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That vid reminds me of cab rides I had while I was in NYC a couple of summers ago! I don't generally get squeamish about aggressive driving, but one cabbie seemed to either have it floored or hard on the brakes weaving through traffic like no one I've ever seen. All the cabbies were aggressive, but this one guy was off the charts. I guess they make the cab companies (is there more than one?) retire cars after two years for drivers like him!
If you act like a" tourist", NYC is just noisy, crowded and smelly, like every city, including your own burg, no matter the size..
If you're a traveler, you can't help but love the City and all its climes and 'hoods. UES NYC Library used book room is uncrowded and as quiet as a church during Vespers; beautiful place to spend Saturday morning before walking over to the Met, after breakfast at some little diner of course! Can't do that in Podunk, Ioway or Jackdaw, Montanny!
Bears and bugs damned well wish they were in NYC, if they have brains at all!
Depends. "Hot time summer in the city" - one year I spent a week in NYC for the Newport Jazz Festival. Good music, but there was a hot spell in the mid to high 90s, and I found out about the urban heat island- temperatures were 15 degrees outside the city.
You stayed in NYC to attend the Newport Jazz Fest? You must have spent all your time just commuting back and forth! I lived in Newport and worked in NYC for several months. Only got home when I had more than one day off at a time which wasn't often.
Ah yes, the 100 F days without air conditioning, muggy air pressing in through the open windows, cockroaches falling from the ceiling onto my sweaty back while I was trying to sleep before the night job. Yep, NY is a great place in the summer.
Not so bad in the early morning, around 5 AM. I recall walking down to the park overlook and gazing out over the field of parked police cars filled with sleeping cops.