So we’ve taken a trip to New York City. We are definitely not city people. Rube is a word that pops into my head on this trip. We are visiting the boy, who now lives there. He has been explaining the societal norms of city living to us, to good effect, more or less. My husband still engages total strangers in conversation.
Some of my first impressions of the city are that it is not what I expected, or if it is, maybe I am not what I expected. First, I thought cities were “food deserts”, with little to no access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Maybe there is a bit less access in Manhattan, but in Queens, where we are staying, there are little food markets on every corner, both actual grocery stores and fresh food stands. Of course, there are also restaurants every other building, both healthy type ones and some not so. We had excellent greek food, at a place named “Crave”. We had Dallas BBQ. We had good Thai food at the Red Basil. I can’t make a comparison with other Thai food, as this was my first try at commercially prepared.
The city is a bit overwhelming in scale and scope. For a country mouse I just had to put both my personal space and my expectations of space in general on hold. It was easier than I thought. The city is just so full of everything. People, stores, dogs, streets, noise, interesting sites, restaurants, and more. We had plans of things we wanted to do. Today we were going to see a Broadway show, the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. The show we wanted to see was sold out, we tried a few other places with no luck. We spent most of the day at the museum, took a break for lunch and a walk in the park, and spent another hour there. Having spent most of the day there, it is hard to believe that we barely scratched the surface. We saw one floor, the planetarium show (awesome! Well worth it.) and a bit more of the space area. The museum is HUGE.
Again, at the park, it was a case of just getting a taste of it. We saw the lake, climbed on the rocks, and took a tiny bit of a walk.
Prior to doing that, we saw Times square and Rockefeller center. We saw the NBC studio, down the road we saw the Fox studio-both from the outside. Maybe it was the influence of being surrounded by all the native New Yorkers, but it seemed rather unimpressive. Maybe it is the great effort the city puts into impressing you with itself, that it dwarfs these other attempts. Maybe I’m just too old to be awed by pomp and circumstance. OOoh, look, a famous person. Yup, looks like a person. Speaking of that, we saw an improve show with two members of the 30 rock cast, and while they were funny and it was a good show, the fact they were famous failed to wow me. I wonder if it would have been different if I’d have seen the TV show.
While rent in the city is as high as everyone says, the rest of living here is far more affordable than one would expect. Clothes and food are quite reasonable. There are discount stores, thrift shops and other low priced options for anything you need. Travel is more expensive, especially for tourists like us, we aren’t going to buy a monthly metro pass. We bought some nice things, and didn’t spend much. Because there are so many restaurants and bakeries, food could get expensive, the temptation to eat out is great.
Part two is coming tomorrow.