But since this blog is also about the city, I also want to share some of the doings about my city, New York. I recently took a walk in Chinatown in Manhattan and snapped a few pics. I loved Chinatown growing up. I remember my dad taking me there when I was a kid. I remember back in the day buying illegal fireworks there around July 4th with my older friend Jimmy so that we could put on a show for the neighborhood folks, while nearly blowing it up in the process. The neighborhood has become a bit gentrified like all Manhattan neighborhoods, but it still retains most of its essential character.
I'm not sure if this is Confucius, arguable China's greatest and most well known philosopher, or someone else. This park used to be the site of Collect Pond, which was New York's water supply in the days when New York was a small town. See here.
I love all the narrow streets and alleys.
Doyers street. Once Chinatown's infamous murder alley. See here.
The almost complete Freedom Tower (officially 1 WTC).
Mott street. Often called "Chinatown's Main street."
Right next to Chinatown is Little Italy, but it's been mostly swallowed up by Chinatown. What remains are a bunch of Italian restaurants mixed in with newer trendy boutiques. It's a very different neighborhood than it was a few decades ago.
A scene all too typical.
Hope you enjoyed!