Thursday, July 22, 2010
I am sitting in the living room of my Chelsea apartment, as close to the air conditioner as I can get, with my feet elevated. It is nearing midnight on day three in New York and I am wiped out. So much has happened in the past 72 hours and I feel as though it may all pass me by in a whirlwind if I do not start documenting it.
Things I have learned about New York so far:
1. It is July and air conditioning is supremely important. I am grateful for the powerful unit in our living room and even more grateful for my favorite Chelsea discovery: Manhattan Fruit Exchange. The entire place is refrigerated like a walk-in cooler and they have at least 12 varieties of mushrooms at wholesale prices. Though I must admit, 12 is an estimate because I forgot to count. I was too happy about being cold.
2. For some reason, a lot of well-cooled retail establishments have their doors open. Walk slowly as you pass these places.
3. They say you are a real New Yorker when you stop looking up. I think you are a real New Yorker when you stop talking about air conditioning in July.
4. Your feet are going to hurt. Your feet will hurt slightly less if you change shoes often and vary the height of the heel.
5. Even with my Ray-Ban sunglasses, I am not fashionable enough to be mistaken for a local.
I am sure there are more New York lessons on the way, but by all means, if you are a local and can save me the trouble of having to learn them the hard way, please help a girl out.