NYC Photo News photographers were at the Chinese Lunar New Year parade on January 29th as Chinese-Americans ushered in "The Year of the Dragon." True to form the parade was an eclectic mix of floats, beauty queens, marching bands with an Hispanic dance group thrown in for good measure.

The People's Republic of China was well represented and rumors circulated that the reason no Falon Gong marchers were allowed was because of the mainland China presence. A police officer confided to one of our photographers that there was a special unit assigned to keep Falon Gong marchers out of the parade. More photos at www.nycphotonews.com

Spectators touching a Red Dragon for good  luck at the 2012 Chinese New Year parade in New York City

"Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro supervising his crew as they hoist his cake onto a float at the 2012 Chinese New Year parade in New York City

Spectators trying to touch a yellow dragon for good luck at the 2012 Chinese New Year parade in New York City

State Senator Marty Golden greeting constituents at the 2011 Chinese New Year parade in New York City

Young members of an Hispanic dance troupe in the 2012 Chinese New Year parade in New York City

Rollerblader Marni Halasa at the 2012 Chinese New Year parade in New York City

Man wearing 2012 glasses at the 2012 Chinese New Year parade in New York City



Several hundred demonstrators gathered at Union Square Park for an "Occupy 4 Jobs" rally and march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As the march threaded its way around Union Square Park more and more police were added to the mix. At various points along the way police would arrest a couple demonstrators.

By the end of the march police officers outnumbered demonstrators by a wide margin.

NYC Photo News was there to cover the demonstration from beginning to end.

Demonstrator arrested in front of the Bank of American on 14th Street

Demonstrators march across 14th Street

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Young girl holding sign being led away by her mother

Musicians serenade the crowd at Union Square

NYC Photo News was there as New York City celebrated Three Kings Day with a parade in East Harlem.

The day, also known as the Epiphany, celebrates the biblical journey of the three kings to Bethlehem who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and is widely celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries.

The parade route stretched from 106th St. and Madison Ave. to 115th St and Park Ave. and featured politicians, floats, camels, a marching band, and multiple "Three Kings" including three stilt-walking kngs.

The parade was sponsored by El Museo del Barrio.

A group of three kings in the Three Kings Parade in East Harlem

Camels from the Dawn Animal Agency in the Three Kings Parade in East Harlem

A stilt-walking king greets the crowd during the Three Kings Parade in East Harlem

Congressman Jose Serrano in the Three Kings Parade in East Harlem

Three kings riding on a float in the Three Kings Parade in East Harlem

Guardian Angels have their photo taken with City Comptroller John Liu at the Three Kings Parade

Guardian Angels gaze up at giant three kings puppets at the Three Kings Parade in East Harlem

The police freed the famous Wall Street Bull from the barricades surrounding it on Monday, January 2nd, if only for a brief time.

After three months behind barricades, the famous statue was temporarily set free for a ceremony commemorating the 22nd anniversary of this popular tourist attraction in New York's financial district. During the short time it was free tourists flocked to the statue to have their pictures taken with the iconic statue.

The three-and-a-half ton bronze statue has been off limits to the public since the Occupy Wall Street protests began in September.  Police feared that the statue could be damaged so barricades were placed around it for its protection.

After the ceremony the barricades were quickly put back in place.

NYC Photo News was their as crowds of tourists surrounded the statue.

Plenty of replicas but the real thing has been behind bars
The rear was as popular as the front
Police Officer watches the crowds flock to the bull statue
Crowds of tourist had their photo taken with the unbarricaded bull
Celebrating Italy's gift to Wall Street

More than 1,200 intrepid bathers made the dash into the ocean at Coney Island, wearing everything from bikinis to Santa suits, as thousands of spectators cheered from the beach during the annual New Year's Day swim.

The Polar Bears, who were used to braving wind, snow, and subzero temperatures on the Coney Island beach, were instead treated to a balmy 51-degree day. The water was a bit chillier at 45 degrees.

They came in all shapes, sizes, genders, and ages and NYC Photo News was there both in the water and on the beach.

More photos of the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day swim at nycphotonews.com

Bathers sprint into the chilly waters off Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

Sign carrying bathers prepare to enter the chilly waters off Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

Man in yellow costume running in the surf on Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

Bathers make a dash for the chilly waters off Coney Island during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim

Bathers begin a dash toward the chilly waters off Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim


Young man selling cotton candy on Coney Island Beach during the 2012 Polar Bear Club swim