"It is an art form to hate New York City properly. So far I have
always been a featherweight debunker of New York; it takes too much energy and
endurance to record the infinite number of ways the city offends me. Were I to
list them all, I would fill up a book the size of the Manhattan yellow pages, and
that would merely be the prologue."
-- Pat Conroy (
Prince of Tides)
I used to live in New
York and, in just
32 hours, had some interesting
experiences at the
stuffing my face, or
shopping for chocolate, cameras, etc.. I would
don my photo vest and schlep over to the
Gay Pride March or the
Although I try to be open minded at these mostly-gay events, I have to say that I
enjoyed more being in
a hotel, surrounded by thousands of
When I was a tourist, I did crazy things like get up at 5:00 am on a cold
December day and go to the
Fish Market (before the
Mafia burned it down). Bruce and I tried to answer the question
"Can a man who looks like Elroy Jetson find happiness
in a Jewish deli?".
Of course, no visit to New York would be complete without the obligatory
a look at some of the Times
Square strippers about to be displaced by Disney.
Sometimes, the city gets to you and there is no alternative but to hop in the
Porsche and head for
Atlantic City or the
New Jersey State Fair. Probably the best way to feel
comfortable in the city is to
bring your dog.