NYC Schools Off for Lunar New Year


According to ChinaDailyUSA, NYC schools can now mark Lunar New Year as a day off!

NYC Council member Margaret Chin explained, “This is a long time coming. This is such an important bill to really show that we have the honor to celebrate our culture and diversity, and to recognize the contribution of Asian Americans to this country and to this city.” Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law on Wednesday night.

Lunar New Year will be on Thursday, February 19, 2015. We will keep you posted on celebration events in Chinatown!

Fung Wah, the Chinatown Bus Company, will Reopen


According to, the famous Chinatown bus company Fung Wah, whose license was revoked due to a series of issues, will reopen early 2015. Fung Wah has been an alternative option to companies like Greyhound or Megabus and usually leaves a Chinatown from one city to go to a Chinatown in another.

Where to Volunteer This Thanksgiving

According to Tasting Table, you can volunteer in Chinatown/Lower East Side by packing a winter-ready goody bag for the Bowery Mission this Thanksgiving.

Here are more details:
The longtime East Village mission celebrates its 135th all-day Thanksgiving extravaganza, where nearly 1,600 New Yorkers tuck into a turkey dinner and receive a new coat and a “blessing bag.” This year, the mission is aiming to hand out 2,000 of these bags on Thanksgiving, and it’s still accepting much-needed items, such as hats, gloves, healthy snacks and more (see the full list here). Simply drop off the items at the Mission before the big day. If you’ve got a big haul, make sure you call ahead of time to let them know.
Now until 11/27; 227 Bowery; 212-674-3456

Read more here!

Empowering Young Women Through Fashion in Chinatown

Rebecca Reich and the Greater Chinatown Community Association cordially invite you to an afternoon of fun and fashion!


Date: Saturday, December 6 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Transfiguration School/Church’s Auditorium/29 Mott Street (Use side entrance near 105 Mosco Street, around the corner from the Church)
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-374-1311

* fashion show of young tweens,
* makeup booth,
* treats and refreshments,
* new clothing & accessories from Coach, Brandy Melville, and other designers on sale for up to 80% off retail prices,
*new and like new clothing in girls’ sizes 8-16 and more, on sale at our “Dollar Bazaar”
* panel of professional women to provide career guidance:

All proceeds will be donated to the Great Chinatown Community Association.

Getting LES Ready: Create a Community-Based Disaster Plan


Tomorrow, the LES Long Term Recovery Group is hosting a forum for everyone to come discuss how Hurricane Sandy affected the Lower East Side and how to create a community-based disaster plan. There will be Chinese and Spanish translators.