Sunday, May 15, 2005

New York, New York

Time Square Posted by Hello
The last time i was in NY I was twelve years old. I recall being all amazed and having a good time and going to a lot of place and ferrying to see lady liberty, but i didnt remember the vivid details. the pictures helped me a bit, but not all that much. So when I reached NY I decided to walk around by myself in manhattan just to get the feel of being in the big apple. And what a feel it was.
The island of manhattan can excite anyone, irrespective of their interests. Arts, business, technology, science, architecture, everything. The way I see it, it all comes together in mid town mahnattan - Times Square - Nasdaq on one corner, The Viacom Headquarters and MTV studios on the other, broadway leading of towards west, the worlds financial capital constantly abuzz in the south and the truly wonderful presence of central park in the north. It all comes together and spreads out from this spot. Hence, one should expect it to be buzzing, and it not only lives up to that reputation, but it truly amazes you the first time you see it.

Good food, great drinks Posted by Hello
Ticker symbols, rolling of buildings,big ass billboards, creative advertising, TV projection spanning the width of some buildings, people constantly in a rush, the buses racing, cabs zig zagging their way through traffic and horns - car horns, at the level of Karachi. No where else in North America would you feel traffic to be as crazy and Karachi-like as in Manhattan.
The funny thing about Manhattan is that if you have every followed hollywood, or network TV, you have pretty much seen the whole place. Every corner has been featured in some movie or sitcom or something. I was looking at places and thinking "oh so this is where they shot that movie."
The city, like any megapolis, has some infrastructural issues. When I got closer to central park I picked up a smell that reminded me of golimar and bolton market in karachi. I wondered, what it was, a karachi smell, thousands of miles away, but then I saw the horse buggies, and realized the common element between market and 7th & South Central was horse droppings.
The horse buggies on south central Posted by Hello
The subway system, although a very comprehesive one, is extremly dirty, rats and sewrage are common sights on the tracks and since the place is all closed with no sunlight making it, it smells odd too. I must say, Toronto beats new york in this aspect. The public works staff seems to be overworked, or just really snotty, because most of the time, theyd be harsh in their responses to queries. Despite it, the city is still a leading tourist attractions, alongside orlando, and vegas.

So how do I end this post, I have so much in my head about the city - and what I have said is just the tip of the iceberg. I know,

Start spreading the news, i'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it - new york, new york
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it - new york, new york

I wanna wake up in a city, that doesn't sleep
And find i'm king of the hill - top of the heap

These little town blues, are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it - in old new york
If i can make it there, i'll make it anywhere

It's up to you - new york, new york

New york, new york
I want to wake up in a city, that never sleeps
And find i’m a number one top of the list, king of the hill
A number one

These little town blues, are melting away
I’m gonna make a brand new start of it - in old new york
And if i can make it there, i’m gonna make it anywhere

It up to you - new york new york
- Frank Sinatra

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