The Gates and Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster)

Plenty of things to check out this weekend in the city. I started yesterday by checking out The Gates. Very neat stuff – It’s amazing they put up 7,500 of those things all over Central Park.

Then today I woke up and headed down to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade. It’s the year of the rooster, but I don’t think I saw any. It was all dragons.

I also learned how to figure out what day the Chinese New Year falls on (from Wikipedia):

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, one of the traditional Chinese holidays, is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, which falls on the day on which the second new moon after the day on which the winter solstice occurs, unless there is an intercalary eleventh or twelfth month in the lead-up to the New Year.

It’s so easy!

Of course I took plenty of pictures. I put up most of the picutures on Flickr, but here’s a few of the better ones I took:

The Gates

The Gates

The Gates



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24 in 48

I’m participating in a little group moblogging project for the next two days thought up by Lia Bulaong. Otherwise known as ‘find stuff to take pictures of a couple times an hour.’ It’s harder than it sounds. After most of a day at work, I’m finding myself running out of interesting things to take pictures of (how many times can you take pictures of your office/co-workers in a day?)

But still it’s a cool idea and I’m having fun finding distractions between my huge piles of work this week[end].

this is a group moblog event, sharing the lives of 24 people over 48 hours in new york city.

UPDATE: Here’s my pics so far.

UPDATE: It all finished up last night at midnight, so now it’s fun to go and compare pics of what people were doing. Take for instance each person’s first picture of themselves(?) on Friday morning: Ranjit, Karen, Lia, Dennis, Miranda, Kiri, Ann, Witold, Clay. I’ve never met any of these people, so it was kind of odd watching their lives. I guess it was like reality TV but one frame at a time. And with little or no narration or dialog (other than the pictures themselves, of course).