From Chinatown, With Love

Celebrate Lunar New Year with W.O.W. Project!

January 14, 2023 at 12pm: 

Join us for a celebratory launch event for From Chinatown, With Love 2023, beginning at Abrons Arts Center’s Amphitheater and spanning across Manhattan’s Chinatown. After visiting each of the businesses, our procession will end in front of W.O.W.'s home at 26 Mott St, where community performers will help us ring in the new year. Starting Jan 14th, visit our participating businesses to take home your very own Lunar New Year goodies made by the W.O.W. team! Patrons who spend $25 or more will receive a one page calendar. Patrons who spend $45 or more will  receive a free, limited-edition charm and a calendar.

January 28, 2023 at 12pm:

Catch us at Abrons Arts Center for a free community workshop where participants of all ages are invited to create rabbit-themed headdresses and transform recycled materials into a large-scale community charm to bring good fortune and protection for the Year of the Water Rabbit.

RSVP for our free January 28th workshop here ↗

From Chinatown, With Love is an annual Lunar New Year collaborative project presented by The W.O.W. Project and Abrons Arts Center, conceived out of a desire to celebrate the integral role Chinatown small businesses have in our neighborhood economically, culturally, and creatively. Inspired by the ongoing Chinatown tradition of passing out Lunar New Year calendars, the first two years of this project culminated in artist-created wall calendars that depicted the stories of numerous local businesses. Calendars were then distributed to each of the businesses and given to patrons as part of a promotion, encouraging folks to meet and support the people behind some of Chinatown's staple storefronts. Learn more about our previous years of FCWL below!

In 2023, for the third rendition of From Chinatown, With Love, W.O.W. Project is working with five businesses: TLB Trading Co, EWA Trading Co, Spongies Cafe, Kopitiam, and Wen Wah. Over the course of four months, W.O.W.'s Creatives Rebuild New York artist cohort developed relationships with these business owners, learning about their shop histories, families, the challenges of running a store in a gentrifying neighborhood, and dreams for the new year. In lieu of a calendar, we decided to create 100 special new year's charms as an homage to the bright red tassels and decorations that can be seen all over Chinatown during this festive time of year. Inspired by the stories and offerings of our participating businesses, each charm is one-of-a-kind and features a hand-sewn pouch, sculpted ceramic beads, handmade knots, and an illustrated zine tucked inside.

All elements were thoughtfully created by W.O.W. community members and include found objects from the businesses, such as embroidered silk fabric from Wen Wah and impressions of ginseng roots from EWA. In addition to the charms, we have also designed a Year of the Rabbit one-page calendar to keep a piece of our calendar tradition alive. Starting January 14th, patrons who spend $25 or more will receive a one page calendar. Patrons who spend $45 or more will also receive a free, limited-edition charm and a calendar.

2023 Participating Businesses:

  • TLB Trading Co [153 E Broadway]
  • EWA Trading Co [80 Mulberry St]
  • Spongies Cafe [121 Baxter St]
  • Kopitiam [151 E Broadway]
  • Wen Wah [120 Mott St]
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From Chinatown, with Love 2022

Abrons Arts Center and the W.O.W. Project come together to celebrate the Year of the Water Tiger with the second edition of From Chinatown, With Love, a Lunar New Year calendar illustrated by Sarula Bao, Singha Hon, and Laura Lee. This 12-month calendar features bilingual comics depicting the daily rhythm of 12 beloved Chinatown businesses. Beginning on January 29, 2022, patrons who spend $25 or more at participating businesses will receive a free calendar (while supplies last).

為慶祝壬寅虎年,Abrons Arts Center與W.O.W Project攜手推出第二版 「來自中國 城,與愛同行」農歷新年日歷。由Sarula Bao、Singha Hon與Laura Lee創作的中英雙語插畫描繪 了12家深受大家喜愛的中國城企業的日常。

Featured Businesses 特色企业

  • Banh Mi Co Ut 越南面包 [83 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
  • B-Unit Beauty [13 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
  • Dashop Corp 浩達濤 [8 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013] 
  • Eliz Digital 梁氏冲印 [77 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
  • G&J Florist 新四時花鋪 [91 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013] @gjflorist 
  • Good Field Trading Co. 嘉禾公司 [74 Mott St, New York, NY 10013]
  • Ho Wan Bake Shoppe 好運咖啡屋 [146 Hester St A, New York, NY 10013]
  • KamWo Meridian Herbs 金禾中药店 [211 Grand St, New York, NY 10013] @kamwoherbs
  • Malaysia Beef Jerky 富記肉乾 [95A Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
  • New Bo Bo Bicycle 城市單車 [96 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
  • Sanrio-Bandai [13 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]
  • Snack Bar [13 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013]

Be sure to join us Saturday, January 15th at Abrons Arts Center for workshops led by Sarula Bao & Singha Hon as part of From Chinatown, With Love!

From Chinatown, with Love 2021

Abrons Arts Center, Wing on Wo’s the W.O.W. Project, and grassroots initiative Welcome to Chinatown has come together to celebrate the Year of the Ox with the launch of the first edition of a Lunar New Year Calendar. Designed by photographer Mischelle Moy, this 12-month photo calendar will feature products from 20 Chinatown businesses that evoke celebration of the new year and explore the deep meaning Manhattan’s Chinatown holds for so many in the Asian American community.  Building off of the free calendar giveaway tradition in the neighborhood, patrons who spend $20 or more at participating businesses will receive a free calendar. A limited run of calendars will also be on sale at Wing out Wo and Abrons Arts Center. A percentage of  proceeds from calendar sales will be donated to the Welcome to Chinatown’s Longevity Fund, its small business relief fund supporting Chinatown’s small businesses.

Abrons艺术中心、永安和W.O.W.Project和草根组织Welcome to Chinatown为庆祝2021年农历辛丑(牛)年,将共同推出2021年日历。该日历由摄影师Mischelle Moy设计,以介绍纽约中国城的小商户和他们的产品为主要特色。来自20家纽约中国城商家的作品将唤起大家庆祝农历新年的热情,并鼓励人们探索中国城对亚裔社区的深远意义。本次活动亦会延续社区免费赠送日历的传统,参与的商家将获赠45本日历,以供商家提供给在店内消费满20美元的顾客。此外,永安和和Abrons艺术中心r也将出售少量的日历。日历销售收入的一定比例将捐给Welcome To Chinatown设立的长久金。该基金是支持纽约中国城小企业的小企业救助基金。

Participating Businesses:

  • Bangkok Center Grocery [104 Mosco St.]
  • Bok Lei Trading [63 Mott St.]
  • Go Believe Bakery [239 Grand St.]
  • Golden Unicorn [18 E Broadway]
  • Grand Century Market Inc. [281 Grand St.]
  • Grand Tea Imports [298 Grand St.]
  • Hop Lee [16 Mott St.]
  • Jungs Dried Beef [58 Mulberry St.]
  • Kelly Hair Salon [19 Pell St.]
  • KK Discount [78 Mulberry St.]
  • Lucky King Bakery [280 Grand St.]
  • Manhattan Florist [87B Bayard St.]
  • Mott Optical [52 Mott St.]
  • New York Bo Ky [94 Baxter St.]
  • Oriental Culture Enterprises Co. Inc. (Eastern Bookstore) [13-17 Elizabeth St.]
  • Po Wing Hong [49 Elizabeth St.]
  • Ting’s [17 Pell St.]
  • Wing on Wo. & Co. [26 Mott St.]