(South Ferry, Manhattan)
It’s dangerous to run for the train. You could slip and hurt yourself really badly. But everyone that runs for the train and makes it in just before the doors close always grins like a madman afterwards. So, maybe it’s worth the risk.(Bowling Green Station, Manhattan)
I was 8 or 9 the first time I ever rode this escalator, which was the longest I’d ever seen. I was with my Grandma who could barely speak English — much less read it — but somehow she knew where we were going. We were probably heading to Chinatown, where she worked for several years in a garment factory with two dozen other old Chinese ladies. While she worked, I’d run around the sweatshop, nap, read Chinese comics, and — best of all — eat lunch with her from the cool metal containers she brought from home.It was the late 1970s and I can only imagine now how filthy and seedy Times Square and the subway must have been, to say nothing of a Chinatown sweatshop. But all I can remember is how fun it was to spend a day with my Grandma in New York. (Times Sq Station, Manhattan)
What are you looking forward to?
All summer, I was looking forward to the day this little restaurant near my office, “Tony’s,” opened back up. I’d discovered it earlier in the year, probably in the spring, and they had this huge, and I mean, HUGE Italian Sub for six bucks-even! Cappicola, salami, proscuitto, peppers, mozz…the works. There were at least five different meats in there. It was awesome.And then, for reasons unbeknownst to me, the store closed up, and a sign advertising the opening of a new restaurant appeared. I thought that maybe they were just changing their name, or the rent got too high and they moved…I couldn’t really get a straight answer from the construction workers.About a week ago, I took my weekly visit over there (I had been checking back on Tony pretty frequently) and the new restaurant had opened. I sauntered in with a buddy of mine and politely asked the dude in charge, “What happened to Tony?” The dude replies, “He died.” I was in shock. “He DIED!!??” To which he responded, “No, no. He RETIRED. He just got too old.”Too old to make sandwiches!? What the hell. And thus, my favorite lunching spot vanished into thin air. So I guess, to answer your question, I’m really looking forward to the day Tony comes out of retirement. Or, at least, the day another place near my office offers a gimongous sandwich at an affordable price.
What song have you been listening to most lately?
Hmmm. This is a tough one. I’m not one to listen to a song over and over again, really. Records? Definitely. And by “records,” I mean, complete albums on my iPod. I’ve been listening to The Black Keys a bunch, particularly Rubber Factory and Thickfreakness. But it’s sort of unfair to the other albums I tend to play repeatedly because I often listen to a band a bunch before I go and see them. And I happen to be going to a Black Keys show tonight. Neat, huh.
What do you believe with all your heart to be true, but can’t prove?
God doesn’t exist. I don’t really wanna get into it more than that, but there you go.
(Apple Store SoHo, Manhattan)
I just bought my parents the spanking new iMac G5 (with built-in iSight, woohoo!) to replace their aging Gateway Astro, which itself is a knock-off of the original iMac . Although I only got in a few hours with the machine before sending it off to them, it seems like a winner.(Note: it’s the one in the middle.)
In his four years in office, Mayor Bloomberg has made government more efficient and transparent, kept crime down, and — most importantly to me — taken control of the schools. I think he’s done great work.His opponents have tried to paint him as out-of-touch rich guy that caters to his fellow elite, but fortunately most New Yorkers see right through these desperate, personal attacks. We know that rich people can buy their way out of dangerous neighborhoods, bad schools, and inefficient government services. The rest of us can’t. Fixing these things means the City works better for all of everyone, especially the poor. Bloomberg’s done plenty of this much-needed fixing, and he deserves four more years to keep at it.I’m happy to vote to re-elect him on Tuesday and I hope you’ll vote for him, too. (B.B. King’s, 42 St, Manhattan)Related posts:Lost Amongst the Pigeons and the CrumbsMeet Me at the Corner of Dirt & McGirt
Although the Spike Jonze/Christopher Walken video of Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” is pretty good, spontaneous gravity-defying dancing is something New Yorkers can see on an everyday basis — in the right company.(Chase Bank, 43 St & 5 Av, Manhattan)More Strange Asian Women in Chase ATM vestibules:“Please”