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.
We have some number of readers who think NYC is Gomorrah. It's Gotham, not Gomorrah. I'm a country boy, but I love it and find the neighborhoods endlessly fascinating.
I spent yesterday overseeing a relative who had a procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery. It's ranked #1 in the world for Orthopedics. I have rarely seen any place run in such a friendly, cheerful, efficient, and well-organized manner. Even their security people are full of Good Morning and Welcome and How Can I Help You?, etc.
A chilly day in New York. As various things were going on, I got out to stroll around 1st and 2nd Avenues a bit, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the pleasant but not fancy part of the East Side, and I made a wonderful new 83 year-old friend in the Ambulatory Surgery waiting area too. A retired Econ. Prof from Chicago with a remarkable life story but I won't go into it. Everybody has a story, don't they? His wife was getting a shoulder repair.
Tourists never see the Upper East Side, way over near the East River. Lots of people live and/or work there, but it's a hike to the Lexington Ave. line (The Second Ave. El was torn down in 1942, and has not been replaced yet).
Marianne used to enjoy these sort of pics - just a random street photo gallery -
In 1961 a friend and I went to NY City to try to get into the Peppermint Lounge to see Chubby Checker. We stood in line for hours but were never admitted. The "in crowd" was there but no room for us. We ate hamburgers at these tiny store front stands. They had four stools bolted to the sidewalk where you would sit. The store was about 8 feet wide. You stood behind the seat you hoped to use when the person in it left and ordered. Once you sat down they served the burger and you ate fast because someone else was breathing down your neck waiting for the seat. We tried to sleep in Central station but the police kept making us move. We finally went to an all night movie to at least sit down until morning but you dare not sleep in there. There were strange people who would move seats every few minutes until they were behind you. The trick was to get up just before they got behind you. I guess we were lucky because we stayed two nights and weren't mugged or arrested.
I know you love it, but you don't have to live in it. I have visited several times and driven through the city many times. It makes me very uncomfortable. It is too strange. And there are way too many people milling around.
Yes, it has some nice points. It's also stuffed full of people who are voting for the ruin of this country. So if they're also about to ruin their own city as they did in the 70s, I'm less concerned than I might otherwise be.
There you go again with that "east coast arrogance" thing: ". . .the Citadel of American medicine" No it's not: there are many, many other fine institutions:
3. Cedars of Sinai (LAX)
To name just a few. There are also hospitals with a stronger more robust research/practice in specialized areas:
Swedish for Cancer for instance
You are a nice guy BD--but, we just got to get you to understand that the east coast is not always the best at anything! Not anymore--maybe in your grand dad's day. Oh, I forgot to mention one thing it's good at -- stealing from the American people through their WS system of cons, evasions, ponzi schemes, trading, etc. ad nauseum. Yup--NYC is still the best at all of that! OH, and don't give me that bit about the arts: the music--the best symphony orchestras are out of country and London does a fine job of theatre. Art galleries--yes you've got some nice collections, but there are other greats also (Louvre?),etc., etc., etc.
My theory is that visiting NYC is difficult for people from other parts of the country. Getting in and out is difficult. Visitors go to really crowded parts of the city, like Times Square and Fifth Avenue (Rockefeller Plaza area). Visitors don't get what a neighborhood-centric place NYC really is, and how wonderful a place it can be. I love New York, and we had two children at New York Hospital. Sorry about the election, which I think is very sad news.