No, we are not talking about Apple product followers or any other mindless thing we do because everyone else does (yes, we are included in that group), we are talking about Chinese New Year! While we’re not Chinese, we are New Yorkers and love immersing ourselves in culture (and Chinese food) so we’re stoked!

It’s always a treat to visit Chinatown. Whether it’s for the knockoff products on Canal Street, buying live turtles off the street or chowing down Wo Hop after a night of drinking, it always seems like an adventure. Well, ante up! Chinese New Year is here and the neighborhood is better than ever! Aside from the main attraction which is the Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, which begins at Canal and Mott Streets at 1 p.m. on Sunday, there are plenty of places to check out, explore and most importantly eat!

We should also mention for you Queens folk that the neighborhood will also be celebrating. We’d like to point out that the Flushing branch of the Queens Library, where there will be a free concert with different forms of Chinese opera.

Again, it’s the year of the sheep! What that means according to Chinese astrology, people born under the sign (if you’re turning a multiple of 12 in the next year) love creativity so let’s have an extra imaginative and innovative next twelve months!

It doesn’t take much to get us to celebrate so when you throw Chinese food in the mix with lion and dragon dances, costumes, floats and multicolored confetti, we’re already there!