When we came through the Lincoln Tunnel last Saturday night via New Jersey, our Greek cabdriver informed us New York City is "the most civilized city in the world." It struck me as an oddly positive statement coming from a guy who told us he was in the limo business for twenty years before he went broke and now he's been driving a cab for three years and losing his shirt because of the insurance payments he has to make that Uber doesn't have to pay.
As we came up the ramp into Manhattan, he pointed out all of the bagged garbage on the sidewalks, with pride, and predicted they would all be gone by morning. He praised all the drivers around us as being kind and considerate as opposed to so many other cities around the world (having personally witnessed drivers in action in Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Paris and Juarez, I begrudgingly had to concur).
So, after a $95 cab ride, plus a $25 tip (his stories of woe did get to me) I actually saw NYC with new eyes. Is it the most civilized city in the world? I was about to find out.
On The Lookout for Big Graphics Bitter cold on Thursday (34 and strong wind gusts) but we went out to see what we could sight see. Didn't have to go far.
This 19 Crimes wine truck was parked at the curb of our hotel in mid-town Manhattan. Just down the street I caught this overblown cutie.