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Exploring the Marginal

One morning you would just love the atmosphere and one morning you could be depressed beyond your expectation with the atmosphere. Eitherway, there I admit the feeling wanting to explore the city more.

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(Hypnotic Brass Ensemble I saw at the 14th Union Sqaure subway station yesterday)

Among all, one thing that certainly amuses me about this cosmo is how there are transparent boudaries between the areas within the Manhattan. You name a street crossing and that really gives one a vivid impression about the value, the standard of living and the type of people in the sphere. At the intersections of all sorts of diversity, there certainly is the transparent "one way", "detour", "stop" signs everywhere. Sometime you notice the sign, you miss it, you successfully overcross it or gets stuck.

In the street corner of Bronx on the way to their beautiful botanic garden, I saw the "shoes on a wire". It was indeed first time for me to see this. This is, rather the obvious sign we see on the street corner.
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Although I haven't gone in too deep, my favorite area are the campus of Colulmbia Univ., the Lower East Side and some part of Williamsburg.

Yet, I had an interesting talk with a lady I made a friend with yesterday. While I was having a casual walk around the Lower East side, the adorable dogs caught my eyes and the owner of the dogs and I ended up talking for an hour exchanging what each others did.

She is a mother and a researcher in social communication. She gave me tips about where to go and the stories about the area inside and outside of Manhattan which only local and someone who had the keen eyes on such knew. She talked about the sociology of Long Island as she lived there for awhile, the acquisition of Little Italy by China Town, the situation and the demography of Staten Island all of which I am not so sure if I should reveal online. She pointed out how the Lower East Side and the Williamsburg are already main stream now. She also added the real marginal sphere is where most interesting but yet with the balance we have to pay an extra care in terms of safety.

While the lady and I kept discussing, another guy was attracted by the dogs and approached to us sitting at the bench of a street corner. He said he would be opening an espresso coffee cafe in the area early summer. From there, we changed the subject and talked about the quality of cafe in the city until one of the dog started shivering as it got too cold.

Visiting a place is easy because you don't feel or hear the pain of people live there. People rarely reveal the pain and I will never say I would have the full understanding of the pain when I am merely a visiter. Yet, as I talk to the locals, the myth gets clearer and that's how I start appreciating and understainding the stay in different cities.

Certainly, saying a compliment about dogs will be an effective ice-breaker for such contact.
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by Haruka_Miki | 2008-04-09 00:00 |
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