Holiday Lanterns Welcome the New Year
Last month holiday lanterns were hung across East Broadway in Chinatown to celebrate and welcome the Lunar New Year of the Snake.
What Do Chinese Lanterns Symbolize?
Chinese lanterns originated around 230-250 B.C. and are considered to be the earliest of all portable lighting devices. They are used today for celebrations and holidays. Once believed to ward off evil spirits, they uphold centuries old traditions, and symbolize both Chinese past and emerging future. Made of paper, Chinese lanterns are found throughout the world. Their elaborate designs bring the past and the present together.
The Chinese Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month of the Chinese New Year. Many myths explain why Chinese lanterns developed, but one stands out: During the first century, Emperor Mingdi sent a scholar to India to find Buddhist scriptures after having a dream about a golden man who rose into the sky. When the scholar returned, the Emperor ordered the building of a temple to house the scriptures and a statue of Buddha, and ordered the display of lanterns to symbolize Buddha's power to dispel the darkness.
Significance of Color
Chinese lanterns can be any color, but red is traditionally used in conjunction with other colors. Each color has its own meaning, but meanings can change depending on the context. Red represents happiness and good luck; white, purity, old age and wisdom. Yellow and gold represent the first emperor, but also earth and mourning. Blue is associated with immortality, while black stands for honesty as well as death or misfortune.
Lucky symbols are important in Chinese culture, so lanterns are decorated with drawings or calligraphy representing them. Someone wanting to do well on a test might decorate a lantern with a bearded sage, while someone seeking a bright future might put on his lantern the symbol for a woman with fruit. Those blessed with plenty might use fish or bees to represent their abundance, while a survivor might use a clock to remember someone who has died. Red bats represent good fortune.
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Night Life, and Spider-Man 2 Filming in Chinatown
Holiday Lighting Shines in Chinatown
Spider-Man 2 Filming, Night Food Stand
Film crew on Pell Street
Film crew on Pell Street
Museum at Eldridge Street's Preservation Detectives Program for Families
Milk Chocolate frogs? White Chocolate hail? Who knew Passover plagues could be so sweet? Join us for a special Holiday Family Program. First, it's matzo madness as Preservation Detectives track down a trail of dry and crumbly clues. (And did you guess? These won't be bread crumbs!) From basement to balcony, young sleuths uncover hidden matzo and discover how the Eldridge Street Synagogue tells its own Passover story of freedom. Then, plagues so good, they won't scare anyone away. Create (and eat) your own chocolate plagues and add a sweet touch to your family seder. Children's author Fran Manushkin and a holiday art project too!
$15 per family; appropriate for ages 4-10. Limited space...and chocolate. RSVP required.
Superstorm Sandy: Small Business Legal Clinic
Was your small business impacted by SuperStorm Sandy? If so, come receive legal guidance from volunteer attorneys from Proskauer Rose and Goldman Sachs in partnership with the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project. Local small businesses may be eligible for ongoing pro bono legal representation through Proskauer Rose.
Attorneys will be available to answer questions related to:
* FEMA and SBA issues
* Insurance issues
* Commercial landlord-tenant issues (* Please attend the 3/6 clinic, if possible)
* Other business-related issues
What to bring:
* All documents related to your legal questions, including:
Any contracts (including amendments and relevant communications)
Insurance policies and all riders
Lease and all riders
Any SBA loan applications or related paperwork
DATES: Wednesday, March 6th
TIME: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
LOCATION: South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street (between Front Street & South Street)
QUESTIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org; (212) 382-6633
Legal guidance will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Proskauer Rose lawyers may, but are not required to, agree to accept small businesses for ongoing representation on a pro bono (i.e., no charge) basis, depending on the parties and legal issues involved.
Sponsored by: City Bar Justice Center, Community Board 1, Goldman Sachs, Proskauer Rose & Senator Daniel Squadron.
Do You Want a CityBench?
The CityBench program is an initiative to increase the amount of public seating on New York City's streets. DOT is installing attractive and durable benches around the city, particularly at bus stops, retail corridors, and in areas with high concentrations of senior citizens.
