Chinatown kicks out the jams for post-Sandy relief

Photos by Sam Spokony

 

Thousands flocked to Chinatown on Saturday to the post-Sandy revival street fair organized jointly by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York. As other organizations like the Chinatown Partnership and Chinatown BID are busy planning their own major relief event to establish a grant fund for small businesses, Saturday’s street fair took the initial steps of drawing the much-needed foot traffic that will help spark economic growth before more cash comes in. Guitarist Patrick Moloney and bassist Jack Koch and pop-rock band Paper Doll got the crowd dancing outside the Confucius Plaza housing complex at Canal St. and Bowery. Passersby picked up tea and snacks outside Vivi Bubble Tea at 49 Bayard St. After the sun set, drummers performed traditional Chinese music on Mott St. between Bayard and Canal Sts., and dancers performed in colorful, elaborate dragon costumes.

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