Little Italy and Chinatown


All of the information I’ve read about New York City or heard from others recommended taking a stroll through the areas known as Little Italy and Chinatown, so for my second day in the City, I included this in the itinerary!  I had good weather Karma with me…the sky was blue and the temperature in the 60’s.  If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember I started my day with a view of the almost completed One World Trade Center.  You can read about it here.

When I first saw Little Italy, I thought it was very colorful and there were workers in front of their respective restaurants trying to tempt passerby’s with their menus.

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Luckily, I turned around and saw this amazing street art on one of the buildings!  Is it a miniature “Hulk”?

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I decided to have a bite to eat at Caffe Palermo because there were mostly Italian and/or local looking people dining there.  I had a prosciutto and sun-dried tomato Panini that was very good and reasonably priced…less than $14 including tip!  I wish I had tried one of their famous Cannolis!

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The entire time I was in New York, I would ask people where things were, or how to get somewhere and everyone was so helpful and friendly!  I made my way over to Chinatown…

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I felt like I was back in Southeast Asia…

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I asked a couple of men how to get to the closest subway…so on my way this is what I saw.  A beautiful building…

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A clothing shop with old sewing machines in the storefront.  I went in to capture this shot…

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Along one wall they had this cool art…

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I arrived to the subway platform.  Recently I read part of a book called “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman.  The underground subways reminded me of the urban fantasy-land that was portrayed in his book.  The book didn’t keep my attention, so I moved on to one called “Life of Pi”, which I really enjoyed and am now reading “The Secret Life of Bees“.

A couple of months ago I joined Goodreads which is a free website for book lovers.  It’s like a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves and reviews, to help you decide what you’d like to read.  You can also keep track of what you’ve read.  I love it!  Since joining, I’ve read…Wild: From Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed; The Giver by Lois Lowry; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg; Born to Run by Christopher McDougall; and Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford.  Most of these books I checked out for free through my library and they were delivered via wireless transfer to my Kindle.  I think technology is amazing!

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Next stop…Rockefeller Center!

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29 thoughts on “Little Italy and Chinatown

  1. I think wioth Neverwhee ity helps to have a bit of knowledge about London’s underground as many of the characters are named after ststions on it. My favorite of Neil’s books is American Gods, there’s a great gag with Odon’s ravens

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  3. Those sawing machines the “Saint’s” have in every store around the world … fantastic, I’m amazed how they have been able to get hold of all those old machines, I think they are new but made to look old. I have seen the same display in every big city I been in. I love their display. You have pictured both China Town and Little Italy like I remembered it. Not much has changed. Fantastic gallery again and now I really longing for my visit.

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  4. Being my mom is 100% Italian the pic of Little Italy made me think of my heritage! I have to say you are making me want to visit NY city rather than the mountains this summer.

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