MAJOR MILESTONE: About 700 members of New York’s garment industry turned out in Chinatown Thursday night to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Greater Blouse, Skirt & Undergarment Association, a contractors’ group. Many of the association members present at the event reflected on the difficulties Chinatown has faced in recent years, from the terror of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to a recent downturn in tourist traffic out of misplaced concern over SARS.

“The Greater Blouse Association has overcome numerous obstacles and still stands on strong footing,” said Bobby Cheung, president of the group, which has 150 members employing about 11,000 city garment workers.

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