Chinatown’s Hotel Business is Booming!


According to the Commercial Observer, Chinatown’s hotel industry is helping the local economy. After the 9/11 attacks 13 years ago, Chinatown was one of the neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan that suffered. After the attacks, Robert DeNiro, a resident of Tribecca, brought his friends to Chinatown to help boost the economy.

Now, with the 9/11 memorial, SoHo, and Lower East Side bars, restaurants, and businesses, downtown Manhattan is prospering again. Many companies are building hotels in Chinatown and we look forward to seeing their success!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Filmed in Chinatown

Have you checked out the latest box office hit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? The movie takes place in NYC, but you will see some familiar locations like the Canal Street station in Chinatown!

Let us know if you spot any other familiar places in the movie!

Chinatown after 9/11

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New York City was devastated after the 9/11 attacks and many people were affected. Chinatown was one of the neighboring communities from the World Trade Center and everyone was devastated. This year, join MOCA for panel discussion to reflect on the tragedy that changed our lives 13 years ago. This is a free event, but you must register.


Get more information here.

Celebrating the Mid Autumn Moon Festival


Tomorrow, September 8th, is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. You might have heard people talk about the lantern or the mooncake festival, but it’s all the same! It is celebrate every year on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Lunar calendar and is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture.


Mooncakes are a big part of the celebration where people give them as presents to family, neighbors, and friends. Learn more about the history of the mooncake here. You can take part by bringing some home for your family to try.

Check them out at the Hong Kong Supermarket on 157 Hester St. If you find other places, let us know! Happy mid-autumn moon festival!

What is Tang Jai Jook, also known as Sampan Congee?


A famous Cantonese congee is called “tang jai jook” which is very popular in Hong Kong. Back in the days, the fishermen there lived in wooden boats called sampan and included peanuts, dried squid, fish slices, etc. in their congee.

You can always make this on your own and get ingredients from Hong Kong Supermarket. If not, Great NY Noodletown has a delicious one on their menu! Don’t forget to order the fried crullers, a fried Chinese bread, to go along with it!

Hong Kong Supermarket
157 Hester St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-4943

Great NY Noodletown
28 Bowery Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 349-0923