New York City by itself is pure craziness. A sea of taxi cabs, an army of people from the four corners of the world, towering buildings. That is the pace of modern life in one of the most cosmopolitan cities around the world.
(Cartoon by nycvisit.com)
Its restless regular energy got doubled as the UN Summit took Manhattan. Some streets were closed and some parts of the city interdicted. Commuters maneuvered roadblocks, detours and barricades.
Coupled with that, there were some small protests against Ahmadinejad and nuclear Iran (as always).
But also against the Hilton Hotels.
The Hilton Hotels?!
Yes, you heard right.
When you want to sort some problem out or smooth differences over you have to face it, right? So I refuse to comment any further on this protest against Iran issue.
With all that, taxi drivers were driven mad and locals were a bit discontent at the UN.
Countless times ABC, NBC and CBS questioned the fact of the UN being established in NYC. First, because with all the world leaders gathered together the city becomes a mess. Secondly, because all the costs regarding world leaders’ security were covered by the town hall. Do I need to say it irritated a lot of tax payers?
The UN had to send a representative in front of the cameras to say that it would reimburse part of the costs. And this representative gave her best trying to calm down fierce journalists by saying the city gained a lot.
Based on that and on some talks I had with some taxi drivers and other inhabitants, anyone could see the city general feeling sat outside the feeling most of us were expecting for. For most New Yorkers, those days had nothing of special, besides extra stress.
That was the general feeling some people asked me for.