Comments on New York City--the good and bad

Aug 10th, 2009, 09:57 AM
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ellenem- great "translation"!
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Aug 10th, 2009, 11:25 AM
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On my recent trip I liked:

*Seeing fewer tattoos and piercings than in Seattle
*Beautifully kept parks
*Excellent public transportation
*Fine public art in subway stations
*Friendly locals
*Fruit stands on the street
*Great food at good prices during Restaurant Week ($24/$35)
*American Ballet Theater
*New York Philharmonic
*Ethnic restaurants with good food, service, and prices
*Amateur Night at the Apollo
*Summer Play Festival at the Public Theater (Astor Place)
*First-rate street performers
*Metropolitan Museum of Art
*New York Botanical Garden
*Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo
*Etc.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 10:05 AM
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<< Sorry I missed an other Wally suggestion:
I would recommend that the bicycle taxi's have an area to put bags and suitcases. What about attaching toilets? That way you could flag down a toilet instead of a ride. That would solve two of your problems with one idea. >>

<< I'm sure we can all agree that just moving along with your socks and sandals to your next destination would be the best thing for all involved. >>

Thanks guys. I really laughed out loud with those!

I also felt that Wally's tone was whiney. And I would never make a list of complaints after visiting another city. There's definitely more tactful ways.

Thank goodness not everyone feels the same as Wally. I just came back from walking in Central Park where I was the sole person speaking English. All the visitors I saw seemed very happy I am pleased to report.\

BTW, whatever happened to being an 'effete snob' (Spiro Agnew, circa a long time ago)?

One more btw - the one person I know who got hit by a car while jaywalking happened to have been in LA where it's a different sport all together.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Just the way Yiddish is the oommon language of Jews no matter their first tongue, sarcasm, is the second language of NY'ers. I just finished two strenuous days of jury duty. (There is nothing going on this time of year and after sitting for a whole two hours each day, we were dismissed.)

There you are in a crowded room with three hundred other Manhattanites,and when you hear roll call, it sounds like some third grade teacher making up a lesson plan for UN Day.

But when the woman reading the attendance says, "I'm sorry if I mispronounce name, but you come up here when I finished and tell the right way," Almost everyone laughed in reconition of her trouble. Just as did when we were told, "If you need the restroom the entrance is right under the of the Statue of Liberty." (There are mammouth murals on the walls depciting NYC.)

And when we were disnissed at noon and the woman in charge said,"Look, if those of you have jobs don't go back, I won't tell, if you won't tell." Everybody understood.

The jurors wait in a room that doubles as one of the courtrooms for Law and Order.

And what casual visitors unfortunately do not udnerstand is there are 8 million living in close quarters and if we did not have ways to communicate verbally and non-verbally, there would pure chaos and a lot more discord.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 12:35 PM
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You will be happy to know that I'm back in Florida. On Sunday, I took the subway from 14th Street to 125th Street and caught the bus to LGA. All for only $2.25. What a great price and it only took one hour, ten minutes.

I must admit, the people in New York were friendly that what I had expected, and I did feel save in the city. I may even come back next year, just to piss off a few of you on this site.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 01:44 PM
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I may even come back next year, just to piss off a few of you on this site.

Just send a check.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 04:08 PM
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Wally, that last comment reveals your true self...just a big old TROLL.....
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Aug 11th, 2009, 04:37 PM
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How do I set a flag to ignore any posts by a particular troll?
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Aug 11th, 2009, 06:10 PM
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Just have to say I LOVE New York city. I'm from PA, and visited NYC several times over the past few years. I have Never, ever experienced a New Yorker being rude to me.

* From trying to flag down a taxi on 6th Ave (and it took about 25 mins, lol)

* and asking the Starbucks clerk for advice on using the subway

* to visiting a homeless shelter at the Bowery (with a church group)

* to dancing at a club till the wee hours

* toy shopping at a super-packed toy store (FAO Schwartz)

* And yeah, I even bought a pack of cigars off some guy on Broadway.

I've had nothing but pleasant experiences with people all over NYC. It's an amazing place, and the people are pretty cool too. Greg
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Aug 11th, 2009, 06:16 PM
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But Greg, how did you manage to have a good time with lack of bathrooms, horn honking, etc.?
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Aug 12th, 2009, 06:51 AM
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Wally - glad to hear that you are in Florida. You may find that there is not too much horn hawking down there. Reason: The seniors ( the vast population group in florida) don't know where the horn button is. Also - have you noticed that there are lots of cars that appear to have no driver even though they are moving on the streets and highways. But look a little closer and you will see that the driver is an octogenerian woman about 4' 8" who can barely get her nose above the steering wheel.
I do hope you return to NY for some more memorable experiences. Here's one: if you haven't visited Zabar's - do it. And make sure to ask: which is the lox and which is the bagel.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 06:55 AM
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And make sure to ask: which is the lox and which is the bagel.

He may dread lox.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 08:00 AM
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"Wally - glad to hear that you are in Florida. You may find that there is not too much horn hawking down there. Reason: The seniors ( the vast population group in florida) don't know where the horn button is."

Oh, no I can tell you from experience jroth, those seniors are pretty adept at using their horns - more commonly in the shopping center parking lot at rush hour (around noon to 2pm), than on the road.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 10:02 AM
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Honestly, the horn honking didn't bother me, even a little bit. And for bathrooms, well there are Starbucks, McDonald's, etc. everywhere. So if I really needed to go, I'd just stop and grab a coffee or burger or whatever.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 12:35 PM
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Greg - I was just joking! I am truly glad that you enjoyed your stay.

Aduchamp1 and jroth - I know you boys are friends, but do you discuss set-ups for the kibbutzing online between you two? (dread lox)
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Aug 12th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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smetz - the reason you hear a lot of horn honking in shopping center parking lots is that they can't remember where they parked their car - so they hit the red alarm button on the remote that sets off their car's horn.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 02:05 PM
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Aduchamp1 and jroth - I know you boys are friends, but do you discuss set-ups for the kibbutzing online between you two? (dread lox)

I swear not. (See you at the svitz bath, Joe.)

Sometimes you just get a softabll.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 02:38 PM
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Excuse me sir, but it's schvitz.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 03:28 PM
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Oh Schvitz, I spelled it wrong. (Now YOU are a straight woman. In the comedy sense. I know nothing about you to think otherwise, however. Now I am deep in deep schvitz.)
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Aug 13th, 2009, 03:17 AM
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Adu - Isn't Jury Duty fun? What visitors don't realize is that the Courts are public buildings and that after passing through security there are clean restrooms, art on the ceiling and they can even attend trials -- The ultimate great off off off Broadway reality shows.

Last year - with a couple of private clients - we went to the courthouse to use the restrooms and met a lady judge who invited us to a pot hole trial. It was a great break in a day of intense running around and sightseeing.
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