“Eight million stories out there in the naked
City it’s a pity half of y’all won’t make it” – Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z
OMG. Why would I pay premium on a place I’d rather not stay?
Hordes of selfie-taking tourists from all over the world. Crowded to the extreme. Im not interested and would rather stay indoors.
I arrived in New York via La Guardia Airport. Typical metropolis scenery going to Manhattan. Reminds me of Sydney. Passed by Harlem going to Manhattan and it looks ghetto with about 90% of people in the streets are black. Hostel was a bit pricey but OK considering it is NYC. Took the subway and im not impressed with its old structure.
Reached Times Square and it reminds me of Vegas but with compact tall buildings. The fast food shops either doesnt have a bathroom or you have to line up for 10 to 30 minutes. I ate my mcdonalds meal while in line for the bathroom.
I strolled further into the financial district and i got sick of the monotony of big concrete buildings. Just looking at all the vertical space that is inaccessible makes me feel left out. At least in London, the buildings are mostly only 3 to 8 stories.
While inside World Trade Center, I looked at my cellphone for no reason and the time was 9:11. Creepy.
Miss Saigon on Broadway was a treat. I wasnt impressed with the guy playing the engineer as he doesnt act the pimp role naturally. I looked around for authentic Italian spaghetti but couldnt fine one. I did find and bought some nuts being sold in the sidewalk, reminiscent of Manila.
I thought about how disadvantaged Filipino immigrants are. Compared to the Italians who have both the looks and the reputation and they can set up shop easily anywhere. The Arabs and Chinese and even Vietnamese have their distinct cuisine and can open an eatery.
I couldnt find the glamour in NYC that im imagining. Its mostly the horrendous hip-hop and Florida casual. Winter would be New Yorks fashion saviour I presume. Jersey City was no better. I thought I saw its scenery before, somewhere in some forgettable American city.
The biggest disappointment for me is Central Park. Its dirty, dusty and I feel sorry for the wilting trees and plants. I stepped on dog poop and there were lots of dog poop smudge in the street from people cleaning it out of their shoes. The lingering smell is horse poop from the carriages.
A park needing care and a makeover and a dilapidated subway amid super structures is an obvious proof of selfish capitalism.
Im not dazzled with just the bright lights. Who would want to be identified with this hollow and stone cold city of greed and inequality other than perhaps megalomanics like Donald & Hillary?