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Cory Wolfe

I *heart* NY

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I really do. Wednesday and Thursday, I was thoroughly enjoying New York City.

It was quite a spontaneous trip. Before Monday, I was just planning on my usual "ass sitting exercises". A friend of mine asked me to go and was going to pay my way. How could I refuse? Come Tuesday night, I got picked up to be ready for our flight in the morning. By 11 am Wednesday, I was in the city and would be there until 9 pm Thursday. It didn't give me much time for sight seeing, as he was mainly there to look for an apartment, but I got to enjoy Times Square and the surrounding area. The rest, I would simply call experiences rather than enjoyment. Like the Subway, the poorer sections of town, and the subway. Did I mention the subway? It was the only way we traveled throughout the city and might I say it was unpleasant. Generally crowded, rough, noisy, smelly, and hot. Back to the good, I loved Times Square. Absolutely loved it. It was like heaven for my gay self. The lights, the colors, the people, the stores; everything was awesome. I'd love to live right in town. We stayed in a hotel on 47th street, on the same block, so it was a quick walk away. Expensive, too. I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it. Much of everything else was expensive, too, including food. I didn't eat much while there, but I did have some "famous" NYC pizza. It was good, no doubt, but I expected it to be like sex from all you hear about it. Angelo's, here in Brookville can make pizza nearly as good, but definitely lacking in comparison. I was surprised to find affordable clothing stores, however. One store in particular, H&M I think it was, had clothing that was priced about on par with the lowly JCPennies. It was all styled more towards my tastes and size, too. Needless to say, if I'm in NYC again, I'll probably end up leaving with 5 outfits instead of just one. I really like what I bought there. Fits me well and looks good. Another thing that looked good... All the guys. Damn, there were so many cute guys! My eyes were getting a work out. So were my legs. I believe I did more walking those two days than I have all summer. Even when all was said and done with, I had seen a limited amount of the city. I didn't get a chance to see central park, the statue of liberty, the empire state building, etc. Maybe next time. I can't wait to go again. He's moving in October, so I may get a chance to do so then. If so, I'll have to enjoy NYC to its fullest, perhaps even meet some of you New Yorkers. :P

For now, I don't have any pictures, but will. I took about 190 and am probably going to upload over half of them.

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We go to the Letterman show about 4 times a year and of course I am at the GM building from time to time for work, however that lifestyle is not for me, the unusual sights and smells is enough to keep me from ever living there.

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Last time I was there I got to walk around Greenwich Village, went to the NBC Visitor's Center, cruised to the top of the Empire State Building, stared through the fence at Ground Zero, checked out some marquees on Broadway, strolled through Strawberry Fields in Central Park, and bought an FCUK IT t-shirt on Fifth Ave. I'd like to go back, but just to visit.

Glad you had a good time, Vipes. Looking forward to the pictures!

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its sad.. i live very close to manhatten, i go to school on the border of Long Island and Queens, but i barely ever go tothe city, and ive never done the sightseeing thing...lol

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its sad.. i live very close to manhatten, i go to school on the border of Long Island and Queens, but i barely ever go tothe city, and ive never done the sightseeing thing...lol

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I've been to NYC and enjoyed seeing all the sights, as well as photographing the bridges in the Tri-State area. It is a beautiful city, but like others, I would not want to live there.

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See... I HATE the city.

I do a breast-cancer walk every year and I DETEST going into the city--just so not my style. I'll stick to LI.

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Agree with most of you...and not stepping on any toes, since GM cars are beneath most Manhattanites (puzza sotto il naso) and most of the C&Gers here are LI, Jersey and Connecticut suburban types.

I know the area fairly well as we lived there (Teaneck NJ) a short time and my douche-bag uncle still lives there. I was planning to go to NYU to do an MBA shortly after undergrad but went into a different career. Now, I am SOOOO damn glad I didn't go to NYU ! Also, I have not been back since the late 1990s asI think seeing the skyline without the WTC would depress me. One of the greatest experiences of my life, in addition to having gone to the roof platform of the twin towers, was sailing past them from the decks of the QE2 (Queen Elizabeth 2) and peering at them through the Verrazzano Bridge.

New York is stunning. It's a testament to pushing boundaries and possibilities. I would revel in all the ethnic overload ...and the FOOD....Italian food and Greek food 'til the cows come home.

However, New York (the city) is not livable and any nice newer townhome with a drive under garage in a decent suburb on the island, in Westchester or in North Jersey would make me house poor. No thanks. Considering it's not a warm weather climate, I would pop serious money for a "crib" in the LA or SF or SD area before I ever popped equivalent money in a greater NY or Boston. I've also experienced the snooty Manhattanites who remind you they live "in the city." My attitude: f@#k you. I see the same type in Northern Cal when you'are at Tahoe, in the Sierra or hot springing. "Where are you from?" Answer: "I'm from 'the city' " ... meaning a San Francisco address and a 415 phone prefix. My thought: "Keep it, asshole, I'll take quiet Walnut Creek, 25 miles east of SF and reachable by BART, any day of the week."

I'll go back to NYC and its environs eventually. I've always enjoyed it and am way way past any desire to live there as I once had.

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... 275 stereotypes in that one post alone.
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... 275 stereotypes in that one post alone.

It's because I'm wordly and actually work at seeing things for what they are and you're a hick. Get out of PA/MD a little more, will you? Can you feel the love?
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4 more. You've just been generalizing the hell out of the whole wide world for as long as you've been posting here. Blah blah blah. Get ahold of yourself.

