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.

Gouverneur Celebrates Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration, Gouverneur Healthcare Services.

We were at Gouverneur Healthcare Services yesterday, where a performance by the little ones from the Chinatown Daycare Center was a highlight of the skilled nursing facility’s Chinese New Year Celebration.  Seven centenarians were honored during the lively program, which also featured a traditional lion dance and a Buddhist prayer ceremony. The event was held in Gouverner’s brand new ambulatory care pavilion.  Among the invited guests: City Comptroller John Liu and Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin. More photos after the jump.

More Photos From Chinese Lunar New Year

photo by Harvey Spears

Photographer Harvey Spears sent us these fantastic photographs from Chinatown this past Sunday, as the neighborhood celebrated Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit. More after the jump.

Good Morning!

Bring your rain gear with you this morning; showers will continue for the next few hours and then clear this afternoon with a high near 40℉. It will by gusty and cold this evening with a low of 14℉. Thanks to photographer Harvey Spears for sending along some more great shots from the Chinese Lunar New Year (and the photo above).  We’ll have more images to post later today. Also today, a profile of “industrial-engineer-turned-coffee-entrepreneur” Mike Caswell, who opened Roasting Plant coffee shop on Orchard in 2007.

More Photos from the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

Around five-thousand people marched through the streets of Chinatown yesterday in celebration of the Year of the Rabbit. It was a beautiful day for Manhattan’s Chinese Lunar New Year Parade. We walked with the lion dancers, marching bands and floats as they made their way down Mott Street. Lots of photos after the jump!

Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit in Chinatown

To kick off the Year of the Rabbit, there was a colorful (and loud!) celebration in Sara D. Roosevelt Park today. The Chinese Lunar New Year Firecracker Festival attracted a big crowd and a lot of local dignitaries. The Better Chinatown Society sponsored today’s event and is coordinating Sunday’s New Year parade through the streets of Chinatown. City Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Senator Daniel Squadron attended today’s celebration. Judy Rapfogel, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s chief of staff, presented organizers with a state proclamation.See more video and several photos after the jump.

Year of the Rabbit Festivities Begin Tomorrow

Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations kick off tomorrow. Here’s a look at some of the festivities planned in the neighborhood to mark the Year of the Rabbit:

  • The annual Lunar New Year Firecracker Festival will be held in Sara D. Roosevelt Park tomorrow from 11am-3:30pm. There will be a big stage set up in the park (between Grand and Hester streets), where cultural performances will take place. There will also be a dozen lion, dragon and unicorn dance troupes marching through the neighborhood, including Mott, the Bowery, East Broadway, Bayard, Elizabeth and Pell streets.
  • Friday beginning at 530pm, the Hester Street Collaborative is throwing a big party at their headquarters, 113 Hester Street. You’ll be able to view the 4th annual Lunar New Year Lantern Installation in SDR Park. Kids from M.S. 131, the Chinatown YMCA and Asian Americans for Equality created the lanterns.
  • At 11:30am on Sunday, it’s the spectacular Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. There will be elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances, musicians, magicians, acrobats and a procession by local organizations. Over 5,000 people are expected to march in the parade, which will start at Mott Street and pass through just about every street in of Chinatown, finally ending at Worth Street. The parade is expected to conclude at 3 pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place on Bayard Street featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.