At MOCA, A Prince Tribute with Taiyo Na and P.I.C.

Photo: Taiyo Na. P.I.C. Courtesy MOCA

The Museum of Chinese America (MOCA) is a hidden gem. Tucked away on Centre Street between Grand and Hester streets in a striking space designed by acclaimed artist Maya Lin, it’s a breath of fresh air in a neighborhood known more for its turn of the century warehouse buildings than cutting edge cultural institutions.

Once inside, the fun begins. With world-class facilities and access to fresh, innovative exhibits and programs, there is something for everyone.  You’ll find their core exhibition featuring 160 years of Chinese American history, interactive programs for families, Free Thursday Talks, the signature film series, Chinatown Film Project, and live music evenings titled  MOCAMIX

Chinatown Businesses Awarded $79,000 in Post-Sandy Grants

Grant recipients and community leaders posed for photos last week in Chinatown.

Last week, 79 business owners in Chinatown received grants to help them bounce back from the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy. The program was set up by the Chinatown Business Improvement District and the Chinatown Partnership.  Each business was given a check for about $1000.

At the urging of City Council member Margaret Chin, the groups launched a fundraising drive, including a benefit dinner, which raised $79,000.  There were small donations but also some big contributions to the fund.  First American International Bank (FAIB), CAIPA (Chinese American Independent Practitioner Association) and the Magna Carta Insurance Company all donated $10,000.

About one-third of the recipients were restaurants, which were closed for more than a week following Sandy and were forced to throw out a lot of spoiled food. Other recipients included Chinese herbal medicine stores and beauty salons.


This Morning on East Broadway

East Broadway at Market Street. Photo by Tisa LaPadula.

Here was the scene this morning on East Broadway near market Street.  Tisa LaPadula noticed this school bus in the middle of the street; police officers were directing traffic around it.  We have calls into the 5th Precinct about this one.  If you know what might have happened here you can email us at


Scenes From the 2013 Firecracker Festival

2013 Firecracker Festival at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Photos by Tim Schreier.

It was time to celebrate the Year of the Snake at Sara D. Roosevelt Park yesterday morning.  The Better Chinatown Society put on quite a show for the 14th annual Firecracker Ceremony.  Local dignitaries were there, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, City Council member Margaret Chin and NYC Comptroller John Liu.  Tim Schreier got some great images from the day, which you can see after the jump.  Remember: the Lunar New Year Parade takes place next Sunday at 1 p.m.  Check out the route here.

Grand Street CSA Holds Informational Meeting Tomorrow Night

Grand Street CSA distributions take place on the steps of the Abrons Arts Center.

After this weekend’s snow storm, spring might seem like it’s far away, but the Grand Street CSA is already thinking about the warmer months. “CSA” stands for community supported agriculture.  Members pay in advance for weekly distributions of fresh produce, eggs, pasta, etc., and in so doing, help a regional farm become more sustainable.  Tomorrow night, the Grand Street organization will be holding a meeting for both current members and anyone who’s thinking about joining.

There will be an opportunity to meet a new farmer, Zaid Kurdieh of Norwich Meadows Farm (located in upstate NY and in NJ).  The CSA was forced to make a switch after the previous farmers decided it was too time-consuming to make the trip to the city.  There’s also a new farm providing fruit shares this year, Red Jacket Orchards of Geneva, New York.  Vegetable shares cost $320; fruit shares are $240 (both for 22 weeks beginning in June).

Tomorrow night’s meeting takes place at 8:45 p.m. in the Seward Park Community Room, 264 East Broadway.  Click here for more information.  Anyone is welcome to attend.


Reminder: Bialystoker Nursing Home Hearing Tomorrow

Bialystoker Nursing Home, 228 East Broadway.

Here’s a reminder that the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a hearing tomorrow morning concerning the Bialystoker Building, the former nursing home that was shuttered moe than a year ago at 228 East Broadway.  A preservation group, Friends of the Lower East Side, has been fighting to save the building from the wrecking ball.

Public testimony will be heard on the designation application but no decision is expected from the commission tomorrow.  Initially the nursing home board opposed designation but a spokesperson for the board told us in December that they had dropped their objections. The board has been trying to sell the site for a luxury condo project.

The hearing takes place at 9:30 a.m. at the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s office, 1 Center Street.  Anyone is welcome to testify for or against the application.


Good Morning!

Fun in the snow at Corlears Hook Park. Photo by Jeremy Sherber.

The rain will continue through the day and we’ll see a high of 46.  Partly cloudy and mild the rest of the week.

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