New York, New York

These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it - New York, New York

~ Frank Sinatra ~

In Chinatown, there seems to be more life per sq. km (or sq. miles, if you'd prefer) than anywhere else on the island.   

Pre-warned against having food at shady looking places, the sights and smells (and prices) seduced me into establishments that weren't Mono-Sodium-Glutamate shy. 

Although the Italians from Little Italy that is being gobbled up by Chinatown might beg to differ, Chinatown is not Chinese-only, I came across a few Jew-owned shops in its southern fringes, as also workers and residents (and bargain hunting shoppers) of all ethnicities all over Chinatown.

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 The Manhattan Skyline

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Excepting exceptions, the clichéd image of New Yorkers as a bunch of super busy go-getters manifests itself on to the streets, especially at lunch hour, when people pour out of offices bringing their work out with them, ears glued to their phones. 

There were almost as many pretty girls in NY as there were in Rome and certainly more than in London (I don't judge, really). As pretty girls are most sensitive about privacy invasion issues (Google Maps was sued for showing one when she was not at her best) I have not put their snaps up.

 

 The MET  and the MoMA

So, New York does not have a great collection of old European Masters. There are hardly an Michaelangelos, Leonardos and Raphaels aside from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Louvre, Uffizi and Co. beat it hands down. At the same time, it does have a awesome collection of Modern and Post-Modern Art, Pop Art, Post Impressionistic Art.. every form of art that came out after the Americans got rich.  

 

The New York Public Library

By far the best place in the city to study, surf, search and sleep. If I ever live in New York, a membership here will be one of the first things I get.

The rules say no flash (as righteous old librarians kept reminding me), which was quite fine;  all I had to do was to increase the exposure times for the snaps. But then, life here was already in slow motion, so slow shutter speeds were quite alright.