Had a little night on the town in NYC with Jacalope, Laurie, and Lev over the weekend. We started the day looking at knockoff purses, watches, hats, and sunglasses on the infamous Canal Street. I remember reading about the history of Canal Street, it used to hold a tiny pond at the top which sewage was dumped into. The water from that pond, drained out into a canal that eventually fell into the Hudson River, that Canal had a street that ran along it, and now it is Canal Street. Upon telling that story, Lev and I agreed that the place has lived up to its origins. A couple of sunglasses were purchased by the ladies, Jaclyn got some knockoff Ray Bans that match prescription Ray Bans, we look like a very cute couple.
We took Canal Street up to Mulberry and busted a left into Little Italy. The US soccer team was in the 60th minute of their World Cup game against Ghana and the street erupted into applause when Landon Donovan scored on a penalty kick. I’m not much of a fan of Little Italy, reminds me of Disney World, but every once in awhile, Disney World isn’t that bad.
Then we found ourselves in Soho, poking into stores, peering into windows, like waves coming on and off the beach. We stopped in my favorite store, Pearl River. Pearl River is completely dedicated to Asian stuff and its a great place to pick up a souvineer or two that makes it seem like you just traveled across the ocean.
We had dinner at SUSHI Samba which was a big hit, I think it is a mix of Japenese and Brazillian food. We had a table of a terrace overlooking 7th Avenue. The table next to us ordered Sawagani which is tiny river crabs (they look just like regular crabs), fried whole. We had a bunch of different sushi rolls and tapas and we all couldn’t agree on which items we liked the most.
Afterwards, we hit up a couple bars that were in basements and had an excellent time. Laurie demonstrated a new dance she invented which featured a hand against her head. Jaclyn has adapted to my dance style of just standing on the dance floor, by dancing all around me. We were having a darn good time and thank goodness the girls had a bridal shower the next day, which prompted Jaclyn to round us up and make us leave at 2AM, otherwise, I think we would have made it to the 4AM closing time. Maybe I am giving myself too much credit.
The morning I woke up early and headed to the big Bull near Wall Street. There was a crowd of Asian people taking photographs, I snapped a photo and headed to the back of the bull to rub its balls for good luck. Sure enough, the balls were very polished from all the other whackos out there.
I have so many pictures that I need to post. My next couple blog postings will be exclusively pictures.