Henry was able to see a few of the balloons for the big parade as they lined up near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday night.
We went looking for noodles and inadvertently ran into dragons instead. Well, they looked like dragons anyway, but once I looked it up, I found out they were lions. As part of the ongoing Chinese New Year celebrations, lion dance troupes perform in the streets of Chinatown. The colorful lions visit businesses and they are greeted with money offerings in red envelopes as a symbol of good luck in the upcoming year.
Henry was a bit frightened of the lions up close, but from the window of the restaurant, he found them intriguing. We had never been to the Nom Wah Tea Parlor, but it is a Chinatown staple and the dim sum really hit the spot since it is still pretty cold here.
Today we marched in the Annual Washington Market Park Halloween Parade. Neighborhood kids and parents march down Greenwich Street in costumes and enter the park for a variety of Halloween activities. My sister and I almost participated last year, but both our kids fell asleep in their strollers before it started. Henry may have been tired this year too because he didn’t seem very excited about the events today.
There were several Halloween events in our neighborhood yesterday. We were intent on joining a small parade that marches down Greenwich Street. This is a chance for all the kids in the neighborhood to dress up and walk to Washington Market while showing off their costumes. Henry and Mae both decided to take their naps shortly after we lined up.
On Sunday afternoon we went for another short walk and discovered a one-room museum, MMuseumm, tucked away in a freight elevator in a small alley in Tribeca. As a belated birthday gift, Julie and I were also able to go to dinner at her favorite dining spot, Les Halles. Thanks to Mark for watching both babies.
Today will be the saddest day of the visit, Julie and Mae are leaving this afternoon.