Only In New York

I will be spending this week in New York, in Manhattan, and I have already seen a few things that in the normal course of daily life in Toronto would be “strange”.

> I and Rhea were on our way to my friend’s house in a cab and, not surprisingly, the cab driver almost crashed into a cyclist! If you have been for a ride on a cab in New York, you know what I am talking about. It’s literally a roller coaster ride. Anyway, it was clearly the cab driver’s fault and the shouting match that ensued after the driver stepped out of the cab was bound to end up in someone getting beaten up. I stayed in the cab for a minute or so, with my daughter and asking her to look away as I was sure that, based on the anger of the cab driver and the cyclist, a fight was about to start. But a minute later, both the cyclist and the cab driver were shaking hands and giving each other hugs!!! Only In New York!!

> Went for a run along FDR to Brooklyn bridge and back. It was a super duper hot day but it as it was one of the few hot days in New York (so I was told), the running route was crowded with runners, cyclists and walkers. The funny thing I noticed was almost 7 out of 10 walkers who were dressed like they were out for a power walk, were smoking away!!! It was the strangest oxymoron I ever saw. Out for a healthy walk and smoking at the sametime. Only in New York!!

So Where Did I Disappear To?

  • Because I am between jobs, I and my daughter moved to New York City to visit my wife.
  • In the first few days of living in NYC, realised that this city is actually quite a beast.
  • The cliche “city never sleeps” is so, so, so, so, true.
  • Looking for the punk/rock music scene for a parent, with a child in tow constantly, is not easy.
  • Central park totally rocks!!!
  • Navigating the streets is so freaking easy.
  • The subway system is at least 10 larger than the one in Toronto and twice as cheap.
  • People ARE friendly despite what you might have heard.
  • City is both the cleanest and the dirtiest I have ever scene.
  • Saw a homeless man eat out of a garbage can in front of Macy’s on the 5th Avenue.
  • Booze shops and eating joints are everywhere. Still have to find a decent used book store.
  • Natural History¬† Museum is absolutely awesome. Do not take young ones with you or spouses who get bored within 20 minutes of being there.
  • Runners rule the roost here.
  • Some of the women are stunning.
  • Some of the men put me to shame.
  • Love the fact that I can walk into a grocery store and buy beer.
  • Hate the fact the selection of beer is nowhere nearly enough. The Beer Stores in Canada are much, much better.
  • The price of beer is about 75% of what it is in Canada.
  • Tried Sushi here and have fallen in love with it.
  • Living places are tiny and expensive.
  • Kid’s parks are everywhere but they are really dirty.
  • Large South Asian population here.
  • Noticed that most of the obese people are black. Why?

More later……on the whole, I really like New York but cannot see myself living there.