Firecracker, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 2012. Photo © Valery Rizzo
The Chinese Lunar New Year 4712 begins this January 31st and we celebrate 2014 as The Year of The Horse. It is especially significant to me because I was born under the sign of the horse.
Not too many people know but Brooklyn has its own Chinatown in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and it is also in my opinion the best place to enjoy the celebration. The streets are covered with confetti and people firing off firecrackers and it really feels just like one big street fair. This year the festivities take place on Sunday, February 2nd and afterwards you could enjoy Dim Sum at one of the local restaurants. Pacificana on 8th Avenue and 50th street is a restaurant highly recommended by my friends, Dave and Vivian who live in the neighborhood.
The fun takes place on 8th Avenue, between 50th and 60th Streets. Take the N/R train to 59rd Street and walk up to 8th Avenue. For more details, a full list of activities or to see if you were born in the Year of The Horse click here.