I had a lot of fun wandering around Central Park this morning! Apparently we got 11 inches of snow? That’s nothing on what got dumped on New England, but it’s still pretty exciting for this desert child. I loved seeing half of NYC out with their sleds and their dogs all bundled up in snow booties and down vests. I’m also pretty excited this weekend alone has been enough to justify my purchase of my beloved Bean boots and my long navy down coat.
P.S. God bless all of the New Yorkers who got up and shoveled the sidewalks this morning.#Life #Personal #NYC #New York City #SNOW
I think there are a number of pluses to online dating—and I know people who have had plenty of success with it—but I honestly agree that this is one of the biggest hurdles you have to overcome when you’re trying to do it in a city like NYC. I gave it the old college try, and I just can’t shake the sense that—as the article says—every person I went out on a date with was looking for someone better, or expected me to be someone I’m not.
P.S. It is way hard to meet people in NYC.
Wandering hordes of diseased pigeons
Subway cars that smell like urine no matter the season
Tourists who won’t move out of the way on sidewalks
Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Javits Center#NYC #New York City #Real Talk people
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For some reason (aka the 70 degree weather) I decided I was going to walk home from work today. I work in Midtown West, and live on the Upper East Side, which meant 90% of my walk was through Central Park. I called my mom right around the time I hit Museum Mile and was like, “I see now how much New Yorker hubris was involved in this decision,” but I made it. It only took me an hour.
(Source: alexandrabracken)#nyc #New York City #Central Park
Check out the gorgeous art from Sophie Blackall’s NYC subway poster. You can see the whole thing pieced together over at her blog.#Sophie Blackall #New York City #NYC #Subway
Interesting Tidbits from the IAMA NYC Transit Subway Conductor Thread
- “Sick passenger is code for “dead customer ON the train”. Often times it actually IS a sick passenger though - sick usually refers to some kind of bodily injury, rather than someone puking or passing out, and the delays are mainly from the MTA doing an investigation to cover their asses when that customer eventually files a lawsuit.”
- “‘Police investigation’ is the code for a suicide by train. Service will be disrupted for about a half hour, usually. I’ve seen it mess up things for as long as 3 hours though.”
- There were 136 suicides last year (approximately 2/week), and that figure includes accidental deaths
- You ARE allowed to ride the 6 train past the last stop (Brooklyn Bridge) to see the City Hall ghost station, and the conductors aren’t supposed to kick you off. “There is a legitimate reason for this. Bleecker St still doesn’t have an underpass for the uptown platform, so passengers transferring from the F to the 6 and who want to go uptown are gonna have to either stay on the train, or do a crossover at Canal St or Brooklyn Bridge, which is likely gonna result in them boarding the same uptown 6 train they were already on.”
- If somebody faints or has a heart attack: “For the love of god DO NOT pull the emergency brake. Doing so is going to KILL the customer, not save him. Now we not only have a sick customer, we have a sick customer who is stuck halfway between stations where EMS can’t reach him.”
- “The only time the emergency brake should EVER be pulled is if a customer is in danger of being injured/killed by the moving train (their tie is stuck in the door, etc), or if a parent and child get separated due to the closing doors.”
- If you fall into the tracks: “The best thing you can do is run as far down the platform as you can (in the opposite direction from where the train enters the station) and wave your arms frantically to get the train operator and passenger’s attention. Believe me, the passengers WILL be doing the exact same thing, as nobody wants to see you get run over and their train get delayed. If you can get to the far end of the platform, it gives the train more room to stop, and there is a ladder at the end of each platform where you can climb back up – do NOT try to climb up from where you are. So many people have been killed trying to jump back up rather than getting away from the entrance end of the station.”
And also: “Do NOT trust the pits between the tracks —- they are often right next to the third rail which can be just as dangerous (and note that the wooden planks are not designed to hold a human’s weight - they are there to protect the energized rail from drips and weather) and the train operator is less likely to see you if you’re in there. And don’t duck under the train, because most stations do not have enough clearance for the average human. And do NOT jump down onto the tracks to try to save someone else. The best thing you can do is run on the platform towards the tunnel where the train enters so you can get the operator’s attention sooner. Waving your arms over the tracks will tell the operator to stop immediately.”
- Yes, there are some conductors who make $100,000+ a year. However, they are at top pay, work 6 days a week, 12 hours a day and have no life outside of work. The average senior conductor makes about $65K a year.
- On deciding when to close the car doors: “Minimum of 10 seconds per station (on the newer trains, wait until it’s done playing the next stop announcement). If there are still people boarding after that, keep waiting. However, you don’t have to wait for stragglers. If I see last second runners (people who weren’t already on the platform before the train arrived), it’s at my discretion if I hold the doors for them, or see if I can can close down before they’re able to grab the doors. There are some stations where if I wait for everyone, I will literally NEVER be able to close down, so I try to close at the first opportunity where I can do it without catching anyone in the doors.”
Obsessed with Paris vs New York in a big way#Paris #NYC #New York City
I’ve become a respectable adult! My dad has forced/convinced me to invest a good portion of my writing income. I have a diversified portfolio! I was trying to research some companies I wanted to buy stock in (including the parent company of the company I work for), and it’s been really interesting to see which companies are and aren’t public (damn you, J.Crew!) and which ones are incredibly expensive to buy into (OMG Amazon). I mostly invested in “safe” companies like Pepsi, Kraft, and Johnson & Johnson, which don’t have big fluctuations and pay yearly dividends. Mama’s gotta put that money to work!#District #NYC #New York City #Wall Street #flag
The cost of living in NYC:
- A New Yorker would have to make $123,322 a year to have the same standard of living as someone making $50,000 in Houston.
- In Manhattan, a $60,000 salary is equivalent to someone making $26,092 in Atlanta.
- You knew it was expensive to live in Manhattan, but Queens? The report tagged Queens the fifth most expensive urban area in the country.
- The average monthly rent in New York is $2,801, 53% higher than San Francisco, the second most expensive city in the country.
- New Yorkers paid about $34 a month for phone service in 2006. In San Francisco, similar service cost $17 a month.
- Home heating costs have jumped 125% in the past five years and are up 243% since 1998.
- Full-time day care costs can run up to $25,000 a year for one child, depending on the neighborhood, or about as much as some college tuitions.
- Meanwhile, wages in the city have remained mostly flat in all boroughs but Manhattan - even during the boom years from 2003 to 2007.
I picked this information up from a report published in 2009, but still—very depressing.