I’m about to embark on a 3 day journey as a tourist in New York City. As a born and raised New Yorker I love my city, but not in 102 heat. That’s when I love my ac. I’m about to play tour guide to my Australian friends.
While I’m looking forward to seeing them, I’m not looking forward to dealing with tourist crowds in the heat. Chinatown in the heat is evil. The sidewalk is full of spit, fish, food, etc. It’s sticky and it smells. Not to mention the 9000 umbrellas to block out the sun. Soho will be nice and packed as well. Yes, I’m complaining but that’s what true New Yorkers do, they complain. This reminds me of the Jimmy Fallon monologue clip where he talks about New Yorkers getting free wifi and still complaining about it. Go to 1:50 in the video below.
I know I will wind up loving the experience. It will be interesting to see the city through new eyes. I can expose my friends to the grit, grime, and trash that makes me love this place. Yeah I know it doesn’t make sense, but a true New Yorker will get it. We all have a love hate relationship with the city. But the sight of the skyline at sunrise or late at night will shut us up every time.
Don’t even think about insulting my city in front of me. Only a New Yorker can call New York for what it is. You insult our city and we shove you in a taxi in rush hour traffic with no ac and a driver with bad BO.
So here’s to sweating bullets while walking across the Brooklyn bridge, dodging spit in Chinatown, being trampled in SOHO for a bargain, eating pizza from an “original,” dropping mad cash on fifth ave, getting educated on museum row, getting lost in Central Park, and wishing the crowds at Century 21 would all disappear when you snap your fingers.
I will share my stories with you. Here’s to a few days of being a hometown tourist.