The City  

Kaliedascope61 42M
3157 posts
7/17/2006 7:11 am

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7/28/2006 6:38 pm

The City

The City

The heat assaulted my body the moment I stepped off the train. My first step off of a train, my first step into the city and I could already feel the hustle and the energy and have not yet seen my first city street. I have arrived in the big apple, Grand Central Station, the very center of the universe.

My camera is at hand, and my wide eyed wonder marking me clearly as a visitor. I have seen this place in so many movies. I have seen the famous love scenes, the explosions, everything I have ever thought I knew of this place, this city I had seen on television.

I heard the tales of the streets, how the energy takes you, and makes you feel the grandeur and legacy. I had heard there is no place like New York City. I have been in big cities before, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and as I stepped out of the Marble Palace of Grand Central I realized as big as those places are, they pale in comparison in the size of this city that has stood longer, than the country that claims it.

My head lifts and my mouth falls open, each step giving me the feeling that this city is infinite, the buildings so tall, go on forever, and at the center of it all the Empire State Building.

An Affair to Remember, Carey Grant was to meet his lover on top of the Empire State Building. She didn't show, what could have possibly kept her? I wanted to go to the top of the first building I ever known to have a name with my lover.

Riding up the elevator, I wondered why it never crossed my mind that other buildings didn't have names. Sure there is the Sears Tower, and the rest, but they don't have names, just the name of a company, not a name for the building.

The 80th floor and the wait in line for the next elevator seemed to take forever. Babies were crying, mothers were chasing toddlers, and languages from all over were spoken in their own wide eyed wonder, and saying the exact same thing I was saying, the exact same thing millions of other's had said for the 80 years that this building has stood.

The 86th floor, the observation tower, this is the top of the world. I didn't look out toward the city. The first thing I wanted to see was the needle up close. I turned around and my knees turned to jelly as I looked up and realized my fear of heights. The rush of fear through my body took me, and I smiled, I loved it. There it was, so close, King Kong was there, and now so was I.

The line for the elevator was long, and it was time to go, there is so much more to this city to see. The stair case was inviting and after a simple suggestion I went with it, after all how many people can say they took the stairs down, even if it was only six flights.

To be continued...maybe.

MWWwantmore 52F

7/17/2006 7:49 am

Its amazing to see it for the first time. No matter how old you are!

I'll have a cafe, mocha, vodka, valium latte to go please!

Good girls go to heaven.....bad girls go down!!

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 4:51 pm:
I had seen it from afar, and have flown into it a few times, but never truly been there.

pragmaticCTcpl 62M/51F

7/17/2006 12:32 pm

Sounded wonderful. I haven't been to the City since I was 18yrs old. I would love to visit it again sometime. The plays...great restaurants...great skating in the winter...great excitement. All I need to do is decide on a good pair of walking shoes.

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 4:51 pm:
Next time there will be more cabs, and less walking!

NSAAddict 43F

7/17/2006 2:49 pm

I love the way you write Kal

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 4:53 pm:
I sure love dos french fried taters! mmmmm hmmmm

frbnkslady 49F
6183 posts
7/17/2006 4:00 pm

I loved my 1 visit there, and I lived in upstate. I didn't find it to be as rough as it is portrayed on TV. I would love to go back for another visit. I have pics of my son, nephew and my sister under the WTC, taken in '01 not long before. T


Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 4:53 pm:
I do want to go back to experience the night life.

Sorceror07 55M

7/17/2006 4:10 pm

nyc is awesome! i love it there...

now if you are REALLY brave, you'll head over to china town and have a teahouse lunch with traditional chinese food on the menu. i hope you enjoy pig intestines and entrails

but then there is little italy... ahhhhh! best pizza in USofA is at lombardo's ...have a slice for me!

