Peace, love and happiness and…Chinatown

Chinatown is filled with delicious restaurants, bakeries and markets. There are also every kind of shop and service available even during the time of Covid restrictions. The Lin Sister Herb Shop has been around for more than 25 years. There are three generations of family members at work in the shop. Frank Lin will examine your tongue, take your pulse and after a few questions offer an holistic prescription for any health issue. It might range from teas to acupuncture. The herbs are housed in a wall of drawers on the main floor. You can watch as the herbs are carefully weighed, ground and packaged for each patients specific requirements.

Around the corner from the herb shop are several hand-pulled noodle shops and many restaurants, all with outdoor dining but no dim sum carts. We had a delicious and very filling meal at Wo Hop. We finished our food before I thought about taking a photo.

After lunch, we decided to take advantage of the crisp fall afternoon and walk south to the Seaport. Our route was filled with terrific photo opportunities of the Freedom Tower, the Frank Gehry Spruce Street apartment building and the Brooklyn Bridge.

South Street Seaport was not bustling with pedestrians, however, there were a few cool sculptures to enjoy. First, three giant emoji-like metal sculptures-Peace, Love and Happiness stand tall on the east side of Water Street. The artist Scott Gerber expresses a way to heal through art. Across the street, facing west is a sculpture titled Kaleidoscope. As the sun sets, the black lights come on making the shoelace type cord look like neon lights. Looking through the rebar and laces is like looking through a kaleidoscope.

Heading west offered a different angle of the Freedom Tower and the Fulton street subway station wings. This was a fun photo-filled fall day.

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