A month or so ago, I was on the No. 1 train heading south. I was reading my Kindle book using the iPhone app, and feeling fairly contemporary and wired in.
As a first-generation Asian American in Lower Manhattan, I’ve experienced all different kinds of comments, curiosities and remarks through the years regarding my race and appearance. Some of these remarks have been inspired by sincere curiosity, and others have come from a different and perhaps not so friendly place.
One thing is for sure: No New Yorkers can say they weren’t warned about the potentially devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy and the need to take precautions. Yet some bristled at the cascades of warnings that went on for days. This is New York, after all.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was a reassuring presence over the weekend, keeping New Yorkers informed about preparations for the approaching storm in his characteristically no-drama, we’ll-get-through-this voice.
I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept. 23. While resting on a bench in the newish Roman wing, I overheard a young, harried mom say to her three young daughters, “Do not take money out of the fountain.”
Not every spider hibernates. But the giant creature that dwells at the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village, appearing once a year to climb the clock tower during the Village Halloween Parade, went into hiding after 2009, when scaffolding covered the library as part of a renovation project.