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Friday, June 5, 2009

Soap Bubbles, Chinatown

Bubbles, Canal Street
Photo by myself on Canal Street, in Chinatown.

A couple of guys were selling soap bubble guns for $5 each, the other day.

As Mark was driving by to get to the Manhattan Bridge, I snapped a quick photo.

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For some reason, Chinatown is synonymous for 'cheap stuff' in many peoples' minds.

Along Canal Street, the most accessible drag, open storefronts line each side of the street, selling famous-label handbags, hats, jewelry, fake license plates and other doodads. Visitors wander down the sidewalk in packs, checking out the merchandise, while hawkers show off their goods.

There are other neighborhoods that offer inexpensive items as well, but Canal Street has a reputation as the place to go. And so the sidewalks are usually impassable because of the crowds.

Related posts: On the Sidewalk, Chinatown, Selling Grapes on Canal Street and There's a Moon Out Tonight.

9 comments:

TC said...

$5 for a bubble!!! That's a Ponzi Scheme!lol. My son is crazy for soap bubbles. Like always, great photo Kitty.

Laurent said...

It could be anywhere in Africa but in NY !

Ken Mac said...

love the Rich - - - on top. Old signage makes my day

elsiee said...

I must confess in my heart NO trip to NYC is complete without a couple of hours on Canal Street - I'm such a tourist "sigh"...

spandrel studios said...

When I was there at Christmastime, the hawkers were more aggressive than I remember... They're very in-your-face! But I agree, it feels like there's a bargain to be had everywhere you turn.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I like the bubble machine guys expression.

-K- said...

I guess I'm repeating the previous comment but the bubble man's face is perfect.

Fredrik said...

You can read the Meaningless in this guys face. Great picture!

peenkfrik said...

I bought all my key chains here. :)