2005_09_dalailama.jpgThe Dalai Lama was in town yesterday to receive a key to NYC - maybe this was his way of celebrating his 70th birthday! The ceremony took place in front of the Farley Post Office, site of the future Moynihan Station, because of the Dalai Lama's friendship with the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and he said, "With the opening of this new station here in the future, it will contribute to the joy and also to the greater ease for the movement of the people of this city." Selfishly, Gothamist wishes the Dalai Lama could guilt the State government into rethinking its financial support (as in, giving some) to the MTA, but, really, we'll take whatever spiritual guidance he can give us.

The Dalai Lama also tried some roasted corn from a street vendor on Eighth Avenue. The Dalai Lama likes street food, too - NYC hearts the Dalai Lama! He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989; here is more information about Dalai Lama(s) and a CNN web package about him.

Photograph from Newsday