But I do agree with you... you are a bit "wordly".

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4 more. You've just been generalizing the hell out of the whole wide world for as long as you've been posting here. Blah blah blah. Get ahold of yourself.

Follow the thread carefully, PB, and see who it was that launched the first attack.

There is nothing in my initial post that could be offensive other than criticizing uppity in-town dwellers of NYC and SF. Everything else is about food, real estate and geographic position.

Have you ever heard of a branch of psychology called "social psychology"? Well, it deals with group phenomena, for the most part, as does sociology. I don't think they would bristle at anything I have posted since I've been on C&G...only you and possibly a smattering of other easily threatened people. Now grease up your right palm and log off, will you?

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Glad you got to experience that Blackviper. I am glad you got to see life outside a small town. Maybe you can have more experiences like this one. That is a really good friend to do what he did. The photos will be interesting to see.

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Sorry, Camino. Sometimes certain things get under my skin, ya know? I'll shut up now. Edited by ocnblu
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Sometimes I feel trapped living in Calgary and that's only 1 Million People you know...

Perhaps one day the summer home in Nova Scotia will be built.

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It's because I'm wordly and actually work at seeing things for what they are

I always enjoy reading your perspectives on the metropolitan areas in the U.S. You told me some things that were helpful when I went to Southern California last year.

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I loved living in Cochran. It was close enough to Calgary with having some rural areas between. The geography there is beautiful, and I thought the people were pretty friendly compared to some other places I have lived. I used to like living in the city, but that quickly wore off. As I've aged I prefer the wide open spaces. Where I am now is a small city and the people are friendly, the mountains and lakes are near, and it's a great place to start a family. I think you are right about NYC, its huge compared to Calgary and other large metropolises in Canada. They are nice to visit, but would not want to live there.

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Sorry, Camino. Sometimes certain things get under my skin, ya know? I'll shut up now.

No sweat, I try to ignore most things unless they get out of hand and personal. I don't like playing "cop". That's why you will see casual warnings like the above - I hate getting "official".

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I always enjoy reading your perspectives on the metropolitan areas in the U.S. You told me some things that were helpful when I went to Southern California last year.

Thank you for saying that. I am a frustrated would-have-been geography major, I guess. I inhale it. In fact, when I was in grammar school, kids always tried to cheat off of me on geography tests but I didn't want to get the nuns mad, so I wouldn't let them! Edited by trinacriabob
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Bob... as long as you realize those who dwell in "the city" (as we on LI call it), who do indeed have money and status, are not all pompous arrogant pricks. I do know several who are quite down to earth.

I personally need elbow room. I detest that at any given time you can be in the city and be in a "crowd". Hate that. I also hate the fact that what they consider quiet, I consider noisy. Albeit not the city (and don't get me started on who considers what "the city" when it comes to actual boundaries (in reference to Manhattan/Brooklyn/Queens)), when I visit my friend in Brooklyn, I sometimes can't sleep at night because of all the noise. My friend will say, "What noise?" and I'll inform her of the garbage trucks blaring at 4AM, the honking horns at 3, the people yelling at 5, etc. Then she'll say, "Really? I thought it was rather quiet last night."

When she comes out here, southeastern LI, she actually has difficult sleeping because of all of the "noise". Ours, in the form of hearing crickets in the summer, or mother nature in the winter (whether it be wind, an ice storm or whatnot), drives her insane.

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Haha... You guys. I post about a joyous experience and you go arguing and ranting. Bitches, please! :D

Anyways, I should have some self pics of me in the city posted in the picture thread soon enough.

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Back in the '90s, I'd take the train (NJ Transit) into the city 4-5 times a year. Now I'm lucky if I get there at least twice a year (April for the NYIAS and the mandatory pre-Christmas visit). This year I've aready been twice (January & April), and would love to go this month or some point in early October (I like the City in the fall). However, I know that I will definitely get there sometime after Thanksgiving and before Christmas!

To anyone looking to have a drink and take a break from walking, if you're in Times Square I suggest you go to the Marriott Marquees <spelling?> hotel. The floor you check-in on and where the restaurants are (I believe it's eight) has a great bar overlooking Times Square (sit by the windows if you get there early enough and you can see the street below). I like to vist the Times Square Toys R Us (always amazed at the amount of people in there no matter what time of the day), NYC Disney Store, Macy's, Rockefeller Center (and the NBC Studio Store) and just walking up & down 5th Avenue.

BV, can't wait to see your photos of your trip!

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Vipes, I have an idea. Don't judge until you get to the end.

You're always talking about "being bored"and "stuck in your small town"and "no jobs", right? Is there any way you could move to NY with your buddy? I know your first objective just popped up, but think about it. you could find a job doing anything, you would already have a home base with your buddy, and you'd get to experience the world and some sights and lifestyles you probably don't see in your home town. You love photography, you love cars, I'm sure you could find SOMETHING that pays.

You're at the age when you don't have any real responsibility, so now's the time. Don't get me wrong, you may HATE it, however you're sure to grow and gain perspective. You may be home within 6 months with a new appreciation for a small community.

If I was in your shoes, I would pack up my laptop, throw some clothes in a duffel, leave everything else at home with the parents, and GO! (As a matter of fact, when I was your age I did, different locale, story for another day, but great story to share with the kids!)

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