ExploreChinatown Newsletter
Lunar New Year Celebrations Continue This Weekend in Chinatown!
Sat, Feb 8 | 12pm to 6pm
Super Saturday Lion Dances

  • All around the neighborhood (below Grand Street), concentrated along Mott Street, Elizabeth Street, Hester Street, Canal Street & Doyers/Pell Street

Sat, Feb 8 | 12pm to 4pm
Lantern Festival

  • Small parade will make their way down East Broadway from Kimlau Square to Market Street
  • Stage performances, food samples, photo exhibit, symposium, and free giveaways to attendees

Sun, Feb 9 | 1pm to 3pm
Annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

  • Parade route (map below) begins at Hester/Mott Street and ends at Forsyth/Broome Street
  • Festival takes place within SDR Park on Grand Street

Note: If you can't make it out to the parade, it will be streamed online by abc7NY
Elected officials are urging the public to take normal precautions against illness, but not to let fears concerning coronavirus stop them from participating in the event. "It's really important in this moment where everyone is understandably worried about the coronavirus, we need to be factual, we need to be scientific, and we need to be calm," NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson said.

The Lunar New Year celebrations wrap up this weekend, and in New York City, the biggest party will be the annual parade in Chinatown. Lion dancers and other performers will fill the streets on Sunday, and 10-year-old Ivan Zhou is being put through his paces as he practices for his first performance. He is one of dozens of fifth grade students from PS 130 in Chinatown set to perform the time-honored dance.
Many Thanks to NYC Health Commissioner Barbot for Supporting Chinatown
Restaurateurs in Chinatown say their businesses are suffering because of the panic about coronavirus. They say that the neighborhood has been noticeably less busy, while there have been no confirmed cases in New York yet during the outbreak that has infected 28,000 people worldwide. The outbreak has provoked xenophobic and racist responses about the Chinese people and diaspora, including from those who push age-old and bigoted misperceptions of Chinese culinary habits.

To be eligible for the affordable units, households must earn between 40% and 165% of Area Median Income (AMI). Residents of Community District 3 receive a preference for half of the affordable apartments. Former site tenants of the urban renewal area receive an additional preference.


DOT Art is seeking to identify qualified artists to be included in a registry for potential asphalt art commissions to be implemented between spring and fall 2020. DOT Art will provide selected artists with up to twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) towards direct project costs associated with designing, installing, maintaining and removing the Artwork.

Unlike a strawberry shortcake, which originated from a sweet English biscuit recipe and is crumbly and heavier in texture, the Asian fruit cream cake typically uses a traditional lighter sponge cake base, which distinguishes itself from the similar-tasting French genoise in that it contains no added fat such as butter or oil.
NYS Plastic Bag Ban and NYC Paper Bag Fee

As of March 1, 2020, single use plastic carryout bags are banned in New York State, with a few exemptions. Additionally, New York City will enact a five-cent fee on paper carryout bags, which will also take effect on March 1, 2020. The fee does not apply to exempt bags or customers using SNAP or WIC.

For more information on these requirements, please visit Inquiries on the NYS Plastic Bag Ban should be sent to the NYS Dep. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Inquiries on the NYC Paper Bag Fee should be directed to the NYS Dep. of Taxation and Finance.
DSNY Educational Resources
To print/download educational materials, register for or request a training, watch educational videos, and other resources, please visit General inquiries can be sent to
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has partnered with Coursera to offer free online business courses developed by industry experts at the world’s best universities.

Course programs include:

  • Building Your Own Business helps aspiring entrepreneurs turn their idea into a viable business.
  • Operating and Financing Your Business helps entrepreneurs who are ready to launch or already operating a business to plan their operations, understand and manage their financials, and access financing.  
  • Mastering Marketing & Sales helps entrepreneurs who are ready to launch or already operating a business to develop sales and marketing strategies, and master tactics such as social media marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) for their website.
  • Managing & Leading People helps existing business owners learn to recruit, hire, and manage employees, and develop leadership and communication skills.
  • Achieving Your Growth Potential helps growth-seeking business owners identify growth opportunities, create a growth plan, and communicate the plan to their team, stakeholders, and customers.

Support 70 Mulberry Street
Please support the organizations affected by the recent five-alarm at 70 Mulberry Street with your generous donation:

After a fire damaged archives of the Museum of Chinese in America in New York last month, items feared to have been lost forever have now been recovered. Some of the treasured surviving pieces include original copies of the first English-language Chinese American newspaper in the United States and a Chinese typewriter believed to be the oldest one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Just a week after a fire burned through a building housing a Chinese language school, some of its students are back to class at a temporary location nearby. 
“This is such a lucky break for us,” said Dong Yang, the Chinatown Manpower Project’s adult education program director while standing in an austere hallway on the 7th floor of the Overseas Chinese Mission.

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