Lunar New Year

Chinatown Rails Against Proposed ‘Dogman’ Sculpture Ahead of Lunar New Year

Last modified February 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

With the lunar Year of the Dog just a day out, some in the Chinatown community are incensed about the so-called “Dogman” sculpture planned for Kimlau Square. The proposal, designed by artists Gillie and Marc and backed by the Chinatown Partnership, calls for a 900-lb, bronze dapper dog holding an apple. Community Board 3 last […]

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The 85 Bowery Hunger Strike ‘Temporarily’ Ends to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Posted February 13, 2018 at 5:16 am

The hunger strike has concluded, but allegedly not due to city intervention in the ongoing battle over the hazardous living conditions at 85 Bowery. Rather, after four days of inclement weather and no food, exiled tenants are ending their strike (for now) in the name of the Chinese New Year (the year of the Dog). Following […]

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This Dapper ‘Dogman’ is Headed for Chinatown to Celebrate the Lunar Year of the Dog

Last modified January 31, 2018 at 7:17 am

It’s the year of the Dog…man. In honor of the Chinese New Year, the Chinatown Partnership has commissioned artists Gillie and Marc to create a half canine, half human sculpture to commemorate the Year of the Dog. In Chinese tradition, when a dog enters a home it symbolizes the coming of good luck. The aptly […]

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Ringing in the Year of the Rooster with a (Firecracker) Bang [PHOTOS]

Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:19 am

Saturday afternoon, Chinatown rang in the year of the Rooster with quite a bang. Literally. For the eighteenth year running, the Better Chinatown Society hosted the Firecracker Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, attracting hundreds to the Hester Playground inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park. (Falling on the weekend certainly helped turnout.) The event featured traditional song and dance, […]

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The Year of the Cock Kicks off this Weekend with Firecracker Ceremony

Posted January 27, 2017 at 5:13 am

The year of the cock is here, and for the 18th time, the Lunar New Year parade and festival will rule the roost of Lower Manhattan over the span of two weekends. As in years past, the party will kick off with the Firecracker Ceremony, tomorrow at 11am at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Grand Street between […]

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The Lunar New Year is Now a School Holiday in the City

Posted June 24, 2015 at 5:11 am

Yesterday, State Senator Daniel Squadron was alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens, to officially announce the inclusion of the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. While there’s always been chatter about adding the celebratory day to academic calendars citywide, Margaret Chin set the wheels in motion with her endorsement back in early 2012. It’s been a […]

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In Response to New Public School Holidays, Margaret Chin Calls for Lunar New Year Consideration

Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:16 am

With the year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat having just begun, Councilwoman Margaret Chin is still fighting for the Lunar New Year. Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Muslim holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha are now considered official Public School Holidays (i.e. days off). While acknowledging the news, Chin, for her part, […]

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Parading in the Chinatown Streets for the Year of the Ram [PHOTOS]

Posted February 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

A mild Sunday, yesterday was a total slushfest, and just in time for the sixteenth annual Lunar New Year parade. The streets of Chinatown were bogged down by a colorful confetti soup, yet didn’t deter the masses from descending upon the area to partake in the festivities for the year of the Ram. The usual […]

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State Senate Passes Bill to Push Lunar New Year School Holiday

Posted May 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

New York City school children are one leap closer to having an additional day off. Local politicians continue applying pressure for the Department of Education to recognize the observance of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Earlier this week, the New York State Senate approved the bill that would require the DOE to close schools if the holiday […]

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Parading in the Chinatown Street for the Year of the Horse [PHOTOS]

Posted February 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

Since 1999, the Better Chinatown Society has been organizing the annual Lunar New Year parade in the streets of Chinatown. Yesterday afternoon was the fifteenth year running and crowded as ever. The attendance estimate usually hovers around the half-million mark, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the number was higher this time. After all, it […]

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