Weekend Walk in Chinatown
June 28, 2014
The Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID) will be hosting the second of three Weekend Walk events this summer, on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 11am to 4pm, along Mott Street, between Canal to Worth Streets, in Manhattan. Free and open to the general public, attendees of all ages can enjoy entertainment, carnival games, face painting, paper cutting, giant Chinese & western chess, as well as purchase food and gifts from a variety of restaurants and shops.
This month’s Weekend Walk activities feature an exciting knockout-boom combination in the form of an Olympic medalist and exciting BOOM! Popping demonstration. Mr. Zhang Zhilei, a professional boxer for Dynasty Boxing and 2008 silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be doing an open boxing workout and signing autographs for fans. Courtesy of the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), attendees will get to see and hear, up close and personal, Boom!, the Museum’s 3,200 pound cereal puffing gun exhibit, which will be debuted for the first time in Chinatown. Plus any visitor that goes to a merchant (in BID service area) on Saturday and comes back with a receipt, their Weekend Walk calligrapher will write their names in Chinese free-of-charge. For those feeling fit, this weekend, come and scale their first ever 30 ft Rock climbing wall (Also a historic first, courtesy of the NYPD).
Each year, the New York City Department of Transportation partners with community groups to present Weekend Walks – neighborhood events on multi-block stretches of commercial streets temporarily closed to vehicles and opened to walking and other activities. These multi-day events take place in all five boroughs from May through October. Local merchants’ associations, community groups, and business improvement districts host Weekend Walks as a fun way to highlight local businesses and cultural institutions. They create wonderful opportunities for New Yorkers to gather, see their neighborhoods in a new way, and relax on weekends.In addition to meeting Mr. Zhang Zhilei and witnessing the explosive power of Boom! On June 28, attendees can also learn about different organizations at their community booth area including Cantonese Society, Chinese Progressive Association, Transfiguration School, NY Chinese Cultural Center, Museum of Chinese in America, and H.T. Dance Co.
The third Weekend Walk of the summer season is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2014.