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The Tango Lesson

There is respite in this crazy busy, beautifully intense city.

For example, running errands you’re sidetracked by tango music nearby. You are intrigued and you cross the street like in a trance, and this is what you find: a tango lesson/practice. On the Union Square plaza, a lesson for beginners. Upstairs in the Pavilion, the more advanced are entranced by music.

You forget what you were supposed to do, where you’re supposed to be, just pull the camera out of the bag and try to capture what tango is in fleeting moments: the faces, the feet… Hoping that a bit of it’s intensity gets recorded.

And a less than 3 minutes movie. Enjoy! hopefully as much as I did being there.

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Street performers

And talking about street performances, here’s a sampling of what you can encounter on the streets of NYC, on any random day .




Parked! food trucks event ’12

When has a year passed by already? Another year, another Parked! event.
A few new trucks on the road, adding to the number of participants. The lines weren’t so bad this time, some of the trucks had no customers actually. Are people getting tired of street food, or they’re just too familiar with their offerings already?
Also, some of the area restaurants had some presence with small tables and few offerings.

Anyway, snapped just a few pics this time, and mostly of the menus.
I had a delicious Connecticut style lobster roll from Red Hook lobster and a first time gelato from Amorino (verdict: good, but I wasn’t that impressed). The L’innimitabile (really?) hazelnut was almost too sweet but with good hazelnut flavor. Stracciatella was nothing special, as for the Caramello (salted caramel) not that caramel-ly. And it all melted in a mess before it was handed to me – it was warm outside but not that warm and we were in the shade anyway. I find that unacceptable.

The friend that accompanied me got a Phil’s cheesesteak which I never tried before but kept reading about it that’s the closest you’ll come to a Philly one in NYC. My friend said it’s good, but then again he never went to Philadelphia for a Pat’s or Geno’s. By the looks only, I find Phil’s unappealing – the meat is almost ground, the onions are few and wrong – nothing like Geno’s for example.

Same as last year, performances by young artists on the waterfront stage – a short movie after the pictures. Not sure of the band name, but I know the stilt-walker is Anya Sapozhnikova.


New York Easter Parade ’12


South Street Seaport – Pier 17

A beautiful August Saturday at South Street Seaport where the Parked! event has happened today. More details and many pictures a.s.a.p. For now, just a few pictures of boats, people, Anais Mitchell and a gentle sunset.

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River to River Festival

The River To River Festival is Lower Manhattan’s largest FREE summer arts festival featuring music, film, dance, theatre, art and play elements in a variety of public venues that canvases the beautiful backdrop of Downtown New York-from Chambers Street down to Battery Park and across the island from the Hudson River to the East River.”

Here are pictures of Brooklyn’s own STREB – Human fountain, and The Three Belles of the Australian Strange Fruit in a performance held at The World Financial Center on July 16th, 2011.


Manhattanhenge – July 12th, 2011

Manhattanhenge


Spring, finally

central park

central park

madison sq park

flatiron bldg


St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Sunnyside

I’ve lived in Sunnyside for about 16 years now and every year there’s a parade on Skillman Ave. on the week-end before St. Patrick’s Day. Not once have I traveled the few steps to see the parade, until today.

The weirdest parade I’ve ever seen in this city. I knew that it was going to be small (compared to the one held in Manhattan on March 17th – see a few pics from last year’s here) but this was way tiny: 10-15 minutes in all, with many of the participants in costumes (?!?), dancers who didn’t dance, one truck as float for a music group etc.

For a neighborhood that has an Irish bar on every corner, today was extremely surprising.


NYC’s first ever Nuit Blanche

New York City’s first ever Nuit Blanche – an all night art event that originated in Europe in 1997 (Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg), was held in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on October 2nd 2010.
Named “Bring to Light”, it featured 50 international artists and performers along 4 blocks around Franklyn and Noble St., and it inhabited galleries, streets, shops, vacant buildings and the American Playground park.
Restaurants, bars and stores in the area were open till late and the event drew quite a crowd. A few of the art installations in the pictures below.


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