Celebrate Chinese New Year in this colorful nabe.
Thu Jan 14 2010
Candy Shop USA
It’s true: You can celebrate the Lunar New Year and avoid Canal Street’s handbag hawking. Just travel to Flushing, Queens; the nabe has its own holiday parade (Sat Feb 20 at 11am) and related programming. From February 12 through March 28, Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd at Main St; 718-463-7700, flushingtownhall.org) hosts “Tigers in the House” (open Sat, Sun noon--5pm; $5 per person), an exhibit filled with wild-cat-inspired masks and crafts made by Chinese artists to honor the Year of the Tiger.
If you visit the showcase on Saturday February 27, pop by the local branch of the Queens Library (41-17 Main St between 41st Ave and Kissena Blvd; 718-661-1200, queenslibrary.org). From 10:30am to 2:30pm, children can try out Korean calligraphy, make paper flowers, listen to music played on Chinese string instruments and watch a Pan-Asian dance performance. All the library activities are free, leaving you with cash to spend on the best dumplings your tyke and his buddy have ever tasted. At Xie’s House (basement level of Golden Mall, 41-28 Main St at 41st Rd, booth 28 across from the Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle; 212-518-1952) you’ll get 12 boiled pork dumplings for three bucks. The great ambience almost trumps the meal: As the kids eat, they can watch chefs slice meat and roll dough. For dessert, stop at Candy Shop USA (38-03 Main St at 38th Ave, 718-886-8866) and let the tots pick out sweets like chocolate-filled vanilla cookies ($1.50 per box).—Blair Tidwell