We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you have been away from Maggie's this weekend, catch up on our posts. Good fun, as always.
Readers who have not strolled down West 42nd St. in the past ten years would be amazed by it. Clean, no sense of menace, no porn, no creeps, tons of regular people on the streets day and night. I didn't even see any cops - there always used to be patrol cars everywhere there. Multi-million dollar luxury apartments going up between 10th Ave. and the West Side Highway.
Funky, funky Broadway is now a place you can take your kids.
I took a few pics before and after the matinee yesterday:
A fun walk to the parking garage, despite the 15 degree temps and strong wind. NYC is all about walking. New Yorkers walk more miles just in their daily lives than any country folk do. That's why the gals are all so svelte compared to country gals. Streets filled with people. Wonderful.
I really do need to plan a 15-mile NYC Official Maggie's Farm walking tour of Manhattan this spring or summer, with an architectural/cultural guide. I meant to do it last year, but life got busy. The Battery to Central Park, with a snakey route hitting some old joints and pubs. Maybe I will plan it. If I build it, will you come? (I refer to our bigcityphobes.)
You obviously haven't gotten the memo sent around to all True New Yorkers (tm). True New Yorkers (tm) are obligated to bitch about how Times Square and 42nd St. are "too commercial" and "too Disneyfied" before going on long tedious reminiscences about how cool it was back in the good old days when there were dirty syringes on the sidewalk and transvestite hookers and 24-hour peepshows. That's real culture, that is!
Usually the people delivering this spiel are liberal beatniks who snagged the last rent-controlled apartments in Manhattan before the 80s, and made a tidy bundle on inducements/reparations when their buildings went co-op.
Would absolutely love the walking tour. On our trip last year we did a history walking tour of lower Manhattan, pre - revolutionary, and it was great. Going back again this year.
Am somewhat of a 'phobe, can only take about 3 days before back to less people. Thanks for the updates.
I'd consider it. My Mom and sisters live in Manhattan. I live way out in the sticks but I'm kind of starting to learn to like that bit of overbuilt rock. My sister showed me the Cathedral of St. John the Divine last time I was up there. I was awestruck.
Wired magazine has a good map in the latest issue showing the neighborhoods of New York city. For those of us in the rest of the country, it would be very helpful if you could get and post that. When you say The Battery we have no idea what you're talking about.