Street Mobs and Adventures in Little Italy

A little fact about me:

I recently moved to Midtown Manhattan, so I have become pretty accustomed to navigating large crowds. Well, on most days.  I actually was walking to work this morning and thinking to myself, “Wow! I really have got a hang of this whole weaving in and out of crowds thing”…when I found myself stumbling over a giant potted plant. But really? Whose bright idea was it to put an abnormally large potted plant on a high traffic NYC side walk?


Like I was saying, I have become pretty great at navigating these large crowds. This came in handy earlier this evening, as I decided to venture down to the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy. The funny thing about New York is that you could be on a very empty street one minute, then you turn a corner and all of a sudden it’s like the stampede scene from the Lion King.

Ok, maybe a little dramatic. But you get the picture.

The festival was definitely crowded, but it was a slow moving crowd which ended up working out in our favor. We were able to take our time checking out the food stands, and enjoying all the beautifully lit streets!

san gennaro

One of the main reasons I begged my friend to go to the festival was because I heard they would have one of my favorite childhood county fair pastimes–zeppoles. If you’ve never had a zeppole, they’re basically little pieces of fried heaven covered in powdered sugar. Amazing.  After a long, crowded search, we finally found a zeppole stand that was to my liking. I of course got a little too excited, and asked my friend to take a picture of me eating the first bite. In all my eagerness, I really didn’t think about the fact that they were burning hot and straight off the fryer. So with a few snaps of the camera, two of the funniest candid photos of me were created:


zeppole 2

Lets just say I won’t be eating zeppoles again for a little while.

After the scarring zeppole experience, I decided to head toward a safer food choice. In the process, I found the perfect little mini cannoli that made my burnt mouth trauma all worth it.


The festival was so much fun, and a great chance to explore Little Italy. I’ll honestly be heading down one more time before to weekends over to try more of the amazing food. If you live in the New York area, the festival ends September 21st! I highly recommend it, just…think twice before eating a zeppole.

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