Open City: Blogging Urban Change
Community Announcements
By Lena Sze


For the latest about meeting or program event dates, times, and agendas, please contact the sponsoring organization or community board directly.

CAAAV-CTU Lunar New Year Banquet

Want to eat a 10-course meal, enjoy music and dancing, as well as learn more about our work? Come to our banquet! Sunday, 2/13

Tickets are $30 each. If you are interested, you can buy your ticket by making a $30 donation here Please specify in the box marked “Designate your donation to a specific program or fund” that it is for “LNY 2011,” and then email that you’ve paid.


LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY Friday, February 4

5:30 pm  design activities for children in the HSC workshop

7:00 pm  drinks & hors d’oeuvres

113 Hester Street (between Eldridge & Forsyth)

Join us for a celebration of the New Year and view HSC’s 4th annual installation of Lunar New Year lanterns, created by local youth from M.S. 131, the Chinatown YMCA, and Asian Americans for Equality in nearby Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

The 12th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Sunday, February 6, 11:30am-4pm.  Location: Starts at Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Chinatown.

LES Heritage Film Series

This FREE series will offer documentary and feature films that were shot on location in lower Manhattan on both 16mm and DVD formats.

La Dolce festa (1977, 28 min., 16mm) – Directed by Kathleen Dowdy, a documentary on the traditions, preparation and rituals of the San Gennaro Festival in New York City’s Little Italy.

Year of the Rat (1963, 14 min., 16mm) – Director Jon Wing Lum portrays the excitement inherent in a Chinese New Year celebration in New York City.

El desfile (2003, 20 min., DVD) – Carlos Rentas’ documentary discusses the history of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City.

Tuesday, February 1st, 6:30pm @ Seward Park Library.

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan

Exhibit ends Jan 30
.  Murals by artists from all over the U.S. commemorate the thousands of civilian deaths and human cost of the Afghanistan war. In partnership with the American Friends Service Committee Afghan Civilian War Casualties Memorial Mural Project
.  Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College (Flushing).  65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Klapper Hall 405
Tel: (718) 997-4747.

The Next Wave on Lower Manhattan’s East River Waterfront

Celebrate the rich waterfront history and the new and revitalized attractions along the edge of Lower Manhattan. Sites include the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the recently-completed Peter Minuit Plaza, the Battery Maritime Building (the gateway to Governors Island), Pier 11/Wall St. Ferry Terminal, NYCEDC’s East River Waterfront Development Project, South Street Seaport, Peck Slip and more.
Sunday, January 30, 11:00 a.m.
Tour Leader: Carter Craft, civic activist and waterfront planner.
 Meet at: Top of the escalators at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, next to Battery Park. 
Cost of Tour: $15, $10 MAS members. Pay at tour.

Public Meeting, Manhattan Community Board 2

The New Whitney Museum Construction update to the community about on-going work at the Washington and Gansevoort site in anticipation of construction of the Museum’s new building in the Meatpacking District.  Wed 1/26 @ 6:30 PM at Westbeth, 55 Bethune Street, Community Room.

Affordable Housing Task Force Meeting

Manhattan Community Board 1 – Office, 49-51 Chambers Street, Room 709, Manhattan.  1/24/2011, 6:00 pm.

Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee, Manhattan Community Board 3 (Lower East Side)

Henry Street Settlement Youth Services Gymnasium, 301 Henry Street (btwn Gouverneur & Jackson Sts).  Facilitated discussion on program specifics (guidelines) for SPURA sites development.  Monday, January 24 at 6:30pm.

Lunar New Year Walking Tours

Sponsored by MOCA.  Tours begin at 1pm.
  Lunar New Year is the liveliest and most important celebration in Chinese culture and Chinatown is the place to experience it! MOCA’s walking tour takes visitors through Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households. Witness how the neighborhood transforms itself in preparation for the New Year and discover the characteristics that make this holiday unique.
$18/adult; $15/ student or senior (65+); $8 for MOCA members; Free for children under 5.  Location: Tours leave from the Museum lobby at 215 Centre Street (between Grand and Howard Sts), Jan 22-23, Jan 29-30, Feb 5.  Advance reservation REQUIRED.
  Email or call 212-619-4785.

ONE PRIZE, the Annual Design & Science Competition

This year, the theme of the international One Prize design and science competition is “Envision the Sixth Borough of New York City: Water.” Registration for the competition opened January 10 and closes April 30. Submission are due May 31; finalists announced July 15. On July 28, the award ceremony takes place and the exhibition opens. One Prize is a cash award of $10,000. There are three honorable mentions worth $1,500 each.

Finding Funds and Resources for Your Art, Seminar presented by Haowen Wang

This seminar provides a tailored overview for immigrant artists seeking to find grants as well as other resources to support their creative careers.  To RSVP, please go to:  Admission: Free.  Location: Art for Change Gallery, 1699 Lexington Ave, Basement South.  Thursday, February 17th, 6-8pm.

FREE ongoing introductory Tai Chi classes now being offered!

Location: 8710 Liberty Ave in Ozone Park.  Saturdays from 1pm – 2pm.  RVSP:

One Response to Community Announcements

  1. Susan Yung says:

    See my article, Socio-Economic Polarization in the Chinatown Community, written in A Gathering of the Tribes’s website:

    It’ll explain MOCA’s early development in the 70s and its effects in a working class community.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

About Open City
Open City: Blogging Urban Change is an interdisciplinary neighborhood blog and community project coordinated by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Five commissioned writers, called Organizing Fellows, are working with community organizations and neighborhood folks in Manhattan’s Chinatown/Lower East Side (LES), Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn to collect oral histories and interviews, offer commentary about gentrification, neighborhood change, and produce new creative work around these themes. Read more.
Search Open City:
Featured Profile
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities was formed in 1986 (formerly known as the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) as a response to an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes both in New York City and around the country (which included violence by police officers against Asians).
They have two offices – one in Manhattan’s Chinatown (which houses the Chinatown Tenants Union, and the new Asian Youth in Action organizing project) and the Youth Leadership Project office in the Bronx – and have members from all over the city. Over the years, CAAAV’s main campaigns have focused on community-based organizing work rooted in Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Although their advocacy and organizing work is focused mainly in Manhattan’s Chinatown and the northwest Bronx, CAAAV’s work also touches upon larger issues (such as affordable housing, war, and immigration) shaping communities all over the world: “Our work is primarily centered around issues facing New Yorkers, but always with a global analysis.”
CAAAV’s mission is to organize and build the power of working-class Asian immigrants, refugees, and youth to change concrete conditions and participate in a broader social justice movement. In the past, CAAAV’s work included organizing South Asian taxi drivers, Korean women workers, and Filipina domestic workers. Several of these organizing projects have gone on to become their own organizations, such as the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and Domestic Workers United. CAAAV’s current work focus on three different program areas: Read more.

See all Featured Profiles.
Community Announcements
Manhattan CB3 Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee
Monday, May 2 at 6:30 pm -- Rutgers Community Center, Gymnasium - 200 Madison Street (btwn Rutgers & Pike Sts)

Brooklyn CB7, Land Use/Landmarks Committee Regular meeting
Continued discussion on potential 8th Avenue rezoning

Manhattan CB3 Economic Development Committee Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm -- Community Board 3 Office - 59 East 4th Street (btwn 2nd Ave & Bowery)

Read more.

See all announcements.