OoooOo hey! Libby here.
Wow, there is truly no place like New York.
Yesterday, Annabel and I explored Chinatown. I immediately fell for the place and its rich colors, crowded fruit stands and cool knick-knack stores. The area is full of authentic restaurants that serve delicious food ranging from noodles to dim sum. With hungry appetites, Annabel and I ventured to Joe’s Shanghai for lunch—an iconic restaurant with neon lights and mirrors lining its walls (it’s located on 24 W 56th St). Thanks to a follower’s suggestion (kudos to @ryrylumsavestheworld!), we ordered the soup dumplings. They were delicious, and the meal was so affordable.
After we enjoyed our lunch, we stopped by Taiyaki, a Japanese ice cream shop (located on 119 Baxter Street). Taiyaki is famous for their fish-shaped waffle cones and their picture-perfect, colorfully-swirled ice cream. If you like matcha, try the matcha flavor. It was so refreshing on a humid day.
Chinatown is such an authentic part of NYC with a deep history. It is the largest Chinatown in the United States and is known for being the most Chinese-concentrated area in the Western Hemisphere. I find it amazing that you can deeply immerse yourself in Chinese culture while in an American city. This is part of what makes New York so special—there are is so much diversity in one place. Mott Street speaks to that—you start by walking through a busy Chinese market, then all of a sudden you find yourself in Little Italy.
Visiting this area of New York reminded me that although each individual’s background may be different, we are all inherently similar (much more similar than we think!). We’re all human. We’re all on a search for happiness and fulfillment. As I roamed throughout Chinatown, I realized that we all have a choice and an opportunity to connect with, learn from, and give to the people around us. It is so important to appreciate and celebrate our similarities and differences. A diverse America is a beautiful America. Our colorful and distinct communities are what make our country beautiful.
Annabel and I encourage you to explore a new place and appreciate our beautiful world! Holler if you ever want to venture with us.
“In New York, everyone is so mixed together that there’s less of a feeling of class here. Everybody is dealing with the same shit, everybody is on the subway elbow-to-elbow.” — Louis C.K.