This city I take for granted

I work in Lower Manhattan. I have a job that happens to be located down there, so there I go. Whenever one goes to the same place every day, the trip is done by rote – it’s automatic.  A while back it began to dawn on me how fortunate I was to be working in an area filled with history significant to people around the world – indeed, tourists are abound, taking snapshots of these historic locations, trying to create enduring memories of their trip to New York City.

Spending a lifetime living in New York City has a way of desensitizing one to the vast quantity of famous places all around us. Much conversation has taken place among native New Yorkers about how irritating it can be with all of “these tourists” overflowing “our” streets, wont to stop on a dime to take a picture of  some building or statue.

To name just a few of the world-famous locations I see on a daily basis, I pass the World Trade Center, the Trump Building, the “Charging Bull”, Federal Hall (location of the first inauguration of George Washington (along with the statue of him outside the building),  Trinity Church (which includes the grave of Alexander Hamilton), the New York Stock Exchange, and so many more.

I might be in the minority here, but sometimes I wish I were there when Wall Street had a wall, when Canal Street had a canal, and when Beaver Street had, errr, beavers? Whenever I am lost in such reverie, I try to remind myself that indoor plumbing, brushing teeth, regular bathing, garbage collection, and sewers weren’t standard in many of these times.

As usual, I digress. It’s often so easy to get used to things that we see all the time. I imagine it’s a natural progression. We may not look up at the tall buildings, towering well above our grasp. We may not look down at the ground where battles were fought and rights were won. The familiar loses its majesty.

Sometimes it’s important to break from your routine, and open your eyes to the history and beauty around us.


NYC Subway countdown clocks are in testing! (Pictures)

Some would say it’s about time we have some idea when the next train is supposed to show up, but I love the idea of the system. It’s currently being tested at a few stations.

Photos courtesy of NYCTSubwayScoop:

NYC To Get Subway Clocks!

Waiting for Subway

It’s always been a source of frustration having no idea when the next subway train is going to arrive. Thankfully, the MTA is starting a $200 million project that should have countdown clocks in over 150 stations, which would be really nice.

leaning over subway track

I guess it wouldn’t be that necessary in the mornings, when most trains come every few minutes. It would be very helpful at night, or on Sundays, when it seems like the trains come once every Chinese calendar. Not that I think it’d stop people from leaning over the tracks, as though their hanging precariously in space will make the train arrive sooner. (see above photo)

I also wonder how accurate it would end up being. My guess is that you’d end up with some pretty wildly inaccurate numbers. We shall see.

CBS Article

Costo hits Manhattan, starting today

Costco Manhattan

Costco Manhattan

We passed this on the highway yesterday and wondered when it was going to open. The answer is today, apparently.

Part of the article from the New York Post:

Manhattan bulks up, Costco style

Need 64 ounces of soy sauce ($4.89), 128 ounces of Hellmann’s mayonnaise ($10.59) or 80 ounces of Hidden Valley Ranch ($8.89)?

Probably not.

But starting today, if you’re ever in a pinch and want three pounds of almonds ($9.69), five liters of olive oil ($19.99) or 192 ounces of organic milk ($8.99), there’s a one-stop shop a short subway ride uptown, just waiting to fulfill your bulk-buy needs.

The first Manhattan Costco, located on 116th Street off the FDR, throws open its doors to shoppers at 8 a.m. today.

Featuring more than 105,000 square feet of selling floor, a selection of more than 3,500 different products, a massive fresh-food department, a pharmacy, a doctor-staffed optical department, a hearing aid area, a photo center and a food court, it’s the embodiment of all our big-box suburban shopping fantasies.

For the rest of the article, click here.