Luck on top of luck on top of a little more luck landed me in New York for Cinco de Mayo this year. When my plan was coming together, one thing I wanted to do was enjoy some Cinco de Mayo activities that didn’t involve a bar crawl.
The internet being the boundless travel resource it is, I found the details of a Cinco de Mayo parade up on Central Park West on the Upper West Side. I didn’t make it in time to enjoy the whole thing, I did arrive at exactly the right time to catch a troupe of chinelos, a costumed dancing troupe popularized in the Mexican state of Morelos.
All of this information was picked up after the fact thanks to some diligent Googling, all I knew at the time was they were having a blast. So much so, they dragged my friend into the group to dance down CPW while I was cluelessly snapping photos. I found her a short time later and we celebrated with some cinnamon sugar-covered churros.
I was very lucky to take two trips to New York almost back-to-back in the last month, while I was there, I took advantage of an established food culture in NYC that is really just starting in my home town, food trucks. Not just fries and hotdogs, we’re talking serious gourmet offerings with fresh ingredients, ethnic culinary adventures and everything in between. I was delighted to write a guest post for the New York City Food Truck Association about my first adventure with the city’s amazing food truck offerings. On my second trip, I took my vehicular culinary exploration one step further: a food truck rally in Brooklyn.
When I went to New York in April 2013, finally getting to see Book of Mormon on Broadway was a highlight. My friend and I bought our tickets in December and spent five months celebrating our good fortune for getting pretty good seats and learning the words to all of the songs. On the glorious Sunday night when we finally saw the show, it was everything I hoped it would be, and I spent a lot of time in the days after my trip telling everyone to see it through any means necessary.
An unexpected trip back to New York in May 2013 (after I got tickets to Saturday Night Live through their lottery), meant another weekend in New York with lots of time to fill up with activities. Since my friend and I were travelling last-minute, we were trying to keep things as frugal as possible. It took zero minutes of conversation for us to decide to let fate intervene and try to get tickets to Book of Mormon in their lottery.
The week before I returned to New York, I did everything I could to put myself in a winning position.* This mostly involved being helpful to others, singing all of the songs as often as possible and being incredibly unlucky in my home country. With my Book of Mormon karma out in the universe, I headed to New York to take my chances. Continue reading
One of the best things about returning to a favourite city is revisiting your favourite places and activities. While it’s easy to go to New York over and over again and never do the same thing twice, there is something wonderful and comforting about finding the familiar in a strange place. My recent trip to New York was a blend of old favourites and new discoveries.
Get caught up on Part 1 of my adventures, as well as New York’s beautiful cherry blossoms, celebrated this past weekend (April 27-28) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri.
In a city full of stunning sights, one of my favourite visual elements in New York is the city’s ubiquitous water towers. In Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighbourhood, on top of a building on Jay St, is a water tower that outshines the rest.
Sculptor Tom Fruin‘s Watertower is a gorgeous site to behold. The colourful structure, sitting on top of 20 Jay St, brightens up the view of the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge Park. If you have the time, try and check it out at different times of the day, and to see it dramatically lit at night.
Whatever you do, hurry. Watertower will only be in place until June 2013. If you can’t get to Brooklyn before June, check out the artist’s site, where there’s a set of images from the last 48 hours, showing Watertower at different times of the day and night, rain or shine.