Lunar New Year Events at The Market Line

By 1/17/2023 12:37:00 PM

Essex Crossing’s The Market Line, the underground market of the Lower East Side, has plenty of ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Lunar New Year Events at Essex Crossing’s The Market Line

Lunar New Year @ The Market Line

Saturday, 1/21, 4-7 PM
Lunar New Year Art Opening with Live Painting from Helen So
Lion Dance Performance from New York Choy Lay Fut
Red Lantern Kids Crafts

Sunday, 1/22, 1-4 PM
Green Tile Social Club Mahjong meetup

Sundays @ 4 PM
1/22 - Mulan
1/29 - Raya and the Last Dragon
2/5 - Abominable

Lunar New Year Activities

Lunar New Year festivities kick off with the unveiling of a new art installation from artist Helen So on Saturday, January 21st. Helen So a.k.a “the Bad Art Teacher” is from Hong Kong. Specializing in illustration and acrylics and sometimes dabbling in mixed media, So’s mission is to bring joy to all of her art.

Swing through between 4 and 7 PM as the artist will be live painting a new installation to ring in the New Year.

New York Choy Lay Fut, a community-based group based in Manhattan’s Chinatown will also be performing Lion Dances starting around 5:30 PM on Saturday. Founded in 1968, the club served as a safe harbor for the youth of Chinatown while carrying out the club's mission of carrying along the kung fu style of Choy Lay Fut.

For the kids, The Market Line will also be hosting a special red lantern-making craft table on Saturday in the central community seating area across from Kuro-Obi and Slice Joint.

Lastly, every Sunday during Lunar New Year starting at 4 PM, The Market Line will be showing free movies for the whole family on the screens by Taqueria Nixtamal.

New Year Food & Drinks

Beginning Friday, January 13th, Rebecca’s Cake Pops will have Lunar New Year-themed cake pops along with the rest of Rebecca’s adorable creations. Best Damn Cookies, in collaboration with Justin Wong, a.k.a. The Hungry Artist will also be debuting their first-ever Taiwanese QQ cookies.

And, if you missed it over the Christmas holiday, Salon Sucre will be serving their Galette des Rois (Three King's Cake) through the end of the month.

At Grand Delancey, in addition to their Lunar New Year-themed drinks throughout the month, those celebrating Dry January are invited to stop by on January 20th for an evening of no or low-ABV beer, wine, and cocktails.

For those skipping Dry January or wanting to end the month with a bang, Fyden’s Brewing, a small-batch Albany-based brewery known for hazy IPAs, will also be doing a Tap Takeover on January 28th.

New Shops & Activities

Smith & Parka Atelier is now open across from Essex Pearl Wednesday through Sunday. Founded in 2014 as a conceptual design studio, Smith + Parka has evolved from a passion project to a lifestyle brand and after a year of success with the original Solo Sling, all designs are now produced in The Market Line. All products are handmade by designer David Lee and are inspired by arts, travel, and an active lifestyle.

Catalyst Records, the Lower East Side’s new source for vinyl records and vintage clothing located beneath the stairs at the Market Line’s 115 Delancey Street entrance, is now open as well. Founded by Mattley Mountain and Gary Guarinello, who frequent market visitors may know as the butcher from End’s Meat, Catalyst is open seven days a week, with plans to begin hosting live performances this Spring.

On Sunday, January 22nd, the Green Tile Social Club will be hosting their monthly mahjong meetup from 1–4 PM. All levels of play are welcome—teaching, intermediate, and expert tables will be available for anyone who wants to join the club.

Come by throughout the month for the performances, meet-ups, and fun, grab a bite from one of many vendors serving Lunar New Year specials, and don’t forget to stop by Rebecca’s Cake Pops, Best Damn Cookies, or South East to pick up themed treats to-go to make Lunar New Year gifting extra special.

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