So, NYC. What to make of it? I was here in a different lifetime almost 10 years ago. That's so long ago that I didn't even own a camera. The first few days were odd for me because I had none of the first time anticipation or excitement. I also knew the city layout reasonably well, but nothing was familiar...a weird feeling. The first couple of days I didn't feel like I was really part of it either if that makes sense, more of an observer.
Compared to last time the people and the city itself feel a bit more...accessible? Less intimidating anyway. The guy who cut my hair was from Queens, but had been around Manhattan since '79 and he said it has been cleaned up a lot since he moved here and progressively through the years. I would agree for the last decade too, but in saying that one of the Mayoral candidates is in the midst of a massive sex scandal, a body was found in Tompkins Square Park the day before we were there and people still shout at each other on the street. Never fear, it's still New York City as you know it.
What's good about NYC? Pretty much everything really except Times Square. We stayed in that area for a few days just to see the uptown areas and Central Park but it's just too manic. There's too many people (tourists) on the streets and its just really hard to get around, which is pretty much the opposite of the rest of Manhattan. We're staying on the edge of SoHo and the Lower East Side for a week now and while some things are a bit out of our price range it's a much better vibe.