CHINATOWN WEEKEND WALKS
FUN & GAMES IN CHINATOWN
Sunday / JUNE 2, 11am - 4pm
CHINATOWN WEEKEND WALK
FOUR BLOCKS OF FUN & GAMES IN CHINATOWN
JUNE 2, 11am - 4pm
"What is your next best move?"
June 2nd, the Chinatown BID invites everyone to experience the fun and
joy of Chinatown. The four block Weekend Walk includes games, kiddie
rides, New York style water sprinklers (open fire hydrant), an outdoor
library and lounge area, provided by the Uni Project www.uniproject.org),
a full volleyball court, live performances, chess games that will
determine the "Ultimate Chinatown Champion of Chess" and more.
11 am until 4 pm on Sunday, June 2, Mott Street between Canal and Worth
Street will come alive and turn into a "pedestrian zone" to showcase
the neighborhood offerings of Chinatown, which have served as
Manhattan's cultural hub for generations. The street event will feature a
host of leisurely events for all ages to enjoy. Highlights from the day
- "Chinatown's Champion of Chess"-
A life size Chess Game will be played to determine the ultimate
champion of chess- a grand prize will be awarded in the afternoon.
- Lin Sing Manhattan Music Club 1 pm
- Performance by Asian Pop Singer Setsuko 3:30 pm
Children's Hour will take place from 12-3 pm where kids can enjoy a
special treat with a a basketball court, bouncy castle, a mini-ferris
wheel, face painting, and more
the day, local businesses will highlight a host of flavorful foods and
teas from the neighborhood. Chinatown Weekend Walk promises something
for everyone. "This first weekend walk is an opportunity for visitors
and residents alike to enjoy a relaxing stroll and to experience some of
the best of what the area has to offer" says, Wellington Chen, Director
of Chinatown Partnership.
Don't miss New York
City's best block party, the Museum at Eldridge Street's joyous
cross-cultural celebration of Jewish and Chinese culture. Enjoy
performances of Peking Opera, klezmer music, Chinese folk music,
cantorial singing; demonstrations of Hebrew and scribal art, yarmulke
making, tzit tzit and Chinese knot tying, paper folding and
papercutting; mah jongg games, a tea ceremony, challah making, tours of
the Eldridge Street Synagogue and much much more!
For more information: www.eldridgestreet.org
If you think you have your own little David Karp living under your roof, take note.
A free city program
aimed at training tech geniuses like the 26-year-old Tumblr founder and
Bronx High School of Science dropout, who just sold his company to
Yahoo for $1.1 billion, is currently accepting applications.
Now in its second year,
NYC Generation Tech will offer 45 kids from low-income city high
schools, eight weeks of tech training, hands-on learning and
The program, developed
by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the New York City
Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC), culminates in a demo day, when a
winning team will present its app to panel of judges, made up of local
tech bigwigs. Winners share a $5,000 prize.
"It's such a cool
event," said Ben Branham, executive vice president at NYCECD. "You see
15 and 16-year-olds presenting as if they were pitching a real
Altaf Lakhi, a
17-year-old junior at the High School of Computers and Technology in
the Bronx, was on the winning team last year.
Their app, Skoobrik, helps students organize their schoolwork digitally.
"One of our mentors taught us how to code," said Lakhi, whose parents were born in India. "We met every Saturday at Starbucks."
Altaf said he decided to
become a software programmer after attending the program and hopes to
work for "a big company in New York."
A key highlight for him was meeting Karp, one of the demo day judges. "It was honor, it was awesome," Altaf said.
To be eligible for NYC
Generation Tech, students must attend a school where at least half of
the student body gets free or reduced rate lunch.
The deadline for
applications is June 7 at 5 p.m. A background in tech is not required,
though applicants should demonstrate a real interest in the sector,
Applications are being accepted at nycgenerationtech.com.
in America endured abuse and discrimination in the late 19th century,
but they had a leader and a fighter in Wong Chin Foo (1847-1898), whose
story is a forgotten chapter in the struggle for equal rights in
America. The first to use the term "Chinese American " - it was the name
he gave to New York's first Chinese-language newspaper - Wong defended
his compatriots against malicious scapegoating and urged them to become
Americanized to win their rights.
Author Talk: The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo
Thu, Jun 13 @ 7:00pm
A trailblazer and a born
showman who proclaimed himself China's first Confucian missionary to the
United States, he founded America's first association of Chinese voters
in New York and testified before Congress to get laws that denied them
citizenship repealed. Wong
challenged Americans to live up to the principles they freely espoused
but failed to apply to the Chinese in their midst. This evocative
biography is the first book-length account of the life and times of one
of America's most famous Chinese-and one of its earliest campaigners for
racial equality. Join MOCA for a conversation with Scott Seligman
author of the new book The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life
of Wong Chin Foo. Moderated by Andrew Hsiao
Co-sponsored by National Committee on United States-China Relations
Divine Dim Sum in New York City's Chinatown
York City is an expensive city for tourists and eating out can be
pricey unless visitors know where to look. On a street in Chinatown
filled with 25 cent shops, Chinese traditional medicine and even foot
rub parlors, is one of my favorite restaurants in New York called Jing
Fong. For over thirty years, Jing Fong has been serving delicious dim
sum to local residents (with very few tourists) at incredible prices.
Dim sum is a Cantonese tradition associated with drinking tea with
friends and family. Its roots originated on the ancient Silk Road
roughly 700 years ago for weary travelers
needing a rest.
of this restaurant has spread by word of mouth as the restaurant is
consistently packed. My brother, a New Yorker, found out about this
restaurant roughly eleven years ago from a co-worker and I've been
visiting ever since.
will be given a ticket number to wait (be warned that lines can be
long and don't lose the ticket) and the restaurant will be entered
upstairs via steep escalators. While the outside of the restaurant may
not look like much, at the top of the stairs is a chaotic mini-city,
with a banquet room filled with 120 tables holding up to 794 people!
Tourists may have to share a table in order to experience this tasty
treat. I've always been on a Sunday morning when this restaurant is really bustling.
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