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A red pillar box. A union jack painted scooter and sofa-bench. Ben Sherman and Ted Baker shops. A snack in Pret-a-Manger. That’s right, I can only be shopping in one place … London? No! New York.

A flying visit to the PDN Photoplus Expo meant that I got to go the this 18 million populated metropolis for the third time in the space of 18 months – having never been there before in my life. And it still fascinates me.

Firstly, it reminds me of London. The way that people don’t hold doors for you, shop assistants couldn’t give a shit and don’t hand over your bag for you on the counter, and nobody randomly – pointlessly – asks how you are as if they’re your best friend like they do down in Charleston.

There seems to be more taxis than ever before. Despite a threatened strike that was meant to take out one fifth of the yellow warriors, they seemed to be everywhere more than ever. The strike cause? The drivers don’t like the fact that they now have to install computer screens in the back which allow i) The customer to pay by credit card, and ii) Plots a GPS map of where you are, and the route taken to get you there! I loved it.

On my first trip, I had the luxury of staying in the sort of place that warranted “How much!?” gasps from people when you told them how much your bill was (including an five-zillion-percent mark up hotel tax), whereas this time I was on a budget, and the room was so tiny – I could almost – almost – touch both sides of the room at the same time with my arms stretched out flat.

The subway is still darker, dingier and just feels dirtier than the tube – and every time I rode on it and looked up a map, a dark stirring way down in my gut ravaged away with the lingering thought of would I ever actually make that attempt to go round them all.

A trip to the Station A Apple Store is in order. I still don’t like the new ‘split’ menus in the iPods. And it may be that I’m going to have to wait until the year after next now to get that 64Mb touch if this report today is anything to go by.

Also, I discovered the worlds most expensive bed in the Hastens shop – $50,000 to you sir, a discount for cash possibly? Who knows. But the nice Swedish sales assistant gave me a catalogue and a promotional DVD no doubt showing how they’re all hand woven by monks in some remote Scandinavian fjord.

A pleasant afternoon in Bryant Park. More food than you could ever hope to eat in Carnegies Deli. And a cab back to the airport where I instantly bumped into two people that we knew getting on the small flight back to Charleston. Small world time. Again.

[ First visit | Second visit ]

10 responses to “Thrice”

  1. Richard says:

    18 million population? Isn’t that the population of New York state rather than city?

    You’re right about the bustle being like London though…

  2. Travis says:

    population of NY city just over 8.1 million at the moment…

  3. Geoff's Mum says:

    Was the Pillar-box just for show, or could you use it?

  4. Paul Leonard says:

    Speaking of Tube/Subway challenges I’m up for a trip to the States and New York if you wanted to do it!

  5. Mikey says:

    64MB Touch? Sounds Awful 😛

  6. Garion Allen says:

    Ah the famous New York Challenge that we’ve heard so much about. Ahem we’re still waiting Geoff… 😛

    Sounds fun though. My auntie went to NY earlier this year. She loved it. Wish I went 🙁 lol.

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  8. Alan Perks says:

    Do you want to talk about football?

  9. geofftech says:

    The postbox wasn’t really, no.. just for decoration inside the Ted Baker store we were in. They had marmite and baked beans too (badly out of date) all on display too.

    Happy to talk about the football! They should NOT have sacked him. First sign of trouble and they give him the boot? Terrible. Consistency is what is required, and they should have had more faith in him.

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