Sunday, February 10, 2013

Chinese New Year 2010

Shortly after I published my last post, the Merry Husband and I found out that our flight to JFK on Friday morning had been cancelled. We were, of course, disappointed not to be able to celebrate Chinese New Year with his family in Brooklyn. But that's how the fortune cookie crumbles.

We spent a lazy weekend at home. So lazy, in fact, that I didn't even bother to get out of bed until an unprecedented 11:00 AM! I thought I'd cheat a bit, and show you some photos from our visit in 2010. That year, we arrived after the big blizzard and found the city completely blanketed in snow.

View from the Egyptian Gallery,
Metropolitan Museum of Art

French Embassy

Central Park
On New Year's Day, we ate dim sum at the East Harbor Seafood Palace in Brooklyn. Guests "fed" red envelopes of money to the hungry Dragon dancers snaking through the push-carts and tables.

After breakfast, we visited several Buddhist temples in Manhattan's Chinatown.

CNY happened to fall on Valentine's Day, so in the evening, we broke away from the family for a bit and took in the sights in Times Square.

Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year to you too. This snowstorm really made us stay indoors too. Lots of snow here in Toronto too. NYC at night is just full of life, colour and action. I love that about NYC.

    1. Happy New Year, Pamela! I hope you're recovering from the storm and can get out and about.

  2. I think that sometimes they put on more of a show and an effort to celebrate Chinese New Year in cities outside of Asia. CNY seems more of a family occasion in Taipei, although some other cities have special dragon dances, etc.

    Your photos of the Met and New York are beautiful. I am really due back for a visit there.
    --Road to Parnassus

    1. Interesting - New Year's Eve seems to be the family celebration. On New Year's morning though, it seems like every Chinese family in Brooklyn is trying to get a table at one of the dim sum palaces! My husband's father usually volunteers to get down there a couple hours early to get our party on the waiting list.

  3. Writing this to you from NYC, as I am, the snow storm (or should I say Snowmageddon) was a bit of a let down, at least in Manhattan. Created mayhem everywhere (all flights canceled, the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts prohibiting driving after certain hours). Apparently the tow of Hamden, Connecticut, got somethng like 40 inches of snow! Here in the city, no big deal. Restaurants were full, the liquor stores still delivered, and life went on. With the rain and the weather in the 40s predicted over the next few days soon all of the (now dirty) snow will have melted away by the weekend. Reggie

    1. My husband, who in his heart-of-hearts is a New Englander, declared the snowfall "nothing" and swore up and down that we would have been find if only the airlines had just gone ahead with our flight. I'm a California girl, so any snow is big snow to me! Very glad to hear though that it didn't affect you too badly.


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