Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New York - Initial Thoughts

After many visits to the New York metro area on business, this holiday season we've taken the plunge to visit for fun. We're in Midtown Manhattan for a day or two (or three).

After an abortive attempt to fly up (Expedia, you failed us), we re-booked on a later flight and made it only five hours later than originally planned. No big deal. For all the jokes about New York cab drivers, I've never had a single one that wasn't courteous and helpful to a fault. Mr. Wellhouse, a 60-something Jamaican immigrant, was no exception -- quite the tour guide and concierge, nattily dressed in proper wool trousers, tweed sportcoat, and matching flat cap.

Initial thoughts:

- New York (particularly Manhattan) is unique in the US, if not all of North America, because it simultaneously conjures up the history and feel of a gritty European city, yet has a very distinct melting pot flavor.

- Because of its size and relative cultural importance, there are amenities and displays that exist no where else. From Macy's 'Miracle on 34th Street' window display (because, after all, it's on 34th) to the complete ferris wheel inside the Toys R Us on Times Square, if you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist.

- We've decided to visit during one of the busiest times of the year.

More photos to come (if my dying camera holds up).


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