This past weekend was one of those weekends where we shot a bunch of different things. Sometimes that happens, we choose a neighborhood and we just walk from that neighborhood to our home, shooting photos of anything and everything along the way.
We started off on the Lower East Side. Sometimes we go farther afield and the walks are a lot longer. But it was hot, with a chance of rain, and we didn’t want to venture too far from an escape from the weather via a subway ride. One of the first things we came across was a hotbed of multiculturalism. The Eldridge Street Synagogue, now a historic museum, holds its “Egg Rolls and Egg Creams” festival every June. The festival pays tribute to the fact that the neighborhood was once predominantly Jewish and now is predominantly Chinese. What better way to celebrate it than to have Chinese kids making handmade decorated yarmulkes to wear?
As we continued our walk we came across the Hare Krishna Festival in Washington Square park. They actually have what is probably the world’s slowest parade, where they drag these massive wagons down Fifth Avenue. We missed that this year but the festival was going on. Music, food and other entertainment welcome to all.
The chariots are mighty big as can be seen in this 2010 photo. Since they are hand-pulled they are also mighty slow.
As we got closer to home we passed the Chelsea Market. Formerly the Nabisco Bakery (you can practically still smell the Oreo Cookies), the site has been the subject of some controversy lately. It seems that the owners of the property are proposing two massive towers over the block-long building. Needless to say they need a zoning variance and this being New York, needless to say the neighborhood is against it. The food arcade features everything from Jewish deli food to Thai noodles. Not so far a cry from egg rolls and egg creams allowing tourists and New Yorkers alike to enjoy a multicultural dining experience.
Richard Levine and Frances Roberts, of Levine Roberts Photography, are a husband and wife team of photographers covering politics, environmental issues, the economy, business, and social and cultural issues in the Big Apple. See more photos from their collection on Newscom.
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