The Bastille Day Celebration, or La Fete Nationale, is a time-honored tradition in New York City that has grown to become a week-long celebration. It marks the anniversary of the French storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, and the celebrations continue to this day, across the pond. From street fairs to chocolatiers, here are thirteen ways you can celebrate Bastille Day in New York City all throughout this week. Vive La France!
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By Abdessamad Kharmaj
Community Associate at NYC Department of Records
In recent years, “Syria” and “Syrians” have become associated with destroyed houses, refugees, war crimes, and terror. Luckily, this was not the case at the end of the 19th century in New York City, where immigrants from the Middle East established the first vibrant and productive community of Arab Americans in the United States called “Little Syria.”
New York City’s iconography is full of beavers. Two tiny beavers adorn New York City’s flag. Beaver Street is one of the city’s oldest thoroughfares. At the Astor Place station on the 6 line, dozens of beavers can be seen carved into the walls. City College’s mascot is Bennie the Beaver. The lumpy little beaver is even the official state animal of New York. What’s probably most surprising however, is that real-life beavers can actually be seen in New York City – specifically on the Bronx River and usually around sunset – busily paddling around, doing their dam thing.
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As in all cities, space is a commodity in New York City. So finding enough room to let your furry friend run free can be challenging. Although these dogs might be city dwellers, as any owner knows, it is still important for their dogs to regularly exercise, socialize, and spend time outdoors. These ten dog parks, located around New York City, are free of cost and will have your pup begging for a w-a-l-k.