This was a welcome and wonderful decision by Mayor Bill de Blasio, and sends a message of inclusivity in a city that has historically attracted and embraced cultures from across the globe. This recognition speaks to the growing strength and presence of our city’s Asian communities that celebrate this most important holiday.
On behalf of the Flushing Council, I thank the mayor and his administration, as well as our elected officials that have led efforts to designate this holiday, including council members Peter Koo and Margaret Chin, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman Ron Kim, and State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky.
At Flushing Town Hall, we traditionally have marked the Lunar New Year with more than a month of activities for the young and old. This past year held nearly a dozen performances and events, including the first-ever - and incredibly popular - Lunar New Year Bazaar.
Our hope is that, as Chancellor Carmen Fariña noted at last week’s announcement, this public school holiday will serve as a teachable moment, and Flushing Town Hall will gladly continue its tradition of serving as a venue to capture and celebrate that moment and many more.
Executive and Artistic Director
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts