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Sunday, February 9, 2014

New York’s Flushing Chinatown Celebrates Chinese New Year

New York’s Flushing Chinatown Celebrates Chinese New Year


New York’s Flushing Chinatown Celebrates Chinese New Year

Posted: 09 Feb 2014 05:01 AM PST

Between 2000 and 2010 thousands of people made their exodus from Manhattan's Chinatown—17% of the population to be exact. Where did they go? By all indications, many of them came to Flushing, Queens. During that same period of time Flushing's population nearly doubled, growing by a startling 93%. And as I shuffled my way along Main Street and Union Street today to take in the Chinese New Years festivities, I had no reason to doubt those numbers.

New York is host to dozens of parades throughout the year. Some are larger, some are louder, but none rival this Lunar New Year event for the sheer riot of color on display. Red and yellow dragons wend their way through streets of red-coated marching bands, yellow-clad Falun Dafa drummers, and men, women, and children dressed in brightly colored traditional costumes. And all moving to the throbbing beat of Chinese drums, symbols, and gongs.

As an indication of the growing political power of this vibrant neighborhood, a number of state politicians put in appearances, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. Following the parade, many of them shared a stage with Congresswoman Grace Meng and a host of representatives from Flushing's Asian business community.

The removal of rent control from hundreds of inexpensive Manhattan Chinatown apartments in recent years, together with burgeoning immigration from Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan and Malaysia has contributed to Flushing's explosive growth. If the trend continues, next year I may need to don one of those dragon costumes myself to get a good view of the parade.

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Amazing Northern Lights In Iceland

Posted: 08 Feb 2014 08:25 PM PST

An old Lighthouse in the Northern Lights In Iceland

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Northern Lights In Iceland

Posted: 08 Feb 2014 08:22 PM PST

The Amazing Northern Lights In Iceland

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Syed in New York

Posted: 08 Feb 2014 06:19 PM PST

Syed is a humanitarian volunteer and social activist from Kashmir, Pakistan who traveled to the U.S. for the the first time to attend the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations this week.

Syed found me on Twitter (@alexpreditor) while looking for #nyc related posts. He we was very excited to do a video about his 34 hour journey here as well as his trip once he landed.

Syed shot on his iPhone 5 throughout Islamabad, Abu Dhabi and Manchester. I shot on a Panasonic HVX200 once he arrived in New York City.

Syed was inspired to become a humanitarian activist after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.

It was amazing to meet someone the same age with the same interests from halfway around the world who I had first connected with on social media.

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Protest Against Internet Censorship

Posted: 08 Feb 2014 04:57 PM PST

Photographer: Görkem Keser

Hundreds of people gather on Istiklal Street to protest against the new internet censorship laws approved by Turkish government Police used water cannon and teargas to disperse the protestors

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GA Port Authority warehouse fire

Posted: 08 Feb 2014 02:00 PM PST

Photos of smoke from the Georgia Port Authority warehouse fire burning in Savannah.

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Mans Disaster

Posted: 08 Feb 2014 12:57 PM PST

Port in Savannah Georgia on fire. To see more go to instagram.com/austinhein

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Port Fire in Savannah on sugar anniversary

Posted: 08 Feb 2014 10:10 AM PST

Huge fire, clouds of smoke, black ominous sky on anniversary of tragic sugar refinery explosion that claimed 14 lives. This time around on the cursed day, it is a port or factory fire right off the savannah river.

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Mr. Freeze 6, Superman 0

Posted: 08 Feb 2014 08:46 AM PST

Frozen Chicago (Chiberia) from 8,000 feet above the lakefront. February 7, 2014

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Me and the Tree

Posted: 07 Feb 2014 04:55 PM PST

This little shopping cart has a lone tree for a companion at the edge of a big Target shopping center in Austell, GA. Doesn't seem quite so lonely that way in its abandonment.

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