Exploring NY – part 2

This is continuation of last post where I’m trying to write my random experiences in New York.

Boishaki Utshob (Bangla New Year) Celebration

Pohela Boishak 1421

Pohela Boishak 1421

This was my first Bangla New Year celebration outside of Bangladesh though I rarely joined mass gathering in this day. In addition to girls, usually boys also take some preparations for celebrating this day. However, as usual, I hate preparations; specially with clothing :P. On the day (April 14, 2014) My wife & her friends (with their family), sister-in-law and her friend and me all headed for Jackson Heights where, I heard, most of the Bengali people join on this day.

We didn’t get the parking around, even a few blocks away, the main gather spot. So we decided to head for the NTV Bhaban (NYC office of a Bangladesh TV channel) where cultural programs happens. We really enjoyed the time there from live songs, Bangladeshi (and/or Indian) foods like Fushka, Chotpoti, Pitha, Jhalmuri etc.

Highland Park, Brooklyn

Highland Park, Brooklyn

Highland Park, Brooklyn

It was my another lone cycle exploring. I, initially, planned to go to Forest Park. On the way to Forest Park, I found this park and thought it’s worth exploring. Above the ground level, it has nice bike lane surrounding a lake (though seemed restricted to public).

Randall’s Island Park

Raita at Randall’s Island Park

Over a weekend we, friends and family, went to Randall’s Island park without any plan. I don’t remember the name of the place we initially planned to go but ended up going to this park and, most importantly, we never regret that :). The weather and the lights were stunning but again, unfortunately, my camera wasn’t with me. However, that didn’t stop us enjoying the beauty of the island and the park itself. Then we all sat and relaxed on the sport field. The kid, Raita, of our friend enjoyed the moment too.

To be continued…

Exploring NY – part 1

It’s been more than 3 months since I came to New York. As I joined my workplace within 2 days after coming here and being my wife unable to move easily and frequently due to her pregnancy, I didn’t get enough chances to go out; specially far. However, my explorer mind kept pushing me to go and look nearby.

My $99 bike from Walmart

My $99 bike from Walmart

The first great thing I did was that I bought was a bicycle from Walmart. Though I had plan to buy little expensive bike (something lightweight with aluminum frame), I ended up buying a cheap bike as everyone was warning that the area I live in is little risky and theft prune for expensive bikes(, and, unfortunately, they are right as someone already tried to steal this bike :(). Though I said cheap; it’s a very good bike and looks great. No one ever thinks that this is so cheap. Everyone I asked to guess the price; they ended up guessing about $300-$400 but actual price is $99 (I assembled it myself). My bike was my companion for all of my not-so-lone adventures.

Gateway Drive

My first lone adventure was Spring Park (not sure if name is correct), north of Belt Pkwy and opposite of Gateway Center. At that time snows were just started to go away but it was still cold resulting almost no people in the park. It was me, my bike and another mom with her child playing alone.

Spring Park, Gateway Dr.

Spring Park, Gateway Dr.

However, the cleanliness and the softness of the park just overwhelmed me. I was just thinking, how beautiful this will be when everything becomes green here. I didn’t feel alone there though no human being was with me. I was feeling just natural. I passed sometime there sitting on the bench, taking a few pictures, pumping my bike, watching birds flying, seeing the high lands on the other side, cars moving so fast outside of the park.

Seeing the highland on the other side, I was thinking the beach is nearby and attempted to go there. As I didn’t notice the bike lane that time I couldn’t go there using those high speed routes which is not legal. I kept that adventure for next time and decided to study the routes in detail before of that. However, I discovered the bike routes to beach in the same day evening when one of friend drove car through Belt Pkwy.

Time Square

Time Square

Times Square

I visited Time Square in 42nd Street with my wife and a her friend’s family. Though I liked the brightness and colorful moments there; I was just unable to figure out whether do people come here to see these ads in televisions or something else (other than eve of new year)?

The Hudson River

I love Friday in New York. There are many reasons. It’s a jummah day. It’s a last workday before weekend. On friday our office provides catered lunch which is, almost, always great :). Finally, friday evening my wife comes to my workplace and, after work, we go somewhere and return home late. So far I remember, Hudson River was the first place we conquered together. At that time our office was in W 24th Street.

The Hudson River

The Hudson River

It wasn’t far from our work. We walked together to the bank of The Hudson River from our office. I must mention one name of my co-worker here. It’s Brian Schmitz. Brian and I often run after the work. Being new, he introduces me to the different things while we run. One day he showed me the route to river bank, which I followed that go to there with my wife.

Some interesting things happened where we were there. For the first time in my life, I’ve seen a gay couple there and they were kissing each other. While we were there, my brother called me from Australia and he also told us an interesting fact about Hudson River that I wasn’t aware of earlier. Few years back a plane had to make emergency landing on the river after it’s engines blew. If you want to know more, you can see on wiki. Also this animation shows what happened that time.

Being a sunny day, which were rare in February 2014, we enjoyed the evening very much. Unfortunately, I didn’t take my camera with me on that day. So I’ve used my iPhone 4 to take some pictures.

to be continued ….