Chinese new year in New York

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Sunset Park

Sunset Park

I didn’t know there were three Chinatowns in New York thinking that the Manhattan one was the only area to fly the flag of Chinese life.

But as part of New York’s continuing promotion of its local neighbourhoods in its Neighborhood x Neighborhood spotlight, all three are highlighted as Chinese new year approaches.

The city’s marketing arm, NYC & Company, says that the city has the largest Chinese population in the United States, and the three Chinatowns give visitors the opportunity to experience Asian culture and celebrate the Lunar New Year in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

The Flushing Lunar New Year Parade and Festival Celebration takes place in Queens at 11am on 21st February. Festivities include a parade, music, fireworks and dancers.  Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year Parade starts at 1pm on the 22nd of February and features vendors, food and festivities in Manhattan. In Brooklyn the celebrations seem to concentrate on food and he main different types of Chinese cuisine that you can find there. You could, for example, head to Nom Wah Tea Parlor , New York city’s  oldest dim sum parlour.

Other reminders of the considerable Chinese influence on New York can be seen at the Museum of Chinese in America in Manhattan which tells the story of Chinese-Americans in the United States.

If you visit the China town area of Brooklyn, then Sunset Park has more attractions than just the Cines restaurants and supermarkets.  For a start, from the East River, there is a good view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.  There is also the Brooklyn Army Terminal, a complex used as a supply base from WWI to the Vietnam War and Industry City, a recently renovated manufacturing centre, is home to a distillery, food hall and events throughout the year.

As part of the campaign, Sunset Park is highlighted in a documentary featuring locals who share an insider’s guide to the neighbourhood, with a focus on its distinctive shops, restaurants, attractions and history which you can see by clicking here.




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