Within one New York City block, or even one small park, a million different worlds exist. Depending on what your interests are, who you know and (possibly) how much money you have, your experience in New York will be quite different. You never know who you’ll run into or what you will find.
I was reminded of this great aspect of New York as I sit in Bryant Park waiting for my next appointment. I chose Bryant Park as a waiting spot on this sunny afternoon because it has wireless internet access, but most of the people standing beside me are here for an entirely different reason. I happened to choose a seat next to the backstage entrance to the Fashion Week tent.
During the 15 minutes I have been here, countless numbers of beautiful women have walked by and cameras are flashing. One look at me and you’ll know I’m not a fashionista, so I am going about my business on my computer. The lawyer on his lunch break, mom with her son and homeless guy all seem indifferent to the activity too, but occassionally crane their necks to catch a glimpse of a supermodel. At this moment we’re all connected, but in 15 minutes, each of us will return to our regular routines, which I am sure varies greatly. What I like about today, especially since it is September 11, is that there are no security guards or policemen to be seen. Granted, this is not the Emmys, but I still appreciate the open atmosphere of the park.
The past few months I have been locked away in the kitchen or at my office, working on my business. I have missed much of the activity in the city over the summer, and realize it’s time to get out again. When I started this blog in 2005 I went on a “dessert tour,” stopping in a different bakery each day for seven days. It was my way of exploring the city, and appreciating the work done by so many of its residents. You don’t need special passes to walk in Balthazar, Marie Belle or Jacques Torres and even modest budgets can afford something. That’s the part of New York I love. The supermodels walking by me may never know this side of the city, but it doesn’t matter. There’s plenty here to keep us both busy.
This day has inspired me to dedicate myself again to exploring. For the next week I will be going on a self-guided dessert tour of the city. I will focus on new places, or ones that I have yet to visit. Tonight I will plan my route. Places that immediately come to mind include:
Room 4 Dessert
One Girl Cookies
Michel Cluizel @ABC
Please suggest some of your own favorite places. Or better yet, go out and find something new in your neighborhood and report back. I’ll keep you posted on my explorations.