Thursday, September 22, 2011

NYC and UN week

I spent most of yesterday in New York City. It was not a good thing to do. It's UN week in Manhattan and it seemed like everything was closed off on the east side for the international dignitaries to get to and from their hotels. President Obama was in town too to address the UN gathering.

I went where they do not go, under ground into the subways. Most of the notable diplomats use limos. I could walk faster than traffic on the east side avenues.

At lunch I did sit next to two Russian gentlemen who split a bottle of vodka. They drank it like wine. I was impressed. They walked out of the restaurant in a straight line.

The avenues and cross streets were filled with pedestrian foreigners with cameras and chatter. I did stop into the Apple Store and it was filled with foreigners buying, buying and buying.

Down in the subways it was a different story, but a familiar one to New Yorkers. There were people in shorts and suits, with ear buds and ear phones, eating and sleeping, standing and sitting, talking and staring, old, young and everything in-between.

If you want to experience New York you must ride the subway.

If you want to experience New York as a global city come anytime, but especially during UN week.

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