Small Town Manhattan
Quiet streets chalk full of cobblestone and kids selling lemonade - ok, it was one stand – are adjectives not usually paired with New York City. But that was my Sunday. These kids stole my heart and my attention as their voices echoed down the streets of TriBeCa. I quickly found them and paid my $2 dues for a delicious lemonade and small but equally delicious cookie.
It’s these moments that humanize the city, the moments that make New York great. Midtowns clusterfuck is something we all dream about before we know New York. It’s somewhere we go when we visit New York. And it’s what we think this city is until we know New York.
The truth is, within the boroughs there are neighborhoods. New York is not just Manhattan, and Manhattan is not just one large mass of crazy density; a neighborhood can change at the turn of a street. Not just the name, but the feel. A 30 minute walk can take you from Midtown madness down through Madison Square Park, then again through Union Square and then on and into Greenwich Village into the coffee shop where I am sitting.
This is Manhattan, humanized.