For two weeks, starting on January 25, you can head to Manhattan’s Chinatown for the Firecracker Ceremony and later, on February 9th, the Chinese New Year Parade.
During the Firecracker Celebration the streets get covered in confetti, people dress in red and gold with beautifully painted faces or masks, and the sounds of drums and bells and huge dragons are everywhere. This is what Chinese New Year looks like in New York. The celebration of this holiday is both visually and atmospherically impressive. The street parties with vendors selling great Chinese food, different performances, music, firecrackers, and entertainment for all ages last for almost two weeks.
the sparkly explosives are set off to ward off bad spirits for 2020.
Here are some highlights.
The Chinese New Year Parade and Festival takes place on a different day than the Firecracker Festival. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, February 9th. The spectacle includes musicians, lion and dragon dances, stunning outfits, acrobats and martial art performers. More than 5,000 people participate in the parade. Celebrate the Year of the Rat. [The Chinese zodiac begins a new 12-year cycle in early 2020 with the Year of the Rat. According to lore, the rat (as a zodiac animal personality, that is) is associated with wealth, cleverness and likability. Those all sound pretty good.]
The New Year Parade
Helpful hints For prime photo and viewing opportunities, get as close to the barricades as you can. Once the crowd forms the lines will be several people deep and movement will be restricted along the path. So find a good spot and stick to it! Remember that spectators count in the thousands, with travelers even coming from outside the city to enjoy the festivities.
You will be outside for the duration of the parade, which lasts for several hours and occurs rain or shine. Even in milder temperatures, being exposed to wind and rain over a prolonged period can be harsh. Avoid bulky bags, which might be searched. And keep your hands free so you can take great pics and set off those fun confetti cannons! Note; Public bathrooms are rare in this area. I would suggest that you do not load up on liquids before the parade. Columbus Park (mulberry Street) is open but not always the cleanest. If you go into an eating place ask if they have bathrooms for customers before ordering.
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In Chinatown is that many things are looking at you.
What to eat
Traditional holiday foods include dumplings, long noodles, peanuts and dim sum to name a few. You’ll find plenty of places along the main Chinatown strips serving up menus filled with New Year’s delicacies.
Also, You can find fresh fish to take home at a very reasonable price.
Many interesting moments when you are just wandering.
Vendor at lunch
Taking a Break
Young women mix of the traditional and the modern.
Recently, I was making my way down 6th Avenue from Central Park. I decided to go towards 5th Avenue on 57th Street. I have been on this street many times and it’s where I first discovered 6 1/2Avenue. Today, I found another pedestrian way that is open and full of surprises. Just a block away at west 40. It simply brings pedestrians from one street to another.
It is fully covered, yet door-less and brightly lit with welcoming, whimsical, sculptures lining the walls by the likes of Tom Otterness, Fernando Botero, Manolo Valdes, Jacques Lipchitz to name just a few.
Today sculptures by Tom Otterness formed a very inviting path.
(Everyone I know loves Tom Otterness’ “Life Underground,” the Fraggle Rock Doozer-like small bronze characters inhabiting the 8th Avenue L train station.)
The pedestrian walk is part of the Marlborough Gallery, located at 40 w57th.
Note: This location is on the edge of Midtown but is a short walk from Columbus Circle, Carnegie Hall and MOMA (Lower floor galley is free). Also, from Lincoln Center, you can walk down Broadway and pass near here and 6 ½ Avenue. You could then continue towards Rockefeller Center.
Located right in the heart of Lower Manhattan steps from the Statue of Liberty Ferry, Wall Street and close to other historic sites
The National Museum of the American Indian
This is one building you cannot miss! One Bowling Green facing Broadway and Trinity Streets. Just a stones throw from the famous “Wall Street Bull”. And, only a short walk from Castle Clinton and the Statue of Liberty boat entrance.
The U.S. Custom House is a seven-story structure on the south side of Bowling Green.
It has a grand set of stairs facing Bowling Green.
New since I originally wrote this the Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures has been added to the first floor. This a rotating exhibition which, on my visit, was showing the following:
On the seconfd floor is the Rotunda, As you enter the interior feels immense but is very simply laid out. There are exhibition located in adjacent galleries.
Art work around dome of rotunda
Skylight over rotunda
Around the rotunda there are galleries house that permanent exhibition and special exhibits
Masterworks from Native cultures highlight the permanent collection.
The collection of art and artifacts are from a variety of tribes spanning hundreds of years. The individual items selected for showing are outstanding. However, I did not get a sense of history as everything is organized geographically rather than chronologically. While the exhibits are excellent, they seem a little lost in such a large building.
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As I said earlier, I enjoyed the individual artifacts and was glad that I went inside this majestic building.
Usually, my blogs are mostly NYC but I ventured south and found this roadside attraction.
I watch the TV show American Pickers, where they find all these neat items throughout the states. I am fascinated by the objects as well as the price paid for them. It makes me think about all the stuff I should have saved, How about you?
This week I was traveling through Virginia along route 301 and flew by the following (see photo)
There are so many unique items to look at and to investigate.
What would America be without gas stations?
just around the corner
Dont forget, “Miss Piggy, Santa Clause, and a “pig”
Coca-cola is always popular
And all these assorted items:
Does anyone remeber this ?
This is just part of what was inside, If you are a collector then you would just love this place. Plenty of signs, automobile stuff, clocks, and much more fill this place to the walls. This is located in Port Royal VA and I was told that they have another on Rte 301 in Maryland.
In1893, a Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Association was formed. It proposed a triumphal arch at Grand Army Plaza, at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, however, after opposition it was erected on Riverside Drive. President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the monument in December of 1900. For years the monument was the terminus of New York City’s Memorial Day Parade. This massive circular temple-like monument located along Riverside Drive at 89th Street commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War.
Over the years of writing this blog, I have uncovered many interesting items and pieces of art at Sotheby’s Auction House. I realize that I often visit Southeby’s as it is closer to my apartment. I have done this to the neglect of other excellent auction house but starting with today’s blog will attempt to broaden my horizons.
Several people have asked me if there were any places nearer the tourist areas (5th Avenue). They opined that when coming into the city for only a day, the location of Sotheby’s was too far to get to
Note: Visiting these auctions is a good way to look at expensive articles that not usually available to us outside of a museum. And the viewing if free! Don’t be intimidated by security in dark suits, just walk in the door and ask if any galleries are open… simple as that!
Here are two that are right in the thick of the tourist
area. If you have others, let me know and I will plan a visit to them.
Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza, West Entrance is located at 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm we are often open for weekend views, although the hours vary by sale. For specific viewing hours and other business matters, please contact Client Services at +1 212 636 2000
Bonhams – 580 Madison Ave (corner of 57th Street)
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm Preview days: 12.00pm – 5.00pm (please check as they are subject to change)