A few months ago we visited the Excited State of Arizona. Now we find ourselves in another Excited State: New York City. This place is light years from Arizona; it might even be in a different universe. It's certainly another state of being. Excited.
We're staying in a small apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Central Park is a fifteen minute walk and the subway much less.
New York City has a population of over 8.4 million people, within a regional agglomeration that is much larger. With an area of only 790 square km, the density is 10,600 per square km through the city's five boroughs. Manhattan, where we are staying, has a population density over 25,000 per square km.
In spite of that population density, and the fact that about 54 million international and domestic tourists will visit NYC this year (it sometimes feels as though they're all here now), the city, outside of the tourist district, is surprisingly open and quiet. This is an amazing place.
And this is our street.
Photos by Jim Murray. Copyright 2014.