New York is one of a handful of cities across the globe where you can go back again and again, and both feel immediately at home and discover something new around every corner. (The Hudson river, between Tribeca and Soho; “Noy Joysey” across the water). (To my NJ friends: no offense meant, I just love accents)
I lived in New York for a few months after Grad School. Looking for a job. Every morning I would go to the bank across from the Public Library, change a few bucks for a handful of dimes, then go to the phone booths inside the Library and start calling to get an interview. “No, Mr. So-and-so is not available, please send your résumé by mail…” Post. No e-mail then. “Certainly. Who should I send it to?” Why the phone booths inside the library? Warm. Quiet. No traffic noise, a wooden bench to sit down. Comfy. I felt like I had an office in Mid-town Manhattan. Now, in these days of E-verything, the booths were still there last time I went to the Library.
Alexander McQueen, somewhere on 5th.
I crashed at friends’ flats, uptown, midtown, east, west, upstate New York, New Jersey. As I got further and further away from the centre of the world, I would commute in the morning, land at Grand Central, go to the bank, get my dimes, walk to my “office” at the Public Library, and start calling and calling and calling. 🙂
The High Line (above and below)
I got to learn the City inside out. Even went with a bunch of Brit friends to a Bob Marley concert wayyy up town, around 135th street. “Babylon by car”. One the most fabulous concerts I’ve ever attended. 🙂 New York is to-day’s Babylon. Not the Bible’s Babylon of harlots, just to-day’s greatest city on Earth, as Babylon was in its time.
A Brooklyn squirrel, not an endangered species.
Near Bryant Park
Above and below: the Brooklyn Bridge.
I eventually ran our of money. 🙂 I confess I didn’t think about waiting on tables. Silly me. (I should have taken the optional course “How to survive in New York 501”)
So I went back home to Frogland. Knowing that at least there would be food on the table while I eventually found a job over there. No harm done.
Times Square. Back in the days of Chairman Mao, Xin-Hua was the official Chinese press agency fighting capitalism in every article, now it has a shining ad on Times Square… 🙂
I have gone back to New York countless times. For fun or work. And every time it is the same thrill, like coming home. And I always remember – with a smile – the first rule of survival in New York: “Mind your own business” (Get outta my way!) and the second rule: Enjoy… 🙂
“Occupy Wall street!” Bryant Park.
The defense rests your Honor. Ain’t no other city like New York.
The usual (c).
Enjoy the rest of your week.