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Year of the Rooster!

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Welcome to the Year of the Rooster! There are all kinds of celebration around New York, but the main highlight starts in Chinatown, Manhattan. The local streets in Chinatown are blocked off for the crowds watching lion dances and confetti poppers.  This year, I decided to brave the crowd and snap some shots of the celebration along Bayard Street.

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The kids are the cutest! They remind me of when I would skip grade school to see the lion dances. The lions would climb on ladders from store to store. I would throw poppers on the ground and squeal every time they popped.  These are the best experiences growing up as an Asian American.

No Autumn is Complete...

...without a long stroll in Central Park. Recently, I was inspired by Traveling Lens, a NYC photographer known for vibrant NYC urban streets photos. Vivienne Gucwa is a story teller through her photos. She walks around NYC during extreme weather and captures striking photos. I was on a hunt. I wanted to go to Central Park when the trees were in maximum color. I kept watch on Instagram by searching #centralpark tag. When I reached Central Park a couple weeks back, I realized Instagram fooled me! Only half the trees were in full autumn. But that does not stop me! Here are some shots from that day:

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