On to more interesting things.. I thought I'd list a few of my first impressions of New York City.
1. New York City is dirty. Don't let people tell you otherwise. It really is a very dirty place. I know the movies like to make it look all glamorous.. but really it's just one big dirty city.
|Big Dirty City. At a Subway Station.|
|These ALMOST came home with me.|
Also a source of amusement were some of the advertisements on the subway. I thought I'd share them with you:
NYC: Where people accept your beliefs, but judge your shoes.
New Yorkers don't think they're better than everyone else. They just dress like they do.
I found this highly amusing probably because this really isn't that far off the truth!
|You'd think you are in San Francisco, but you're in Bay Ridge!|
3. New Yorkers and the diversity in accents. Ok so this was actually a very NEW experience for me. On the subway Elise and I would talk and I got the sense that people were looking at me and I couldn't figure out why. (did I look funny? Was it obvious I'm new... what was it!?!) Well finally someone came up to me and said, "Excuse me, if you don't mind me asking, where is your accent from? I haven't heard it before." Uhhhh..... West coast.. Washington State. "OH yeah we don't get many people from there around here."
On the flip side, however, there are SO MANY accents that I have never heard before! I tried out a church in Bay Ridge Sunday and the pastor had such a thick Brooklyn accent I had a hard time taking him seriously. I know that sounds awful, but my only previous experience of a Brooklyn accent was from the movie The Untouchables where Al Capone has a thick Brooklyn accent (he was born and raised here). I mean there's just something extremely odd about hearing a pastor say "the WORD of God" in a really heavy Brooklyn accent. It was a lovely service though and I made a friend/acquaintance who is also looking for a new church. Ironically she said she knew I was new because of my accent and that drew her toward me since she was also a visitor. Which brings the following question to mind: do I to try and blend in with the dialect around here or not?!?
Anyway since life has been off to lightening speed and there is SO much to blog about and realizing that I cannot blog about ALL of it I thought I'd pose the question to my readers, What would you like to hear about my NYC experiences so far?
I really do have TONS of stories about all of it so I'll list off some of the things I've been up to the past few days: Coney Island, Shopping in Manhattan (SoHo), Little Italy, Chinatown, subway rides (in general), Bay Ridge Neighborhood/church experience, Prospect Park Farmer's Market, Nation's Oldest Memorial Day Parade, delicious Food Trucks, Union Square (the Barnes and Noble has FOUR stories!!), my immediate neighborhood, off-broadway play Potted Potter/Times Square, and downtown Brooklyn.
Leave a comment and I'll see what I can write up on my next study break!!