Daily Archives: September 22, 2007

The Seventh Goodbye


Today was the start of Oktoberfest and my last morning in New York City, so I joined friends at Zum Schneiders’ German restaurant on Avenue C for lunch and drinks. It was a fitting goodbye, since I just missed all the Oktoberfest festivities in Portland. I’m sitting at JFK waiting for my plane to board… I’ll miss my friends, the aimless wandering, the loads of grafitti layering every surface, the bars that stay open until 4.a.m., feeling the electricity and energy hum in every corner of the city, squishing into subway cars, the lack of perfection and new-ness that adds to the old world charm, a separate store for everything imaginable (instead of suburban superstores that lack soul), and the sense that anything is possible.But, I feel okay because I know that goodbye isn’t forever and Lee Z will be waiting for me at the Portland airport and I have school and work (yeah, they actually let me take a three week hiatus!) and an internship I’ve been excited to start for weeks now. It’s going to be a hard adjustment, but I think I’m ready, I think it’s what I need right now. Nine months (three semesters) left until I am free of school, free of a lot of things. By then, I hope I’ll be ready to move on with the next chapter of my life.

Little Italy: San Gennaro Festival in NYC


On Tuesday, I stumbled upon the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. This is the 80th year of its existence! The celebration usually takes place during the last two weeks of September and honors the patron saint of Naples.

This is the second year I’ve gone to the festival. There’s over a million visitors in a two-week span, so the streets are pretty packed. Booths line the streets full of Italian confections, Italian-themed t-shirts, carnival-style games, and beer. All the Little Italy restaurants are open and most have menus available as you walk by. There’s fancy sit-down restaurants next to pizza places, so there’s really something for everyone.

I briefly stopped at the statues near a church to look at religious items like saint charms and holy cards, then kept walking to Chinatown, which has sadly gobbled up most of Little Italy at this point…