Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chinese New Year: 2014 The Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year: 2014
The Year of the Horse
4712 (or 2014) is the year of the horse

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014.

Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

A Charming New Year

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. Rembrandt, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Chopin, Sandra Day O'Connor, and President Theodore Roosevelt were born in the year of the horse.

Fireworks and Family Feasts

At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.

The Lantern Festival

In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other's homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year's Eve. In the United States, however, many early Chinese immigrants arrived without their families, and found a sense of community through neighborhood associations instead. Today, many Chinese-American neighborhood associations host banquets and other New Year events.

The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.

In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon—which might stretch a hundred feet long—is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets. In the United States, where the New Year is celebrated with a shortened schedule, the dragon dance always takes place on a weekend. In addition, many Chinese-American communities have added American parade elements such as marching bands and floats.

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Even if you are just getting dropped off you still need a parking pass .

There are no drop off points

New York New York , Remember drivers must have a parking permit  . It is suggested you leave 3 full hours of travel time to the stadium (and security).  The game starts at 6pm , the staff of the Ridgewood blog suggests the latest arrival time 4:30pm.

∙ON-SITE PARKING PASSES can be purchased here for $150.[event_id]=6640&search[vehicle_type_id]=1

Right now the only passes available are for car/van/SUV/town car’s under 15 feet long.

·OFF-SITE PARKING PASSES can be purchased here and include wrist bands that will get the guest onto a shuttle bus from the off-site parking to the stadium grounds.

Prices for off-site parking vary depending on how many wristbands the guests require.  Prices start at $225 (1 vehicle with 2 wrist bands). 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Private Transportation to the Super Bowl

Private Transportation to the Super Bowl

Private transportation to the Super Bowl is going to be a nightmare. Traffic will be nuts and parking will be even worse. Urge guests to take public transportation if at all possible. See Jeremy’s email for public trans options.

These are things you need to know about private transportation…

There will be no pick up/drop off service to the Meadowlands on 2/1/14 or 2/2/14 done by any car company. There is no location at the Meadowlands complex that will permit vehicles to pull over and drop off/pick up passengers.

Private vehicles will need parking passes. They are available online for purchase on the NFL’s website (while supplies last) for between $150-$350. They can’t be resold as they are tied to the guest’s ticket number. .

Friday, January 3, 2014

Statue of Liberty National Monument & Ellis Island Service Advisory:

Statue of Liberty National Monument & Ellis Island Service Advisory:

January 3, 2014 - Weather Advisory - Due to the Winter Storm the National Park Service has suspended ferry service for Friday, January 3, 2014.  Ferry Service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will resume on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

On Monday, October 28, 2013, Ellis Island has reopened to the public for the first time since Hurricane Sandy.  Open areas inside the Ellis Island Immigration Museum include the Great Hall and the Peopling of America exhibit.  Outside, visitors can stroll the Wall of Honor and take in fabulous views of Manhattan.  Elevator access to the second floor is not available but should be restored by early 2014.    

Statue Cruises offers year round daily service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, minimal wait time to enter the screening facilities at either Battery Park, New York and Liberty State Park, New Jersey.  We strongly suggest you book in advance to guarantee access inside the Statue of Liberty with a Crown Ticket or Pedestal/Museum Pass.

Please keep in mind that you will be on your feet for most of your visit and that you will be travelling by boat.  Boat decks also can somtimes be wet and, of course, you will have to walk along a gangplank to board and to disembark from the boat.  Please consider appropriate footwear during your visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Statue Cruises recommends against wearing open-toe footwear and flip flops for safety reasons.