Tuesday, 23 February 2021

GUEST WRITER FROM NY: Room with a view on First Avenue

A view down 1st Av.

Actually, our entire apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan looks out on First Avenue.  

We are high enough that we are out of the fray, but low enough that we can still follow all the activity on our very busy street.  The view is so entertaining that we often joke about putting a camera on our windowsill so we can stream the action.

There is always construction work

Typically, we see restaurants, construction and fire trucks.  

But once a year we have a front row seat for the best block party in the world - the New York City Marathon.  The thickness of the crowds cheering on First Avenue creates a wall of noise that inspires runners who are beginning to tire by mile 17.  A fun time is had by all.

BLM Protests in 2020

But 2020 was different.  BLM protests in the spring.  

No marathon in the fall.  And First Avenue turned into a food court as restaurants added outdoor seating and moved into the street. 

Outdoor dining right across the street

On the other hand, the Fresh Direct delivery trucks are still waking us before 6:00 a.m. every morning.  Some things never change. ;-)

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