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5 Ways To Celebrate The Lunar New Year In NYC

By Justine Golata

5 Ways To Celebrate The Lunar New Year In NYC

Join in the endless festivities from ice sculptures, food crawls, to traditional dances!

Today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year and with that the Year of the Ox. Though the typical parades and festivals won’t be in-person this year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the special holiday across NYC!

1. Lunar Ice at Brookfield Place

Facebook/ Brookfield Place

Visit Brookfield Place this weekend and check out their incredible, illuminated ice sculpture celebrating the Lunar New Year. The sculpture was done by NYC artist, Okamoto Studios, and is 5-7 ft tall and 4-12 ft long on the Waterfront Plaza. Hours run from Friday 3:00 – 8:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Brookfield Place will additionally put on performances in partnership with New York Chinese Cultural Center (February 19 – March 14). You can even win BFLP gift cards through their Lucky Red Envelope when you shop BFPL stores (February 12 – 19).

Where: Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street)

2. The Lunar New Year Crawl by Send Chinatown Love

Facebook/ Send Chinatown Love

To celebrate this year, Send Chinatown Love is doing a Lunar New Year Food Crawl! It began February 1st and will carry throughout the end of the month across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. The crawl will help “support Asian-owned small businesses that have suffered due to the rise of anti-Asian sentiment,” shared their Instagram. Collect passport stamps from your orders and enter for a chance to win one of their giveaway baskets worth over a $200 value!

Where: Across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

3. Dinner & Lion Dancing at Chelsea Market

Kimbap Lab (left) / Chelsea Market (right) 

Have an incredible sensory experience this Saturday while dining from Pearl River Mart Foods and Very Fresh Noodles featured vendors, Mao’s Bao, Kimbap Lab, and Tea & Milk offerings and watching a traditional lion dance by the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute Dragon and Lion Dance Team. The team will stop by each table and spread cheer and good luck for the new year. Table times are at 12pm and 2:30pm. Purchase your tickets here and get a unique New Year gift from Pearl River Mart.

Where: Chelsea Market on 15th and 16th Streets (between 9th and 10th Ave)

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4. Eat Multi-Colored Soup Dumplings from Nan Xiang Xiao

Facebook / Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao—named after the Nan Xiang County of Shanghai, China where “soup dumplings” (or xiao long bao) originated is long known for their incredible soup dumplings (they’ve been selected as Michelin-recommended Shanghainese food for nine consecutive years) like these pretty, pastel-colored soup dumplings! They are called the steamed “Lucky Six Soup Dumplings.” The flavors include the signature (pork), crab meat and pork, black truffle, Chinese squash, Chicken, and Foie Gras (seasonal special) according to their Facebook page.

Where: 3916 Prince St. #104 (One Fulton Square), Flushing, NY

5. Join Flushing Town Hall’s Virtual Lunar New Year Chinese Temple Bazaar

Facebook/ Flushing Town Hall

On Sunday, February 14th, Flushing Town Hall will put on a virtual celebration of the new year starting at 2pm on their Youtube channel. Watch traditional folk dances by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, a paper-cutting demonstration by Hongyi He and Ling Tang, “A Guide of New York Love”, by Shuimu Xiangsheng, a Chinese comic crosstalk episode, a fish-drawing demonstration by Arthur Liu of the Queens Arts Center, and a new Chinese hand puppet performance by Chinese Theatre Works.

Where: Flushing Town Hall Youtube channel

Make the most of the festivities and try them all!

featured image source: Brookfield Place

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