Chinese New Year in New York

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Well, this was our last full day in New York. I had arranged with a friend I went to High School with who was out in the USA studying at Princeton that we'd try to meet up while we were out in February. So we set the time and the place for 10am at the entrance to the Empire State Building.

After another breakfast at Rosen's, Mark and I moseyed down 5th, stopping for a Krispy Kreme donut (yummmmmmy!!) and a coffee on the way, and met Susannah at the ESB. We walked way downtown through the East Village, had another coffee in a funky little Mexican place she knew near where some of her university chums stay, avoided buying another pair of UGG boots (having bought a pair on our first day at SAKS Fifth Avenue,  because the boots I had with me were leaking after 2 hours), stopped at Madison Square Park, beside the Flat Iron Building, and eventually made it to Chinatown.

Mark & Me at the Glasgow Statue in
We found our way there through Susannah's good sense of direction and following the sound of beating drums from the various processions that were going on.

Well, the new lunar year is celebrated BIG STYLE by the Chinese, and this was the year of the Pig that was about to start, so there were pudgy little porkers decorating shops and windows, and auspicious dragons processed up and down the street, dancing in front of shops to bring them luck during the coming year. Shops and stalls were selling enormous streamer cannons for $5 each, so we bought a few and let rip, although my lack of co-ordination meant I struggled to twist a tube and push a button at the same time, so Mark shot the first one, and I managed the next, which just had a button! They made an almighty cracking noise, firing streamers and lucky red parachutes into the air.

The red parachute brings good luck to the person who catches it
People scrabbled to catch them, in a bid to catch luck for the new year.

We had decided to try to get lunch in Chinatown, but many placed were queued out. We put our name down at Saigon Cuisine on Bayard Street, in Chinatown. We eventually got a table at the back of the restaurant, ordered WAY too much food, ate plenty but not enough, which meant we sent Susannah back to Princeton with bags of leftovers, and had a good chat and catch up, as it's been quite some time since I last saw SuBe: I bade her farewell in Glasgow last June before she left for the Yankees.

Mark and I made our way back to the hotel, having been out since about 9am. Mark opted for a snooze and I left the hotel around 4pm, walker up Lexington to Bloomingdales, made a  few more purchases at Dylan's and bought a lovely shirt in Bloomies.

Not sure what this means or is for, but I liked it!
I tell you, shopping's much easier when you're not trailing people after you!
I took the subway back to the Doubletree, because I knew we were heading out for dinner soon, had to wake up my parents and Mark, and get ready pretty damn quick!

Our last dinner in New York was at the Revolving Restaurant at the Marriott on Times Square. The food was very nouvelle cuisine, but we had a lovely meal, and it was a nice way to round off our last day.

The next problem was going to be fitting all our purchases into our cases by the time we left the next afternoon!

AndiPerullo says:
This was a fantastic blog entry (should be featured). The Chinese New Year's celebration in Chinatown should NOT be missed. XIN NIAN KUAI LE!!!
Posted on: Oct 22, 2007
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