Who is Larry Levan? And why is everyone here so happy? Seriously, I just nudged and bumped into twenty New Yorkers and I'm not in the hospital yet—what's happening? How could this "Larry Levan" creature unite blacks, whites, Asians, gays, hookers, yuppies, puppies, Aussies , babies and oldies all in close quarters without a brawl? Let me take you into the world of Larry Levan. Don't be scurred…
I have mad respect for Harlem. Although the nabe has experienced some social and economic gentrification, it's still predominantly and comfortably black (a hue as scarce as hen's teeth in yuppified Bushwick) and the people are friendly. My friend Eunice lives in Harlem and I had yet to pay her a visit, so when I discovered the first annual Harlem Food Truck Rally, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to catch up with my beautiful pal. The rally was held this afternoon on Frederick Douglass Blvd and Jerk Shack, Mr Nice Guy, Luke's Lobster, Shorty's, Gorilla Grilled Cheese, Crepes Truck, Hibachi Heaven and Palenque all pulled in to fatten us up.
The Chinese Lunar New Year Parade is a gathering of elaborate floats, lion and dragon dancing, beauty queens, acrobats, magicians, processions and a bunch of creepy Brooklynites with Asian fetishes. The 15th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival was today (2/2/2014), so I decided to check it out with my friend Kerry and my new Lumix GF5 (I can finally use my camera!). If you suffer from claustrophobia, the lunar festival isn't for you. I hate large crowds, so I'm going to have to pass on the 2015 parade. That being said, I'm glad I went this year. Here are a few reasons why....
One bitch's quest to love NYC.