Happy Monday Everyone!
I am back from my whirl wind random trip to NYC this past weekend. I’m going to be breaking NYC down into two posts. This first one is going to be themed around the festival and the second will be themed around Hobokan, NJ. Now onto the festival!
The Feast of San Gennaro is a festival that commemorates the Italian celebration for St. Januaris, the patron saint of Naples. The festival was a way for Italian immigrants to upkeep their tradition of celebrating. This little festival has now grown into a 11 day spectacular of food, shopping and camaraderie.
One of my biggest tips for attending this festival is to have a lot of cash on hand. A lot of the vendors that I encountered were cash only. You could get descent slices of pizza for $3-4, sausage sandwiches for around $10, arcini balls were $12 for 6 and cannolis ranged from $4-6 on average. There is pretty much any type of italian food and then some that you could imagine. There were also some local restaurants that set up additional eating outside for the festival (prices start around $16 for a pasta entree).
This is a very crowded festival so be prepared to be elbow to elbow at times for the full length of Mulberry. It really was a nice event for everyone. They had some festival rides and games that my six year old enjoyed. They also had tall frozen drinks for the adults!
Getting down to Little Italy from Penn Station was a bit of a struggle. I would normally take the subway but since Olivia had done a lot of walking around up to that point, I decided to go with an uber. The uber took about 25 minutes because of how congested the traffic was but Olivia seemed to enjoy all the sights.
Overall it was a really great experience. It is definitely something I would suggest doing at least once in your lifetime. New York City is truly a sight to be hold and everyone should see it at least once in their life. I encourage you to walk the streets, get a slice of some great pizza (make sure you eat it folded like a true New Yorker) and be ready to experience the Big Apple!