Vintage Photograph of Chinese New Year Celebrations in Manhattan's Chinatown, 1966

Jan. 22, 1966: Chinese New Year celebrations in Manhattan, which was the Year of the Horse. At a hotel, the Roosevelt Raceway recognized the event with an award created for the occasion, which was given to racer Dick Thomas. “A porcelain horse, reputed to be from the collection of Mott and Pell, was presented to Thomas, who was prevailed upon to say, ‘Gung hay fat choy.’ What did he say? Happy New Year!” reported The Times. “For those twin-double horse fans, who seek omens in almost everything, the year — for the Chinese — is 4,664.”
Jan. 22, 1966: Chinese New Year celebrations in Manhattan, which was the Year of the Horse. At a hotel, the Roosevelt Raceway recognized the event with an award created for the occasion, which was given to racer Dick Thomas. “A porcelain horse, reputed to be from the collection of Mott and Pell, was presented to Thomas, who was prevailed upon to say, ‘Gung hay fat choy.’ What did he say? Happy New Year!” reported The Times. “For those twin-double horse fans, who seek omens in almost everything, the year — for the Chinese — is 4,664.”
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Today's posting features a shot from January 22nd, 1966 showing a man in an elaborate dragon mask partaking in Chinese New Year celebrations in Manhattan's Chinatown.

Jan. 22, 1966: Chinese New Year celebrations in Manhattan, which was the Year of the Horse. At a hotel, the Roosevelt Raceway recognized the event with an award created for the occasion, which was given to racer Dick Thomas. “A porcelain horse, reputed to be from the collection of Mott and Pell, was presented to Thomas, who was prevailed upon to say, ‘Gung hay fat choy.’ What did he say? Happy New Year!” reported The Times. “For those twin-double horse fans, who seek omens in almost everything, the year — for the Chinese — is 4,664.”

The original article from 1966 has more.

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