Celebrating Chinatown’s People and Places in the Year of the Tiger

Photo: NYC & Company/Joe Buglewicz

Lunar New Year starts on February 1, 2022, marking the start of the Year of the Tiger. In communities across New York City, people are gathering (virtually and in-person) with family and loved ones to honor their ancestors and wish for luck, health, and prosperity in the new year.

With crowds bustling to buy new years ingredients and red lanterns strung up in streets and storefronts, New York’s Chinatowns in Manhattan; Flushing, Queens; and Sunset Park, Brooklyn are some of the liveliest places to experience Lunar New Year festivities and traditions. Check out Open House New York’s recommendations below to learn more about some of the people and places that define the diverse Asian diasporas in New York celebrating Lunar New Year.

After your virtual or in-person exploration of Chinatowns through the month of February, stay tuned in early March for an OHNY panel discussion with leaders from Chinatown’s business and arts communities as they reflect on post-COVID recovery, resilience, and reopening in Chinatown.

From all of us at Open House New York, we wish our neighbors and friends luck in the Year of the Tiger!



  • Listen to Think!Chinatown’s Landmarks, an audio exploration and photo journal of personal landmarks from Chinatown community members
  • Listen to the Brooklyn History Project and Museum of Chinese in America’s oral histories of Sunset Park residents who immigrated in the 1990’s to the stretch of 8th Avenue now known as Brooklyn’s Chinatown
  • Listen to the Queens Public Library’s Memories of Migration podcast series to hear stories of migration in the world’s borough


  • Get to know the Chinese diaspora of Chinatown through their experiences shopping for everyday kitchen ingredients with Think!Chinatown’s Chinatown Shopping video series
  • Learn the stories of Chinatown community members impacted by coronavirus in Grace Young’s video interview series for Poster House
  • Watch Chinese dance and music performances in the China Institute’s free Chinese New Year online variety show on February 8
  • Get a virtual taste of Chinatown’s Dim Sum Palace with chef Akiko Thurnauer and Wellington Chen, Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership/BID