chinatown Subway Thief Steals Phone Out Of Woman's Hand Tuesday: NYPD

CHINATOWN, NY - Police are searching for a man who stole a woman's cellphone right out of her hand on the northbound 5 train approaching the Brooklyn Bridge subway station Tuesday.

At about 7:30 p.m., the man approached the woman on the train and forcibly removed her cell phone from her hand, police said. The woman tried to chase the man down after they got off the train, but she fell on the staircase, police told Patch.
Job Op - Mott Optical and Chinatown Optical Group seeks Eyewear Consultants, $12/hr, 3-month probationary period. Email resume to Kenneth Ma,

The Eyewear Consultant must have a passion for retail, fashion, healthcare, and customer service. He/she is responsible for effectively selling all Optical's product lines and promoting the Optical image to customers within an assigned location while maintaining Optical merchandising standards and providing superior Customer Service. 
Can a Law Stop Distracted Driving? California Hopes to Find Out
Jan 5, 2017

Thousands of people die in distracted-driving accidents every year, including more than 3,400 in 2015, according to federal data released last week. California is hoping to do something about it.

A law went into effect in the state last week with an aim toward cutting down on the number of drivers using smartphones.
NYWIB Breakfast Series: "The Science & Art of Breakthrough Networking" (Jan 20)

Hear Cynthia Greenawalt, our keynote speaker, present "The Science and Art of Breakthrough Networking," a 180 degree re-engineering of the referral (and relationship) development process. The presentation will be followed by dynamic small group discussions.
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REVIEW:Noodle Village
Jan 6,2017

Infatuation reviews Noodle Village, 13 Mott Street #Chinatown Recommends the Wonton Soup.

If you aspire to be an Expert Level New Yorker, there are a few skills you'll want to master. You're going to need to know which subway car to get on for efficient exiting, at least on your own line. You should most certainly know how to avoid a broker's fee. You should know how to politely not have a moment for the environment when a guy with a clipboard comes for you (sorry) and when to order delivery so that a hot meal is ready and waiting for you just as you get home. Seamless, it's just like the repressed 1950s housewife from your favorite prestige television drama. 
Apply for Manhattan Community Board - Due Feb 3

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2017-2019 class of Manhattan Community Board Members. Start the online application, or download a printable application in PDF format.
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MOCACREATE: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover!

Sat, Jan 21, 2017 @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Put a spin on a MOCA tradition-- help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform our space with colorfuld creations, which will be on display through our annual Lunar New Year Family Festival! 
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What's Your Dream? Martin Luther King Jr. Day Family Program (Jan 16)

Met Food, low-cost grocer, meets its end on Mulberry
Posted by: The Villager 
Jan 5,2017

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Locals and elected officials put up a last-minute fight to save the Mulberry St. Met Foodmarket from closure last Thursday, but it appears it will shut its doors Sat., Jan. 7. Landlord Abington Properties is seeking "a more upscale operation" to replace it, according to Councilmember Margaret Chin, who organized the rally in front of the supermarket.

Met Food regulars said it was one of the few places in the Little Italy / Soho area where the neighborhood's elderly and longtime rent-regulated residents could get reasonably priced groceries. Now they'll have to trek a half mile to Whole Foods, at E. Houston St. and Bowery, and pay more for grub, or take an even-longer trip to Chinatown for similarly priced goods.
Activist Al Sugiyama, who empowered Seattle's Asian-American community, dies at 67
Jan 4,2017

Alan Sugiyama, a prominent Seattle activist who founded the Center for Career Alternatives and served as the first Asian-American member of the Seattle School Board, died Monday. He was 67.

Mr. Sugiyama was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, said longtime friend Frank Irigon, who first met Sugiyama in the early 1970s and co-founded a monthly pan-Asian newspaper, the Asian Family Affair, with him. He was hospitalized in November during a family vacation in Hawaii, where he learned that the cancer had spread to his brain.
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