The Ox is thought to be the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. The Ox is a power sign, like the Rat, Snake, Dragon, Tiger, and Monkey. The King Of New York Hacks is year of the Monkey. They're quite dependable and possess an innate ability to achieve great things. As one might guess, such people are dependable, calm, and modest. Like their animal namesake, the Ox is unswervingly patient, tireless in their work, and capable of enduring any amount of hardship without complaint. Sounds a lot like a New York City taxi driver called the King Of New York Hacks.....hmmmmmm don't you agree ??
If ever lost in Chinatown, this gazebo has all the info you need in Chatham Square, great place to get a pic of yourself as if you were in China.
I love the hidden treasures that we take for granted as we walk by some of the most unique items that exist in this city such as this dragon handrail post. ONLY in Chinatown.
Awesome....I have to get one of these....that breathe fire of course.
Red Lanterns under the Manhattan Bridge. Since ancient times. The red lantern of China is not merely a kind of illuminations, it symbolizes the happiness even more, happy and beautiful yearning for the future.
Even the Chinese want the Bull to have some luck and get us back to working and living a more quality life.
Strange foods you will see everywhere in Chinatown , such as this dried out squid.
Another kind of squid.
Dried out Jellyfish...yuck.
While celebrating Chinese New Year all over China, each place has their own characteristics.But there is only a common Chinese symbol, every place is the same,this is a red lantern of China.
A very nice row of inspiring lanterns for the upcoming year.
Walking by the windows of Chinatown is great because you NEVER know what you will see. I saw these fish , and if I wanted to eat one , all I need to do is go in to the restaurant point at the fish, they cook it and give it to me. No words spoken. That's what I love about Chinatown.
They have shops with elegant and quite elaborate designs which are stunning. I think I'll get my girlfriend one. They look too good , I wonder how much they are? I'll find out.
Ahhhhhhhh....more live food just taunting me to start eating. Crabs...mmmmmmmmmm.
What am I lookinat ?!??!? What the F*** are you looking at you damn dungeoness crab. Geez, New Yorker crabs got attitude !!!
This wasn't a live fish , but it was cool to see a spiny blowfish from China albeit a taxidermy one.
And so we see our first dancing lion.
Here comes the crowd, and all the clanging and drums beating...very exciting.
A beautiful tapestry with some sort of warrior on it.
My nephews who are identical twins and were the one's who were so enthused about me bringing them to Chinatown. One of them will have a kidney transplant next month so please say a prayer for him.They both have the same kidney problems however one got worse quicker. Great kids, and they LOVE Chinese food, AND Chinese women !!!!
My friend explained in the restaurant we ate at a Phoenix on the left and the Dragon on the right. Very significant creatures in their culture.
The ritual is the owner will hand the group of dancers a red envelope with money in it , and the dancing lion will come in and bring good luck and keep bad spirits away. I caught this lion bowing just as he spun and danced back out into the street. Fun stuff.
We then witnessed many dancing lions and one went into the Chase bank where I'm sure he got a BIG RED ENVELOPE !!!
Another Lion , this golden lion exits a place with a glowing sun making him shine.
Red Lion head mask.Each color represent different meanings. You can read about it here if you like. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_dance Very interesting backgrounds.
The Lions usually consist of two people and the Dragons at least ten to operate efficiently. All are usually martial artists.
Even this guy was so scared he turned white !!!
Those tubes are confetti shooters that blast confetti about 30 feet high and they cost five bucks a pop. Fireworks are banned in the city now, but plenty of people were blasting these tubes of celebration.That beautiful girl in the middle is Miss. Fujianese !!! The King don't mess around !!
They must have made a bundle selling these confetti tubes , people loved them and every one was having fun playing with it as it snowed confetti on us !!
This was my favorite dragon and it did the best dance of the day I thought.
Click on the pic to watch this hypnotic Dragon dance !!
Two young Chinese children in traditional garb snapping those little fircrackers that pop when they hit the ground.
They were having a ball !!! Yet so was I !!!!!
The Cops !!!! Run !!!! No worries, this time he's leading the next group of dancers.
These tapestries are exquisite and some have been used for many years !
Keeping the rhythm of the day going strong !! Bang that drum brother !!!
Great place to view it all from.
In Chinese this sign says "WE Love You King Of New York Hacks !!! "
And when they saw me they let the confetti rain on me !! So thoughtful of the community !!
This is one of the largest red lantern displays I have ever seen. These are VERY expensive and it really did add some great scenery to Chinatown that day .
Now inside this store , I have never ,EVER seen this for sale......care to guess???????
Go to next pic an I'll tell you.
A genuine crocodile claw, which I wouldn't even know how to cook or eat.
You can buy the whole arm if you prefer.
Or a good old fashioned Boars Head.
And as we rounded out the day we stopped in front of one of the biggest buddhist temples for a quick pic. Don't forget, that little nephew on the left is getting a kidney transplant and his identical brother will as well one day , so please say one prayer for both of them and the donor.
The King and his posse were lucky enough to be in an herbal store when one of the lions came to give luck, and we filmed it first hand. Hpefully year of the ox will be good for all of us.
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In closing I wish you all a Happy New Year again and hope I have been able to show you just a glimpse of what Chinatown is, and if you are born year of the Ox, hopefully you have a fantastic year !!! Me , I'm just a monkey, however I still am The King Of New York Hacks. Peace out Chinese food eaters.