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Year of the Water Dragon. Nostalgic photos from NYC!

Aujourd’hui est la nouvelle année chinoise du Dragon d’eau. J’avais toujours suivi la nouvelle année chinoise pendant mes années à NYC. J’ai célebré avec mes potes de Chine et je me sens assez nostalgique. J’imagine d’être avec eux, comme l’année passé pour l’année du Lapin, mais je suis à calme Grenoble plutôt. En fait, cette nostalgie à commencé depuis les posts d’Ella Coquine: Elle est à New York maintenant et elle donne des nouvelles du coins new-yorkais très familiers pour moi. Cela dit, je flânais dans mes photos veilleuses:

Today is the Chinese New Year of the Water Dragon. I’ve always been into the Chinese New Year and often celebrate it with my Chinese friends in New York. So, I’m a bit nostalgic. I can imagine myself with them, like I was last year to ring in the Rabbit year, but instead I am in quiet Grenoble. Actually, this nostalgia started from Ella Coquine‘s posts: She is currently in New York and she has spoken about some of my old hangouts. That said, I’ve browsed through some of my old photos:

view from the rooftop of my old building in the East Village

Mott St., Chinatown

I miss brunch at the Garden Cafe (croque madame!)

…and pizza by the slice

and celebrating Bastille Day in style…

Not to mention Manhattan’s got the coolest squirrels…

the “eccentrics”, Lower East Side

Indian Road Cafe: hip but too north of Manhattan for serious “hipsters” (thank-goodness)

The view out my old window on St. Marks Place

the Hudson on a winter day, Inwood, Manhattan

Around the Chinese New Year last year, Chinatown

Toutes les photos par Grenobloise. All photos by Grenobloise.


  • gojulesgo
    January 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    You know I love these pictures! That squirrel is amazing, and the pizza is making my mouth water!

    • grenobloise
      January 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Glad you love the pics! Originally I wanted this blog to include more of NYC, but then I just ended up posting pics from all of my travels, eats, etc. I wasn’t sure how people would like me bringing NYC back out; glad it’s well-received! Pizza by the slice; ‘sure do miss it!

  • Slingers
    January 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Great Pics! Can’t believe i’m going to Taiwan the week after new year!

  • Ella Coquine
    January 24, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Awww, I’m so honored that I inspired you to share these fantastic photos! My favorite is the Italian flag looking buildings. AMAZING!

    and..I soo did the Bastille Day thing in NYC (on 60th street) before I moved to Paris! I wish we knew each other then!

    NYC will always be here, waiting for you when you come back! : )


    • grenobloise
      January 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Of course you inspired me, you are an inspiring woman! You have such lovely NYC pics.

      Yes, the building, if you notice on the bottom right corner, there’s Yaffa cafe! You talked about it in your last post. I used to practically live there when I had no internet. I love their salads. And 2 blocks away is 7A; I love their burgers (esp. California burger) and they serve side salads with carrot dressing. Mmm! Have you tried the sangria at Lapalapa? This neighborhood has so many great places to eat and drink; don’t even get me started with the Japanese food…

      You go to 60th street too?! I’ve gone there every year. It’s usually “Okay”, but last year the Fiaf ‘accidentally’ awarded me two tickets to go to the Sky Room on Bastille day where they had the French Institute cooking free, very fancy, food. There were cheeses and foies gras as well. Verrines. Très classe! We watched the World Cup on this large screen they had set up. The same week (or day) was this party in L.I.C. I don’t think I could ever top that Bastille Day, although the fireworks in Parc Mistral this year, here in Grenoble, were incredible!

      I’m always afraid that if I go back to NYC I’ll never be able to get back out again. Ever happen to you? Maybe I’ll be visiting soon.

      Yes, it would have been great to know you then, Ella! Hey, you should go to French Meetup (there are a bunch)! I would go to them every week to speak French.

  • chickster
    January 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

    NPR recently had a great article on NYC’s evolving Chinatown and I couldn’t believe it was the biggest in the nation! I was sure SF’s was the biggest, but after seeing a picture of Mott St. there’s definitely more room and wider avenues there.

    • grenobloise
      January 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I had no idea it was the biggest in the nation; cool! I love it there. One of my favorite parts of NYC. I never thought it was that large; it’s so easy to accidentally wander into Little Italy, SoHo or Tribeca while there. Mott street for me is really the Chinatown experience. It’s where you get all your fish and produce, and very inexpensive, and packed with people. The pic you see above is on my way to Joe’s Shanghai (great soup dumplings), the very end of the street.

      I’ve been told that NYC’s Chinatown is mostly Fujianese. I’m familiar with some Vietnamese places there too (where I’d get the most authentic Bahn-mi sandwiches I could find in Manhattan).

      There’s another growing Chinatown on 8th street in Brooklyn, near Sunset Park. And, of course, there’s Flushing, Queens!

  • grenobloise
    January 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Salut copine! Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the photos. I have so many, I don’t know what to do with ’em. I am not homesick; I guess not having family helps. Right now I still just want to see new places. I’ll revisit my old ‘hood someday.

    You should visit NYC, but with a local who knows where the nice, non-crowded/touristy areas are. It’s good to know where to go. I guess that’s how it is with all big cities!

    I’m trying by best to enjoy it here. It’s easy to forget to enjoy the moment. All my time spent on the computer isn’t helping my increasingly shortened attention span! But, blogging’s been such a lovely experience!

    See you soon! Besos x


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