Love in the Time of the Internet
Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm
Got great stories about looking for "the one" online? Bring your friends and share your best, bad dating experiences and your triumphs at this Moth-inspired story slam. Prizes awarded for most outrageous tales. Non-storytellers welcome! Hosted by Rachel Evans, whose one-woman play Jew Wish explores the ups and downs of online dating. With jazz musical interludes by Footprints. Beer and wine served.
$10 per person; $5 for their Facebook friends.
Best Date Spots: Chinatown and Little Italy
By: Time Out New York
Get cozy in this subterranean cocktail hub, which slings French Colonial-themed drinks and other globetrotting concoctions. If the spot's romantic, dim lighting entices you to stay for another round, keep your wits about you by sharing a dish like lamb meatballs.
Head to Happy Ending, a space that was once an erotic-massage parlor, for this monthly storytelling show. In each installment, scribes, comedians and musicians (some of whom have appeared on This American Life and the Moth podcast) tell true-life tales about that month's topic, which ranges from date-appropriate icebreakers (sex, splitting up) to quirkier fare like TV obsessions.
You and your date can cross an NYC must-do off your list by visiting this Chinatown institution, which-upon opening in 1920-was the city's first dim-sum house. A 2010 renovation helped refresh the '20s-era dining room-checkered cloths cover Art Deco tables, and couples huddle beneath an old poster of glam Chinese movie stars.
To see more great date ideas in Chinatown and Little Italy see the FULL ARTICLE.
8 Great Places To Celebrate Chinese New Year
By: Andrew Bender
Happy Year of the Snake!
Celebrations of the year 4711 in the Chinese calendar officially begin this Lunar New Year's Eve (February 9, 2013), but in cities across the United States and Canada the partying began weeks ago and will continue for weeks more. Inside our little red envelope for you: some of the biggest and most unique festivities from coast to coast.
North America's oldest Lunar New Year festivals go back over a century, while the newest festival is barely a year old. Old or new, look for music and dance performances from Chinese and other cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year (Korea and Vietnam, for example), flashy, elaborate costumes, decorations in celebratory red and gold, the pop!-rat-tat-tat-boom! of firecracker shows, parades featuring the lion dance and of course, great food.
What sets these eight (that most auspicious of Chinese digits) celebrations apart is unique offerings from cooking classes with celebrity chefs to beauty pageants, an attempt to break the world record for paper folding, and a Chinese banquet that incorporates Scottish haggis. Yes, we're quizzical too.
Click on the slide show to see some of the continent's most colorful celebrations. While they're rooted in Chinese culture, all are welcome to partake and learn.
Gong Hay Fat Choy!
Read Full Article HERE.
New York City - Chinatown Parade
San Francisco's parade may be the largest, but don't tell that to New York, which is going for the Guinness world record for dancers in a Lunar New Year parade on February 17, with a reported 10,000 marchers signed up to march through Little Italy and Lower Manhattan into Chinatown . Each year about half a million spectators watch. The annual firecracker ceremony is scheduled for February 10, and expect local civic groups to host each other for weeks with lavish banquets in local restaurants.
Delicious Dishes To Try In Chinatown:
Fried rice with honey glazed steak @ New West Malaysian
14-18 Elizabeth St. (inside arcade tunnel)
Triple combination rice, Pho 88 @ 51 Bayard St
Roast pork & chicken on rice, JJ Noodle Restaurant, 19 Henry St
Egg and tomato on rice @ Cheung Wong Kitchen, 38A Allen St
Chinatown Sandy Relief Fund Recipients
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Yesterday, the Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID), in collaboration with the Chinatown Partnership, announced over $79,000 in grant money was given to small businesses in Chinatown as part of the Sandy Relief Fund.Yesterday, the Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID), in collaboration with the Chinatown Partnership, announced over $79,000 in grant money was given to small businesses in Chinatown as part of the Sandy Relief Fund.
Grants will be awarded to 79 small businesses in the Chinatown BID service area. Each grant will be in the amount of $1,001.31. Small businesses that received grants through the Sandy Relief Fund include: Chinese herbal/medicine stores, hair and beauty salons, restaurants, and a bubble tea store, to name a few.
