Celebrating the Chinese New Year in NYC

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New York City is filled to the brim with fantastic cultural events, and with the Chinese New Year approaching on Friday, February 16th, there are plenty of activities taking place next to Glenwood buildings to check out. This year brings in The Year of the Dog, and no matter which Glenwood neighborhood you live in, there’s something for you to engage in! We’ve broken up the events by neighborhood below, with the final hooraw being the Annual Manhattan Lunar New Year Parade and Festival at the end of the month. Thank goodness for yellow taxis, Ubers, and the best subway system on earth, right!?

Authentic and traditional Chinese food.

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If You Live on the Westside

New York City kiddos should be particularly pumped up about this holiday as it scores them a day off of school! Take advantage of this by including them in the Chinese New Year celebrations, perhaps by venturing over to the Upper West Side’s museum, The New York Historical Society.

On Friday, February 16th, they will be hosting a special “Little New Yorkers Celebrate Lunar New Year” event, including a reading of the children’s book “A Different Pond” by Bao Phi, as well as several options for a holiday themed craft. The event goes from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm, and is appropriate for little New Yorkers aged three to five. The event is included with regular museum entrance.

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For Residents of the Upper East Side

Upper East Siders in Glenwood’s The Fairmont and Hampton Court can head to their local museum, the Asia Society, to take part in the event “Moon Over Manhattan! Celebrate Lunar New Year”. The event will feature a variety of fun events perfect for varying age levels, such as kung fu demonstrations, dances, musical performances, Chinese theater, mask making, puppet making, and many other fun crafty events. The event is from 1 pm to 5 pm, and you can stop by anytime between those hours to get in on the festivities. The event is priced at $5 for children, students, and seniors, $7 for adults who are members, and $12 for adults who are non-members.

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For Our Neighbors Downtown

Glenwood residents living in Downtown Manhattan’s Barclay Tower will delight in celebrating Chinese New Year at Brookfield Place, with their event “Lunar New Year: Year of the Dog Celebration”.

Presented in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, this event will include traditional Chinese dance and music, martial arts, and a parade. It begins at 2pm and is free! (Bonus points for also having a few on-site Asian food options at their food court – from ramen to sushi, you’ll have your pick!)

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No Matter Which Neighborhood You Live In

Downtowners have the added benefit of being within walking distance to the main Chinese New Year event: the 19th Annual Manhattan Lunar New Year Parade and Festival. Happening in Chinatown on Sunday, February 25th, this is the popular parade which attracts half a million spectators! The vibrant parade includes Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Taiwanese, Malaysian, and Japanese floats and cultural performances. The event starts at 1 pm, but since it attracts so many people, plan to arrive on the very early side to snag a good spot. While it’s technically open to people of any age group, it should be noted that due to the large crowds and noise levels, it might be best to leave the very young and very old at home for this one. The parade is free, and even if you don’t live Downtown, use our taxi guide to score a ride there and back in style!

Finally, if you are looking to celebrate the Chinese New Year through your stomach, check out one of these five Chinese restaurants we’ve previously reviewed and loved.  

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