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Notes From NYC #3

Wrapping it up this morning, am at Grounded Coffee in West Village with latte/double shot and bowl of oatmeal. Getting picked up by Supershuttle around noon, thence to Newark and flying the friendly skies, albeit in the cattle car section this flight. The business class via frequent flier miles getting here was a dream, but not enough miles for the return…I've got to say, I really like United -- service, airplanes, it's an intelligent giant. Plus the United terminal at SFO is as good as it gets. Fast wi-fi, recharging stations, great art exhibit.


New camera I bought a Panasonic Lumix DSC-ZS100 at BH Photo Wednesday,. It's small (carrying it in my fanny pack). It has a 1" sensor and a 25-250 mm zoom, an extraordinary range for such a small camera (about the same size as the Sony Cybershot RX-100). Kevin Kelly has been using Lumix's for years, and I've long been attracted to the zoom features. So I'm trying it out. Here are a few pics shot at maximum zoom.
Farm fresh food Last night I had dinner at Rosemary's in the West Village, (after watching the Warriors at The Blind Tiger pub). "Farm fresh," they don't take reservations, super popular, usually long lines, but last night, Sunday, rainy, a bit cold (temp drop of 30 degrees from previous day, lots of tables, I sat at the bar. Good food, not as expensive as you'd think, They have a garden on the roof.
Getting around in the city:
 (1) Uber works well, although the pool rides are sketchy. The drivers all seem personable compared to today's cabbies, who seem a sour lot. Almost all Uber drivers use the app Waze to navigate; I downloaded it (free) and it's really good for city navigation (for cars, not pedestrians).
(2) The blue CitiBikes are a huge success for going from point to point. No need to lock up at yr. destination, you use your phone to find drop-off point.
(3) Subways are in one sense a miracle, that you travel so fast under the city, but many of NYC's lines are in dire shape.
(4) On foot: I probably walked 3-4 miles a day, using the app Citymapper, which is brilliant.
Friendliness of natives: I can't get over it. I got into conversations with a ton of people in bars, restaurants, park benches. I invariably give people one of our mini books — a great conversation starter. Venues: The Village Voice is gone, and Time Out magazine has morphed into a free and lame advertising mag, so it's really hard to find music, among other arts. My friend Kim turned me on to Pollstar online, and it seems to be the best thing, but nothing like the The Village Voice was (or SFWeekly still is in SFO).
Photos: NYC is a photo wonderland for me. I'll post some in the following days.

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