ExploreChinatown Newsletter
Show Some Love for Chinatown tomorrow for Valentine's Day and over the next month! From February 14 to March 15, eat, shop, and support our local merchants (some examples above) and be entered in a raffle for great prizes including an Apple iPhone X, silver rings, chains and bracelets from the New York Jewelers Exchange, and a Fuji INSTAX Mini Camera.

Visit our Chinatown Information Kiosk (Baxter & Canal Streets) to redeem your receipt for a raffle entry, and to also leave love notes to be displayed on our bulletin board and display screen.

Rules of Entry

  1. Purchase a meal, item, or service of at least $10 from any business within the Chinatown BID service area during the raffle contest period from February 14 to March 15, 2020.
  2. Obtain a receipt that clearly indicates the business name and the amount paid.
  3. Present each receipt (of at least $10) at the Chinatown Information Kiosk during operating hours (10am to 5pm) in exchange for one raffle ticket entry. Please fill out your name, phone number and email address so that you can be contacted on March 16, 2020 if you are a raffle prize winner.
Fears over the coronavirus are hurting restaurants and retail establishments in Chinatown, and on Wednesday, lawmakers and the Chinatown Partnership launched a new initiative to support struggling business owners.

City Council members Margaret Chin and Carlina Rivera were on hand to kick off the campaign, which is dedicated to supporting Chinatown small businesses, many of whom have been experiencing a decline in customers due to anxieties around the coronavirus.

紐約州迄今25個疑似新冠肺炎病例,12日確定全部排除,全州沒有一例確診;但全球疫情還是造成民眾慌亂,更影響華人社區經濟;為了鼓勵民眾來華埠消費,華埠共同發展機構、華埠商改區12日宣布,將迎合情人節舉辦「在華埠展現愛」(Show Some Love in Chinatown)活動,只要民眾消費滿十元,憑發票就能換抽獎券,最大獎為一部iPhone X蘋果手機。

In less than three weeks, a ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect in New York State. The city is trying to make sure New Yorkers are prepared.

Over the next 19 days, around 100,000 bags will be given out at events across the five boroughs.
Museum of Chinese in America
February 21, from 2:00 pm–6:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
61 West 62nd Street in Manhattan

If you love to be creative and care about your community, join Lincoln Center and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for a Create-a-thon to spread the word about the 2020 U.S. Census! Whether you want to design a sticker, draw a poster, write a poem, sing a song, or choreograph a dance, you'll be doing your part to make sure your community gets the government representation, funding, and services it deserves.
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Check out these awesome photos we were tagged on during the Lunar New Year celebration over the past two weekends.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, a grand marshal of this year’s parade, said the city and country confronted the SARS outbreak nearly two decades ago, and now they will “successfully confront coronavirus.”

“I’m here to say that Chinatown is open for business and we are behind you and we will remain strong,” Velazquez said. “Last night, I was here dining in a restaurant in Chinatown. I welcome everyone to come here and celebrate the culture and beauty of this community.”

They've started calling it Super Saturday, the day before Chinatown's big Lunar New Year Parade when dozens of Lion Dance crews hit the neighborhood's streets to bring good luck and fortune to—and ward off evil from—the neighborhood.

In exchange for performing their ritualistic dance outside and inside stores and restaurants lining Mott and Pell, Doyers and Elizabeth, Bayard and East Broadway, the "Lions" are fed red envelopes filled with cash by business owners. The lai see is then put back into the community through various local non-profit organizations.