The grill is out and the hot dogs and burgers are slapped on, marking the start of summer for many.
For this week’s challenge, I decided to wait until this weekend was over. This being Memorial Day weekend in the United States, it’s often referred as the unofficial start of summer. When I think of summer, I think of this weekend when the masses all across America partake in various outdoor festivities like barbecues, swimming at the beaches and pools, vacationing with family, riding a bike, catching a movie or simply spending time with friends and family.
This weekend also reminds us that the freedoms we now enjoy come at an all too heavy price. This is the weekend where we get to remember and honor the countless soldiers that died defending this country so that we may all enjoy the freedom we often take for granted. When I think of summer, I think of this weekend. What I did was simply go out with the family and strolled the streets of Greenwich Village, mid-town on Broadway and Times Square.
A quiet stroll between mother and daughter down a virtually empty street near Times Square.
Catching a Piano man and Dog show on Spring Street.
Vendors of all sorts line the crowded streets of Manhattan.
Spectators watch the chess masters play in the Village.
Taking a stroll in Washington Square Park and people watch.
Street magic at Washington Square Park.
Street art as an artist “paints” with sand.
Singing “Hare Krishna” in the park.
Vendors sells their various wares in packed stalls in the Village.
Whether it’s t-shirts, artwork, clothing, bags, books, food or even exotic spices, the vendors come out in full force this weekend.
Another street fair down the streets of Broadway between 72nd street and 86th street.
A vocal competition on Broadway as the lady belts out a powerful and beautiful opera for the crowd.
In Times Square, the Naked Cowboy branches out and makes a business out of his “brand”. Not too sure if it was a good idea.
In Times Square, the armed forces showed the crowd their equipment and engaged with them. This Marine shows a young man his weapon and armor.
The crowd on this packed day enjoyed what the men in uniform had to offer.
Taking a quick glimpse of the High Line, a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.
Above all, this unofficial start of summer signifies the sacrifices men and women all over the world have made so that we may enjoy our freedoms.