All applications were reviewed by a selection committee made up of members of the Chinatown BID interim Board. To be eligible, businesses must have met the following criteria: must be located in the Chinatown BID service area; must be open at least 1 year (or have a 5-year lease); must have 50 or fewer full time employees OR less than $1 million in annual revenue in 2011; must have been closed at least 5 days due to the storm/power outage/physical damage; must show demonstrable proof of loss of business; and must indicate intended use for the grant funds.
CLICK HERE to read the full press release.
Chinatown Jewelry Week Offers Deeply-Discounted Bling
CHINATOWN - The Diamond District is about to be outshone.
With the first Chinatown Jewelry Week set to kick off Friday, New York's other bling district is vying for a bigger slice of the lovers market as Valentine's Day approaches.
Modeled after the city's Restaurant Week promotion, a host of stores near the intersection of the Bowery and Canal Street will be offering a range of discounts for the 14-day event.
Chinatown Jewelry Week also coincides with the Lunar New Year, another big time for business for the downtown jewelry merchants.
"Not everyone knows about the area here," said Siowai Sang, who has operated his store, Golden Jade, at 189 Canal St., for 40 years and was also the president of the Canal Street Jewelry Merchants Association for 25 years.
"Our price is much better than uptown. Our operating costs are lower," explained Sang, adding that his quality can match anything sold on Fifth Avenue.
While there are about 260 jewelry retailers in the area - the second largest in the country, according to Sang - so far only 17 stores have agreed to participate on the inaugural event, including Golden Jade.
Each store had created its own "Sweetheart Deal" to draw in both new and old customers. At Golden Jade, Sang will offer a discount of between 25 to 40 percent on most of his inventory, as well as on custom-made jewelry.
"We are hoping people are going to fall in love with Chinatown and shopping in Chinatown," said event organizer Julie Huang, who also heads up Chinatown Restaurant Week, held in March.
"It is the most diverse group of businesses inside of Chinatown," she said. "Not everyone is Chinese - Italian, Irish, Cuban and many others have been doing this for generations."
For Sang, not only do the Chinatown jewelry stores match the quality of the Diamond District and beat their prices, customers who shop around Canal Street will most likely deal directly with the store's owner.
"These are family businesses," he said.
For a list of businesses involved in Chinatown Jewelry Week visit the website.
Neighborhood Highlights Must-See Places In Chinatown
By Michael Hsu
With one of the densest populations of Chinese immigrants in the western hemisphere, Manhattan's Chinatown is a true New York story, the American Dream in action. The thriving immigrant population gives visitors access to far-flung wares and culinary delights, and to walk these streets is to walk through NYC's past (it's where much of the action in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York took place). A great starting point is Chatham Square, which is the intersection of seven major streets (including the Bowery and Mott Street)-a metaphor, perhaps, for the neighborhood's confluence of cultures. History buffs can admire Chatham Square's statue of Lin Zexu, a Qing Dynasty official who led the fight against Britain's illegal importation of opium. But most of us will want to start eating and shopping our way through the busy streets-there's a backstory in every bite.
To read this full article and learn about Chinatown's most exciting attractions, CLICK HERE and also visit the neighborhood's Official NYC Information Kiosk.
Quality Coffee & Snack In Chinatown
Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar is a gourmet market and serious coffee bar. In the gourmet market, the emphasis is on sustainable, eco-friendly, locally sourced, small batch, artisan foods. Patrons will find mostly organic foods and sustainable daily necessities, as well as several re-fill programs, including, bottled milk, bottled yogurt, local craft beer and iced coffee growlers, and a eco-friendly cleaning detergent re-fill station.
Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar prides itself in offering a wide selection of New York produced artisan foods. In the coffee bar the emphasis is on "slow coffee" where each cup of coffee is hand made to order using thoughtfully chosen locally roasted direct or fair trade coffee beans coupled with farm fresh local milk. Never is coffee pre-brewed in large batches and left to sit until ordered.
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35 East Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10002
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