Lunar New Year in NYC

When celebrating the Lunar New Year – which begins on Feb. 16 – don’t miss these spots in Chinatown, says Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of the Museum of Chinese in America, during a tour of the neighborhood with SinoVision English Channel. Stops included a visit to a shop where it’s Lunar New Year year-round. Watch the video above.

In another video, SinoVision stops by Lunar Market in SoHo, which displays and sells Asian art products in time for the new year, and works to foster a sense of community and raise awareness of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.

A third video highlights the fourth “Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China” arts and cultural festival running Feb. 13-20. The celebration holds events across major city venues including a New York Philharmonic concert on the final day that will present a synchronized performance between an orchestra and ping pong players.

Other community and ethnic media outlets are also covering Lunar New Year-themed news and events around the city.

    • A 900 lb. “Dogman” sculpture proposed for Kimlau Square in Chinatown for the Year of the Dog has drawn the ire of local residents, reports Bowery Boogie. Some described it as “offensive” and “another instance illustrating the whitewashing of Chinatown.”
    • The publication also reported that a hunger strike held by some of the tenants evicted from 85 Bowery has temporarily ended for the New Year.
    • The Lo-Down covers Chinatown celebrations, including the firecracker festival on Feb. 16 and the big parade a week later.
    • Our Town Downtown has details on the third annual “Madison Street to Madison Avenue” festival on Feb. 10, which saw lions and dogs entertaining shoppers of 50 participating stores.
    • Brooklyn Reporter lists events held in February, including the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association’s annual parade on Feb. 18 with 50,000 attendees expected.
    • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams organized performances and other festivities on Feb. 10 at the Lantern Flower Market, “the first pop-up bazaar of its kind” in the borough, reports Brooklyn Paper. He has another Year of the Dog celebration coming up on Feb. 22.

Stamp designer Kam Mak (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

  • See additional borough events held on Feb. 16 and for the rest of the month in a roundup from Bklyner. This includes a “campfire” and a Prospect Park Zoo event starring dingoes.
  • QNS mentions the borough’s largest New Year event – the annual parade in Flushing, scheduled for Feb. 17.
  • In January, Sing Tao Daily spoke with Kam Mak, the New York-based designer behind the U.S. Postal Service’s Year of the Dog stamp, who explained why he chose not to emphasize the dog in his design.

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