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A Lunar New Year Celebration Comes to East Midtown!
On Saturday, February 6, the East Midtown Partnership joined with the Confucius Institute for Business at SUNY, the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, and the Chinatown Partnership to present "Madison Street to Madison Avenue," a historic event to bring the Lunar New Year celebration of Chinatown to the East Side and Upper East Side.
For four hours on that day, residents, visitors, and retailers were treated to lion dancers, a dragon, and special cultural performances, along with a number of family activities. We were plased to be joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, US Representative Carolyn Maloney, NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, and the Honorable Deputy Consul General Lei Cheng of the People's Republic of China for this event.
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From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, we celebrated with exciting programming on Madison Avenue from East 54th Street to East 77th Street. You can download the official program by clicking here.
Highlights of the day included:
- 11:00 AM, Madison Avenue at East 76th Street: We welcomed Lion Dancers and a Dragon, and witnessed the historic signing ceremony celebrating the partnership of the Madison Avenue BID with the Bund Association for Promotion of Commerce & Trade, Shanghai, China. Among the attendees were Emmy-winning TV personality and entrepreneur, Yue-Sai Kan (right), US Representative Carolyn Maloney, Deputy Consul General Lei Cheng of the People's Republic of China, and Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
- 11:15 AM–1:00 PM, Madison Avenue from East 76th Street to East 54th Street: We enjoyed the artistry of our Lion Dancers and Dragon as they performed, while participating retailers including Folli Follie, Links of London, Roger Dubois, IWC, The Walking Company, and dozens more hosted special in-store Lunar New Year programming
- 12:00–3:00 PM, the Harman store and 527 Madison Avenue (at East 54th Street): We hosted a variety of indoor and outdoor Lunar New Year-themed family entertainment and musical performances. Including calligraphy demonstrations, face-painting by Silly Cheeks, and a Lunar New Year Photo Booth. We also welcomes performances by FJ Music Fusion, the New York Eastern Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dr. Fei Fang, Les Ballets de 'Opera Chinois de New York, and traditional Chinese face-changing by Peng Li
- 1:00 PM, Madison Avenue at East 54th Street: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and program participants will make remarks
Madison Street to Madison Avenue was co-produced through a unique collaboration between the East Midtown Partnership, Confucius Institute for Business at the SUNY Global Center (116 East 55th Street), Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, and Chinatown Partnership. It was presented with the generous support of Harman, Harper's BAZAAR China, and Vornado Realty Trust.