Every time I come to Mulberry Street in New York City's Little Italy, I can't resist saying, "And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street!" So... I did it again Saturday.
The activities committee of my work organized a day trip into the city for the Feast of San Gennaro. So I seized the chance and down I went to the big city. For a grand total of 8 hours (15 hours counting the bus trip up and down).
When we got to the city, the first thing I did was go into the nearest subway station and buy a one-day unlimited bus/subway pass - cost $8.25. Then I took an uptown bus to Central Park South, walked around a bit and had lunch at Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. Then I took another uptown bus to the Hayden Planetarium at 81st and Central Park West and caught the latest star show. Then a downtown bus to Herald Square and one of my favorite cheap shopping places. There was nothing interesting there, so another downtown bus took me past Union Square, Greenwich Village, and back to Canal Street. I walked around Chinatown and Little Italy a bit, and then it was time to go.
It's amazing how four bus trips and a short show at the planetarium can consume 8 hours, but it did. I really enjoy taking buses like this in NYC. It's easy, buses come frequently, and you get to see the NYC that people who live there see - all the things that make a good sightseeing day.
This last picture is Chinatown (the top picture was Little Italy). They look pretty similar which makes sense seeing as how these two pictures were taken about two blocks apart from each other. The major visible difference is the language on the storefront signs. Over the decades, Little Italy has gotten smaller and Chinatown has expanded. It seems as though Little Italy is mostly on Mulberry Street now, and Chinatown is all around it.
These pictures were taken with my new camera, which also has a 'vivid' setting (and a little more wide angle than my old camera). Vivid makes everything look a little brighter, and ... better than it looks in real life. It was a nice day in the city, but I was happy to spend a quiet Sunday listening to the birds and recuperating at the homestead!
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