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 4:55 pm:
The plan was to go to little italy, but we ran out of time, but next time I go, i'll pick up a slice for ya and mail it.

champagnechaser 42F
1639 posts
7/17/2006 4:13 pm

I love walking in the city

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 4:56 pm:
I love riding in cabs in the city!

mycin62 55F

7/17/2006 6:48 pm

There's no place like NYC. I love the hot almonds from the street vendors!! Did you see a show? Try taking a carriage ride thru central park, it's awesome!!!

Maybe we should do a CT bloggers NYC trip, that would be cool!!!

Glad you had a great time!!

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 7:06 pm:
Thats a great idea! you should plan it!

champagnechaser 42F
1639 posts
7/17/2006 7:05 pm

    Quoting mycin62:
    There's no place like NYC. I love the hot almonds from the street vendors!! Did you see a show? Try taking a carriage ride thru central park, it's awesome!!!

    Maybe we should do a CT bloggers NYC trip, that would be cool!!!

    Glad you had a great time!!
I say we hit provincetown Those clubs sound hot!

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 7:09 pm:
ha! you just wanna be in the middle of sammy!

docdirk 48M

7/17/2006 7:18 pm

Elevator? Wuss. I took the stairs. Backwards. Running. On crutches. Blindfolded. Carrying a rotweiler. And a raw steak. Yup. Sure did.

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 7:41 pm:
That steak must have gotten heavy after awhile huh?

mycin62 55F

7/17/2006 7:21 pm

Hey, let's not forget HARTFORD!!! It's CT's Rising Star!!!

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/17/2006 7:41 pm:
thats the capital right?

meerkittykat 43F

7/17/2006 9:59 pm

I spent 2 1/2 years living in Midtown, just south of Central Park. I was there before, during and after 9-11-01, and to see "The City" rise like a phoenix from the ashes and become as strong as it was before just confirmed a very simple thought; New York is the best city in the world.

Everyone should get the chance to visit. I'm happy you got yours.

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/18/2006 10:06 am:
I hoping to go back soon and do more!

HBowt2 60F

7/19/2006 6:19 am

i was there in the heat last year and your words brought the memories rushing right back...

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/19/2006 6:38 am:
There is more to this story, that I might post later, but I'm not sure if I will or not. Some memories I just keep to myself, I'm selfish that way.

rm_kelli4u2dew 42F
5220 posts
7/19/2006 9:15 am

The world's great cities have a feeling that is difficult to explain. I've been to four, NYC, London, Paris, and Moscow. They are just different than other places.

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/19/2006 9:54 am:
If I get a chance to go to any one of those cities I would in a heartbeat.

It's like entering into another world in away, I thought I knew what big cities hold, and most of them are alike in many ways, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles.....Then New York is on a whole nother level, its amazing the difference.

rm_agathon12 47M
1311 posts
7/22/2006 6:29 pm

I work in NYC. You should head to a nice Italian restaurant on 3rd and 35th. A bit of a schlep but not bad on a dry, summer day.

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/23/2006 5:10 am:
On the next trip, I do believe I will!

warmandsexy52 65M
13164 posts
7/23/2006 5:04 am

Oh wow! How I'd love to see the Big Apple! And I've always been tempted to fly off a skyscraper.

Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/23/2006 5:11 am:
I don't know if that is such a good idea, those things are packed pretty tight in there and you might fly 20 feet and then smash into another skyscraper.

duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/28/2006 10:41 am

I really think I have been missing out on an excellent blogger. Your words lure me into your stories. Thanks. Not many writers can pull me in and put me in the place you describe. Even some published writers don't. Thanks for gracing us with your talents.


Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/28/2006 6:38 pm:
thats quite a compliment, thank you very much.

duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/28/2006 10:45 am

Oh and I have a friend i went to school with in the 7th and 8th grade, she lived here in Thatcher. After 9th grade we both moved. We went through high school at different schools, yet kept in touch. She went off to college, I learned to party. A few years after she got her degree from ASU she went to New York. She has a place in Manhattan. She said that it is the first place she ever felt she belonged.


Kaliedascope61 replies on 7/28/2006 6:39 pm:
It does give you that feeling when you first arrive, that you are very welcome there.

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