Monday, 28 July 2008

New York, New York

I want to go to New York so!! I keep hearing about the place from people that have been there or lived there. And the similarities with Shanghai are just.. well, they are there.

I somehow clicked on something and clicked on something (it may have just been an ad) and just ended up at this page at National Geographic.

Now, you tell me if this sounds like Shanghai or not?

Everything changes in New York, and nothing does. Maestros still wield batons at Carnegie Hall, and lunch at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal is always a good time. You can’t find a cab in the rain, but you can always get a bagel with a schmear. Yet the city that never sleeps keeps evolving. Plays open and close. Restaurants come and go. New neighborhoods blossom. In Chelsea, the old Barneys store is now the new Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art. High-heeled fashionistas have replaced white-aproned butchers in the Meatpacking District. Such churn keeps the more than 8,200,000 New Yorkers on their toes even as it makes them appreciate the old favorites all the more. New York remains one helluva town. Welcome!

OK OK I'm not entirely deluded. Obviously there are lots of differences too but the things that make both cities 'cool' are pretty much the same (I think). The diversity of people, the cosmpolitan-ness, the varieties of culture, food, history.. so much to see and do, ahhh the list is endless. And I'm not forgetting the bad things either - like the really really bad weather (freezing in winter and hot and humid as hell in summer)! Ha!

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