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    this thread is about things you'll only experience in NYC

    *guys breakdancing on the train
    *on the streets, guys drumming on a bucket and still it sounds professional

    etc etc. add on please

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    --There is a barbershop quartet that sings in the Wall Street subway station during some friday afternoon rush hours... they're really good and get a LOT of donations from exhausted bankers.

    --The city itself takes on a surreal gleam in the late afternoon - with the skyscapers shimmering in gold thanks to the setting sun. It is like no other man-made sight in the world.

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    Last week at the 59th St A subway station: an Asian man in suit and tie with a keyboard, singing an aria...he was very good.

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    ^I wanna be on that car

    A few weeks ago I was on a train somewhere in Manhattan... I forgot where, but a mariachi band came in and did a few songs.

    Also re: the silver guy, there are a few of them... that guy is in the TXSQ station a lot, there's one who does Columbus Circle sometimes, and probably another one somewhere.

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    i'm amused by the homeless person on the train that asks me for fifty dollars. :roll:

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    Do you ever say Yes? If so, Which train? What time?

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    - Walking along the street and seeing those Peruvian spacy performers, then a guy playing a steel drum, then a guy playing a bongo... all on the same block, even in 30-odd degree weather.

    - Walking along the street and seeing 4 pretzel guys, each on a different corner, halal meat and white sauce guys right next to that, then some guy handing out strip club flyers and some guy selling what amounted to a load of crap (calculators, socks, etc). All on the same 4 corner intersection.

    - Seeing a dog walker with about 10-15 dogs at one time, and not having one bit of a problem.

    - Being able to walk from Times Square to the 6th Ave canyons to 5th and Madison Aves, passing by amazing brownstones in between, all in a matter, really, of minutes.

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    Corny, but I have to add: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Rockettes! Radio City Music Hall! If you think you're too cool, just get over yourself and let the pure spectacle overwhelm you -- or read Rem Koolhas' "Deleious New York" and feel really hip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp
    Last week at the 59th St A subway station: an Asian man in suit and tie with a keyboard, singing an aria...he was very good.
    Dude, you've seen James Qi? He used to play all the time at the 77th Street Lex station.

    I have to add the smell of horse manure outside the Plaza Hotel. Only in New York can it smell like doodie at a swanky city's swankiest intersection, outside of its most famous hotel. (Not that it detracts from the general splendor of New York, but still... :roll: )

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    I go into my bodega this morning and the cook gives my dog all the deli meat-ends that are left over from the slicer. Only the finest for a NY dog, its Boar's Head!

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    I haven't seen him in a while, but for over a year along the Hudson River Park bike route, I would occasionally see this guy on a big-wheel unicycle. It was always in the late morning, he was always heading south, and carried a pouch. He appeared to be commuting. I have seen him as far north as Riverside Park.

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    On the subway a few weeks ago these three young kids, around 8-12 years old, put on the music and started doing their routine. But they weren't just dancing, it was really gymnastics. One kid was doing push-ups on one hand only - nothing else touching the ground, while the train was moving. Another was doing back flips, like 7 in a row slapping the roof with his hand each time, and back handsprings up and down the car. This train was crowded and they never stepped on a toe. The car erupted in applause, which is very, very rare. They made a killing.

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    Only in New York?

    Waking up early, stepping out onto the streets while the sun's ascent into the sky provides a warmth and energy that reaffirms my faith in this atmosphere; unmatched anywhere.

    That's what I miss most.

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    Once,a panhandler asked me for twelve cents.He was serious,too.Didn't tell me what it was for,just that he needed 12 cents.
    I gave him a quarter,figuring that he would appreciate doubling his luck.He refused the quarter and wandered off down the street,looking for 12 cents...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fioco
    Do you ever say Yes? If so, Which train? What time?
    I never said yes, but I admired his ambition.

    On a less pleasant note, but surely an "only in NY" moment, I stepped onto the train and noticed a homeless person, laying on his side back to the car, with is hand stuffed down the front of his pants obviously pleasuring himself.

    I wouldn't mind if that imagery left my head someday.

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