For Valentine’s Day we decided to go into city. There was an exhibit for the Titanic that was about to end at the New York Times building in Time Square. They did a really good job of pulling you into feeling what it was like on the ship. All the displays were built to look like the ship and instead of showing just a bunch of artifacts (which were cool too) they explained the reasons leading upto the launch of the ship. ( a coal strike lead to a lot of people tating the Titanic that would not have normally.) Everyone got a card of a passenger with a little snap shot of their life that they did not find out if they lived or died until the end. Since they know the more about the rich people on board the ship, the majority of the cards had people living (or at least that is what I had overheard) which again shows the reasons why instead of just stating facts.
From there we went to the Winter garden. It is a large glass atrium filled with palm trees next to the World Trade Center site. When the buildings fell the windows got blown out on the building and all the trees died. It was one of the fastest things rebuilt (and quite depressing that nine years later and they still have not rebuilt the the main buildings above ground level.) I have to admit it, I have not seen a palm tree in a while and it was nice to see one.
Valintine’s Day and Chinese new year just happened to end up on the same day this year. We could not resist heading down to Chinatown. We missed everything but the tail-end of the parade but the funniest part were the people watching anyway. There were venders that sold giant two foot tubes filled with confetti that people were shooting into the air. The entire street had a 1/2 layer of glitter and shiny confetti that cruched under our feet like snow. By this time it was night so the light glittered off of it enough to give it a sureal look.