These benches will make streets more comfortable for transit riders and pedestrians, especially for those who are older and disabled. Anyone can request a bench. DOT encourages all New Yorkers to recommend locations for benches. If you know of a good location that meets the requirements below, please complete the below form.
Click HERE to read more and download request form.
Where to Find Hong Kong in NY's Chinatown
Hong Kong street eats have come in from the cold this winter at Wing Kee Day Cart Noodles. This two-month-old restaurant in Chinatown serves a noodle soup with vegetables crowned by a superior chicken cutlet, made to order with no shortcuts, Chandavkl reports on Chowhound. Sandwiches, meats over rice or spaghetti, a four-for-$4 steam-table deal, and $3.50 breakfast choices-congee, noodles, two eggs with meat and toast-round out the budget-priced menu.
A larger breakfast selection can be had at Cha Chan Tang, a Hong Kong-style café that's become a neighborhood hot spot since it opened a couple of years ago. Chowhound pravit is a morning regular for fried noodles, pork-preserved egg congee, or peanut-sauce rice-noodle rolls (choose two of the three) for $4. But what caught Chandavkl's eye on the vast menu was Yunnan rice noodles in fish broth in a dozen variations with meats, seafood, or bean curd. The soup is "absolutely fantastic," he says. Those who don't want the default noodle can substitute others, including egg or instant noodles.
Click HERE to read the full story.
Hurricane Sandy: Fee Relief for Business Recovery
To help New York City businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg signed an executive order directing City agencies to waive various fees required for rebuilding, recovery and operation of these businesses until further notice.
Which fees will be waived?
The City will waive fees related to repair and reconstruction of space occupied or to be occupied by the business. Fees will be waived for the alteration or repair of systems serving only the business space and that are owned by the business.
For more info please visit their website for more info.
United Healthcare Opens New Comprehensive Health Benefits Store in Chinatown
UnitedHealthcare today opened its newest health benefits store at 168 Centre St. in Chinatown, New York, continuing the company's nearly 20-year commitment to serving local residents with comprehensive and personalized customer service. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today with elected officials, community leaders and UnitedHealthcare executives.
The new UnitedHealthcare Asian Plaza in Chinatown replaces the company's first-ever retail-like customer support center that opened in 1994. This latest storefront is the 23rd to open in the United States and was modeled after the successful design used at the company's Queens store. On average, more than 3,000 people a month have visited the Queens store since it opened in 2011.
With a focus on serving the Asian-American community, the new UnitedHealthcare Asian Plaza in Chinatown will provide residents with information and customer service on all UnitedHealthcare benefits plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, small business and individual, while also offering health and wellness services, and free public health education programs.
Bowery Adult Day Care Center
A new government subsidized (if you qualify) adult day care center is now opened for business in Chinatown. They accept Medicaid and Medicare, the center is free for those who qualify.
Bowery Adult Day Care Center is one of the top adult day care center in Lower Manhattan. They offers two meals a day, has a social worker on site, and many activities for the elderly daily from 8am - 2pm, with a 2pm to 7pm evening session coming soon.
- Continuing Education (Photography, English Lessons, Arts & Craft, Smartphone Classes)
- Fitness Classes (TaiChi, Music Lessons, Fitness Classes, Traditional Chinese Dances)
- Entertainment (Karaoke, Ping Pong, Dancing)
- Beauty Spa
- Healthy Meals
- Social Work Services
For more information please contact: Cherrie Liu at
212-619-1088 or email
New Beauty Shop Opens in Chinatown
HERS is a new beauty supply store that just opened recently on Mott Street in Chinatown. They offer a variety of selections of different beauty and makeup supplies.
Could you live in 54-square-foot space?
Chinese immigrants live for decades in tiny tenement housing in New York's Chinatown. Poppy Harlow reports.
It might seem hard to believe, but in New York City, there are some living in a 54-square-foot room. They're not part of the tiny house movement either but find this the best option for themselves for decades as they try to earn a living in the United States.
No individual bathroom. No individual ceilings above rooms. Lights on 24/7. Sound like prison? It's not - just a tenement house in New York City's Chinatown.
Read the story by The Blaze HERE or watch the CNN Video below: