Episode 1
Manhattan’s Chinatown

Mickela kicks off her New York series in one of the oldest & most iconic neighborhoods in NYC, Manhattan’s Chinatown, during the festive time of Chinese Lunar New Year!


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Columbus Park in Chinatown
67 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
Considered to be, “the most active park in all of NYC”, Columbus Park offers Tai Chi classes every morning around 7:30 am and Kung Fu in the Park.

Eastern States Buddhist Temple
64 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
One of the oldest  Buddhist temples in New York City’s Chinatown.  It is a silent and relaxing haven for peace and reflection in the middle of the bustling city.

Cha Chan Tang Restaurant
45 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
A cash-only restaurant that puts a Hong Kong-style spin on the standard American Diner experience.

Marco Polo Parade
The Marco Polo Festival Procession takes place every year throughout the streets of Chinatown and Little Italy.  The parade celebrates traditional Chinese and Italian culture and features large-scale Marco Polo and Kublai Khan marionettes!

New York Mart on Mott Street
128 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
Chinatown’s New York Mart is a large and impressive supermarket with a wide range of Chinese and Asian goods.

The Mencius Society
243 Grand Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10002
Mencius Society for the Arts (MSA) is a non-profit organization that is committed to the preservation of folk and oral traditions.  The society was founded in 2003, inspired by Chinese philosopher, Mengzi, and the importance he placed in the notion of personal cultivation and social construct.

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
The Museum of Chinese in America was founded in 1980 with the principal goal of making Chinese American History accessible to the general public.  Since then, it has been dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, culture, and experiences of Chinese Americans.

Chinese Freemasons Lion Dance & Drumming
The New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club is a non-for-profit recreation center that was founded in 1956.  The center was started to provide a safe environment for the community’s youth where they could learn and develop their Chinese heritage.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration
Each February, the people of Chinatown take to the streets to ring in the Chinese Lunar New Year. The celebration includes a parade and festival with food, music, and lots of dance!



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