Photo by myself in Union Square.
This weekend I encountered a Taiwanese festival in Union Square.
Groups of performers danced to traditional music, wearing brightly colored costumes. There were crowds of onlookers and vendors selling Taiwanese food.
One performer stood on a chair to get a better view of the dancers on stage.
One of the best things about New York is its cultural diversity.
Somehow, various cultures are able to co-exist and thrive. Various neighborhoods are identified by their inhabitants - there's a large Russian community in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Meanwhile Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and Chinatown in Manhattan, are known for their Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian and Vietnamese populations.
There's a Koreatown, there's Little Italy, there's Little India. The Hassidem have settled near WIlliamsburg.
In a large city, it's easy to feel lost. But here, you are however you define yourself - a student, a businessperson, an artist, a member of a religious group, a member of an ethnic group, a New Yorker.
Related posts: The Dragon Parade on Mott Street, Peace to All and A Careful Choice, in Chinatown.