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ExploreChinatown Newsletter (2/14/19)
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Continue This Weekend in Chinatown
Sat, 2/16/19
Super Saturday Lion Dances
Starting 11am, throughout Chinatown

Sun, 2/17/19
12pm, starting at Mott/Canal Street
Marching to the beat of their own drum, Asian American Life reporter Rayner Ramirez plays with the Crimson Kings, the first and only Asian American Drum Corp on the east coast. They'll be marching this Sunday at the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown.

For the 20th year, celebrations for the Lunar New Year, a tradition brought to the United States by immigrants not only from China, but also from other Asian countries, took place Tuesday with Chinese-Americans heralding the arrival of the Year of the Pig with song, dance, and firecrackers.

為感謝環衛工人一年來的辛苦勞作,華埠商業改進區於6日舉行表彰會,向12名環衛工人代表予以表彰,並「請財神」頒發紅包向其拜年。華埠商業改進區執行總 監陳作舟表示,環衛工人的辛苦不亞於市警局和消防局,在幾乎全年的所有時間裡,他們均須風雨無阻地勞作,以維護華埠整潔而有條不紊的樣子。時逢新年,藉此 希望對他們的辛苦勞作予以感謝。

第 四屆「麥地臣街到麥迪遜大道」(Madison St. to Madison Ave.)農曆新年慶祝活動9日在曼哈頓上東城麥迪遜大道開幕,今年主辦方一改往年的醒獅舞龍表演形式,而是在位於62街與63街間的一顆高大樹木掛上喜 慶的紅色燈籠和紅色彩帶,並歡迎民眾將寫上新年願望的紅絲帶掛在樹上,為新年討一個好彩頭。

Located at 149 Hester Street. Painting in Chinatown, the American artist brought to life a beautiful new piece celebrating the “Year Of The Pig” in correlation with the Chinese New Year. The piece was made with the support of East Village Walls.
No Trash, Recycling or Organic Collection, nor Street Cleaning, on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18, 2019 

In observance of Presidents’ Day, the New York City Department of Sanitation announced that there will not be garbage, organics or recycling collection, nor street cleaning, on Monday, February 18, 2019.

  • Residents who normally receive Monday trash and organics collection should place their materials at curbside after 4 p.m. on Monday, February 18 for collection. 
  • Residents who normally receive Monday recycling collection should place their materials at curbside after 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 for collection starting Monday, February 25.

Additionally, Sanitation Department administrative offices will be closed on Monday, February 18, in observance of the holiday.
An understanding of your vision is key to launching or expanding your business. The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) will introduce you to the FastTrac - a series of free business education courses designed to help you launch or expand your business. This will be followed with an introduction to business continuity planning to ensure your business is resilient in the face of disruptions.

You will learn how to:

  • Create an elevator pitch
  • Create a business concept statement
  • Identify your key business functions, employees, and documents
  • Understand how to protect your assets and navigate insurance processes
  • Create a business continuity plan for your business

It's a problem across New York City: Drivers abusing city-issued placards to put their cars in certain no parking zones. Now, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson says it's time to crack down on the violators. "Placard abuse is corruption, plain and simple," he said. The parking placards allow their users to park in designated zones. But drivers often put them on their dashboards to park just about anywhere, often without any consequences, because traffic agents are reluctant to issue tickets to other city workers.

Deadline: 2/18/19

Above the entryway to the new market’s demonstration and teaching kitchen is a large wall measuring 32’ wide by 22” tall, which is the canvas for this public art installation This location is visible from the market’s public seating area, as well as from the street through the building’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows. LES Partnership is most interested in designs that add visual impact and draw attention to this highly visible area of the market. Applicants are asked to familiarize themselves with the legacy and sentiment of Essex Street Market, and to create artwork inspired by those takeaways.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been a target of criticism from the Chinese community over many key issues, came to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) on Feb. 5 for a Lunar New Year celebration in a clearly conciliatory mood. The mayor announced that a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, which had been temporarily placed in Chinatown’s Columbus Park for years, can now claim the spot as its permanent home.
Chinatown Optical RFP for Window Display Artist and In-Store Sculptor

Deadline: 3/1/19

Chinatown Optical is celebrating 40 years of expanding one’s vision through clear sight, providing the finest eyewear from around the world, and serving our community. They are asking for a artist to communicate this vision through a expansive window display and a in-store sculptor.

St James Episcopal Church
84-07 Broadway, Elmhurst

  • Resource Fair & Raffle Prizes
  • Cultural Performances
  • Face Painting & Crafts
  • Award Presentation to City Mission
  • Special Reading by Drag Queen Story Hour

Pace University

Celebrate the Lunar New Year by Seeing the Stunning Acrobats of the New Shanghai Circus! Proceeds go to SWAN.

觀看令人驚嘆新上海馬戲團來慶祝農曆新年! 直接收益。

Flushing Town Hall

For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. Bring your family to enjoy performances, art-making, lantern making, and food to celebrate the Year of the Pig! Add to our community Red Envelope Show. The Temple Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice.

Museum of Chinese in America

Listen to a special reading of Pepper Zhang, Artist Extraordinaire! and learn what inspired Jerry to dream up Pepper, a sassy little girl with a passion for art. Stick around to decorate a festive Lunar New Year coloring page designed by illustrator Trisha Hautéa featuring Pepper herself!

Museum of Chinese in America

Translate and decode the almanacs predictions with daily listings for 2019, the Year of the Pig. The traditional Chinese almanac, also known as the Tong Sing or Huang Li, is a centuries-old repository of cultural information from household tips to general medical remedies.

2/22 & 2/23/19
Chen Dance Center

Ring in the Lunar New Year with H.T. Chen & Dancers

Register by 2/28/19
China Institute

China Institute’s immersive group classes, led by experienced language teachers, offer a wide range of Chinese language courses at every proficiency level, from beginner to advanced. Our feature courses include but are not limited to: Chinese literature, Classical Chinese, Business Chinese, Chinese through Videos, and Hot Topics, among many others.

Museum of Chinese in America

Cookbook author Diana Zheng will talk about her book Jia! The Food of Swatow and the Teochew Diaspora, an exploration of her roots and the global Teoswa community.

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Past Newsletters:




View:  Chinatown Newsletter - November 7, 2017


View:  Chinatown Newsletter - October 19, 2017


View:  Chinatown Newsletter - October 1, 2017


View:  Chinatown Newsletter - September 15, 2017



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