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.
Luckily, I turned around and saw this amazing street art on one of the buildings! Is it a miniature “Hulk”?
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!
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…
I felt like I was back in Southeast Asia…
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…
A clothing shop with old sewing machines in the storefront. I went in to capture this shot…
Along one wall they had this cool art…
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!
Next stop…Rockefeller Center!
- Visiting NYC? Where to Eat (and Avoid) in Little Italy and Chinatown (newyork.seriouseats.com)
- Chinatown (lesmclaughlins.wordpress.com)
- Suit Select Chinatown Point Opening + 2012/13 Spring/Summer Collection (bubbamama.com)
- Down down to Chinatown (jeeperskreepers.wordpress.com)
- Chinatown, NYC: Cup and Saucer Luncheonette (aht.seriouseats.com)
- Squeezing Strathcona: Chinatown development and shrinking neighbourhoods (vancouverobserver.com)
- Review: Red Egg (melhuang1972.wordpress.com)
- I just discovered Dain the Brooklyn-based street artist (tabscorner.wordpress.com)
- My New York City Best Eats: 7 Big Apple Bites (ourbitsandpiecesblog.wordpress.com)
- Chinatown! (sueandwink.wordpress.com)