In response to the Daily Post prompt for July 30th, I immediately thought about creativity. I admire this quality because it doesn’t require money, material goods, or specialized education. All it takes to be creative is to challenge oneself to be expressive, to solve a problem or to see something in a new light.
At the same time, social media reminded me that I was in Buenos Aires nine years ago this month. It was my second trip to the city, the first being the year before, when the Argentine summer brought music and dance out in to the streets from noon to well past dusk. This time it was winter, and although it was chilly and grey and the city was suffering from the great recession, creativity still managed to crop up around nearly every street corner in the city center. Here are some of my favorite photos from that trip. The streets were alive with creativity!
My trusty mobile phone has recorded some of my summer adventures to date this year. They are grouped by borough, first up are images from Manhattan, then Queens and Brooklyn. I hope that they begin to convey the diversity of activities that New York City has to offer in the warmer months.
Performers at the Rubin Museum’s Block Party
A New Mural on 6th Avenue
The Rubin Museum drew large crowds for its Block Party and open house
Dancing on a Pier in the West Village
And Now Dancing in Long Island City Queens
Dancers with Manhattan as a Backdrop
Sundown as seen from Long Island City
A Thunderstorm Looms Over Queens
The Rose Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Cooling Off at a Brooklyn Beach
Weekend Fireworks at Coney Island
Americana Glore at a Brooklyn Cyclones Game
Enjoying a Sea Lion Show at the New York Aquarium, Coney Island
The magic of the annual Dance Parade lies in its diversity and inclusiveness. Performers of dance traditions from around the world travel from all corners of the USA to troop their colors and celebrate their traditions with New Yorkers. A large swath of downtown yields to this colorful onslaught of energy and spirit.
In my humble opinion, the parade is a national treasure, the best free entertainment available and a means of opening the eyes of thousands to new cultures.
Here are some shots of children dancing down Union Square West in the Parade.
Demonstrating that men dance too, here are some powerful male performers.
Strong, beautiful women of all kinds shined as well.
Long live the New York City Dance Parade and Festival!