I have been visiting New York for 30 years, starting with business trips when I worked for JP Morgan between 1886 and 1990. I was here in 2011 and 2013, each time with an evening in the Blue Note and a visit to the Metropolitan Museum as unavoidable highlights. I could live here. However, for Shin it is the first time and this day was the first day. It was not raining, but far too cold and grey.
Our apartment is in Brooklyn. From what we’ve seen and heard so far a fair part of the population is Spanish speaking. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants around. The streets are clean, we feel safe and we are close to the subway. The train takes us to Manhattan in 20 minutes. We walked a lot this first day, first in the neighbourhood and then along the fifth avenue and in Central Park. Walking in Manhattan is tricky, The avenues go from south to north, the streets from East to West and it takes less than 1 minute to walk from one street to the other. Our train alights at the 14th street and we walked the fifth avenue up till the Central Park, from the 59th street onwards, and then into Central Park. The problem is that there are traffic lights at each corner, that the streets are very crowded and one has to weave to move faster than the norm, and the 45 streets were more exhausting the one would imagine. The good news was that there is a “Korea Town” halfway and that we had an Asian lunch as intermezzo.