In case our posts about Christmas Lights and Holiday Windows didn’t give it away, we’re pretty big fans of the holiday season. And another thing we’re pretty big fans of? Food. Christmas is fast approaching and the majority of businesses will be shuttered to observe the day’s celebration, food establishments included. But one of the many things we love about New York City is that it’s incredibly diverse. A solid quarter of it’s estimated 8.6 million population is made up of non-Christians–they include Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Atheists, and many, many others. So, on Christmas Day, where do these other New Yorkers congregate for a meal? Turns out, there’s a tradition for that!
Every time we head to Chinatown, Justin has a minor anxiety attack. The crowded streets and the slow foot traffic drive him crazy, but we still find ourselves there with remarkable regularity. It’s impossible to stay away from this section of Lower Manhattan because it simply has so much to offer. And we’re not just there to eat, either. Here are some things you can (and should) do in Chinatown:
If you ask someone what they think about New York City, they’ll undoubtedly have an opinion. For those seduced by the city’s many charms, the response will probably be that of hackneyed superlatives. Naysayers, on the other hand, will issue a laundry list of grievances. You’ll hear any number of things, but I’d be willing to bet “boring” won’t be one of them. This city’s single greatest virtue is that, no matter how long you live here, you’ll never see it all.
Time and time again, it has introduced me to something new and unexpected, quite often coinciding with a period when I’ve become increasingly weary and disillusioned. Most recently, that astonishing revelation came in the form of a repurposed freight elevator shaft along a dodgy-looking alley in Lower Manhattan.