Lessons Learned On The Upper East Side

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sitting in a car on Manhattan’s ritzy Upper East side neighborhood for about two hours and it gave me new perspective on a lot of things. These are some of the lessons I learned all before midday yesterday.

1. After a while, we take on the tendencies of those we spend time with. They say eventually people and their pets start to look like each other.
Woman and her dog
2. It’s always a good idea to let people know you care about them – like this man walking and holding his lady’s hand.
Holding hands
Holding hands
3. There are distractions everywhere – so you have to know where you’re going and stay focused on your purpose.
Billboards
Like this billboard

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LIke this "Help Wanted" sign on the side of a truck
LIke this “Help Wanted” sign on the side of a truck. (What do they need help with?)
4. All men are not created equal. Even in the trendiest part of the city, there still some people who push their laundry in carts. ( I saw this guy pushing a full cart down Madison Avenue. I don’t even think there are laundromats on Madison Avenue. This one shocked me so greatly, I missed the photo opportunity. You’ll just have to trust me that I saw it)
5. Dream big! Forget yellow cabs. On the East Side, when you call for a car to pick you up, you can have a S-class Mercedes at your door.
Mercedes cab
Mercedes cab
6. Know the differences. Sometimes old is old and sometimes old is vintage. This is a vintage car.  A beautiful 1958 Mercedes Benz.
1958 Mercedes
1958 Mercedes
7.  Be patient.  In NYC, there’s no need to worry about missing the bus because another bus is usually right behind it.
Buses
Buses

8. Clothes matter. Being well dressed for an event is almost guaranteed to put that extra pep in your step.

Pep in your step
Pep in your step

9. Sometimes simple is the way to go. And at those times, the best seat in the house for lunch is on a park bench in the great outdoors.

Lunch on a bench outdoors
Lunch on a bench outdoors

10. Some things are constant. I don’t know where people are coming from or going to, but pedestrian traffic is one of the constants about NYC. There are always people looking to cross the street or coming down the street.

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Pedestrian traffic 
Pedestrian traffic
Where are all those people coming from?

I love this city. There is always something to see or something to do or something to learn. And if I went back to the Upper East Side (UES) later today, I bet there would be 10 more lessons for me. But another day and another neighborhood awaits.

What is one random thing you learned or were reminded of today?

 

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    What a fun way to get to know your city! Sometimes people watching is more interesting than meeting them!

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    1. runwright says:

      Haha. I love watching people and NYC really provides the perfect environment to do that. You’re right. We get lots more information from watching – we talk about the selves we want to be but we show the selves we really are.

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  2. I was following along your post until I saw that male model…
    I love the extremes of NYC, as a tourist at least. Must be one hell of a tough city to live in though.

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    1. runwright says:

      And that’s why we have to carve out our own peaceful spots. Like running in Central Park where the most distracting thing is another runner passing you and making you want to run faster 🙂

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