Hope everybody had a Happy Halloween!
Mine was sort of abortive. NYC has this very famous crazy Halloween parade down in the famous crazy West Village every year, people go all out on costumes and there are some great ones, some funny, some beautiful, many very dirty but hysterical, and then there are giant puppets, marching bands, and all sorts of stuff. I don't go to this very often even though I don't work far from the route; usually I get enough of a Halloween kick just seeing the costumes on the subways, in the streets, and at the office. New York people really get into their Halloween. This year I was feeling a bit of a yen to go for some reason, so I brought my camera and had a book to read while I waited for the parade to start. I went but then I gave up.
I did give it the good old college try, I'm not crazy about mob scenes, which a lot of the NYC parades tend to be (you couldn't pay me enough to go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade), and when I got there the crowd was already four deep along the barricades in the streets, four deep on the sidewalk, and with the gap between the two rapidly filling in. Still, everyone was being very calm and civil about the sardinefest, so I inserted myself and waited for probably half an hour. At that point a really obnoxious little pack of junior high school girls pulled in behind me and the atmosphere instantly went from tedious to trying - after fifteen minutes of gritting my teeth and biting my tongue I decided it just wasn't worth the aggravation and headed home.
I also tried and failed to see one of those famous Banksy art thingies we've had going on in the city. Awesome night.
Woman in SoHo tends to her pet giant bioluminescent cnidarian.
Vendor of illuminated toys and trifles, Union Square
Back home at Newkirk Plaza.
Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!