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Old 05-27-2008, 04:48 AM
 
Location: UWS -- Lucky Me!
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We knew how to take the train to 59th street and change to take the BMT (does it still exist) to Fifth Avenue. Christmas was not Christmas without a trip to Macy's to see Santa, lunch at Horn and Harduts (spel?) loved to put the nickels in, look at all the Holiday windows on Fifth Avenue
The lines exist, although some routes have been changed. Those would be the Yellow lines. No more IRT, IND, BMT. They did away with those distinctions, as routes of different "companies" overlapped.

Horn & Hardarts and the nickels. Yes. I guess the closest equivalent today would be Starbucks, except that H&H was economical and, well, you know the rest.

BTW, there was a lot at NYCB that you could have enjoyed, even as a little kid, besides Nuts. It was still Balanchine's company then. Less so now.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:59 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Unusual? Are you kidding? This girl sounds like a gem. The fact that she was born in, raised in, and is utterly familiar with, the Bronx, but Manhattan presents a mystery, makes this girl leagues-and-yards above other NYC women. She is obviously a woman of quality.

Your son needs to do right by her and pop the question.

The only thing that could make her better would be for her to be born in, raised in, and utterly familiar only with Brooklyn. But nobody's perfect.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I thought this was strange, but maybe it is just me.

My son is a student at a college in Manhattan, and dating a girl from the Bronx. She was raised in the Bronx. She goes to college in the Bronx. And he sees her mostly in the Bronx, because he works there.

She's lived her whole life in NYC. She's 21. Never been much of anyplace else. My son was born in Queens, and moved with us as a small child to central/northern NJ. He has spent a lot of time in Manhattan tagging along, and we also did a lot of things in NYC with our kids.

So I met them for lunch the other day, on the upper west side, by columbia, at the subway stop on broadway. He had to drop something off at an apartment on Riverside Drive, and then we went to one of the restaurants in the area. While we were on RSD, she looked across the street and asked "OH! Is THAT Central Park?"

So I answered "No, that is Riverside Park. Central Park ends at 110th street". We had a little talk about Manhattan streets then, and it was clear that she did not know that Fifth avenue is the divider in most of Manhattan for east and west side, or that RSD was a pretty far walk from Fifth ave.

Later in the restaurant (still near Columbia) , she indicated that she thought Greenwich village was close by. I asked "How do you not know these things? You grew up in NYC!" She said oh, no, she grew up in the Bronx, and didn't get to "the city" much. She'd never been to midtown except on dates with my son. And her family thought that Columbia University was in Harlem. My son gave her a confused look then and said "no, we're near Harlem. This is Morningside Heights."

Is this common for young people from the outer boros to know about as much about Manhattan as a tourist? Is it really such a different world?
I would say its somewhat common. There are people like that, but most people are at least somewhat familiar with Manhattan. Because of work/education people usually have to go to Manhattan at some point or other during their life.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I could be wrong,, but isnt Morningside Heights part of Harlem??
Yeah it is part of Harlem. I used to think it wasn't, that it was a separate neighborhood but technically it is part of Harlem. I know for some people that is hard to believe. It's basically a neighborhood within a neighborhood.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:35 AM
 
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well all this is news to me. I know Manhattan is not the center of the universe, but seriously, to be that removed from the city you live in, is amazing. then again, I figure most people who were born and grew up in Manhattan, dont know the ins and outs of the boroughs either..
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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well all this is news to me. I know Manhattan is not the center of the universe, but seriously, to be that removed from the city you live in, is amazing. then again, I figure most people who were born and grew up in Manhattan, dont know the ins and outs of the boroughs either..
yup, grew up in CT & Jersey and only know Manhattan. aside from, some friends and family in SI and going to the airports & the us open, i know NOTHING about the boroughs.

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Old 05-28-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: America
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Unusual? Are you kidding? This girl sounds like a gem. The fact that she was born in, raised in, and is utterly familiar with, the Bronx, but Manhattan presents a mystery, makes this girl leagues-and-yards above other NYC women. She is obviously a woman of quality.

Your son needs to do right by her and pop the question.

The only thing that could make her better would be for her to be born in, raised in, and utterly familiar only with Brooklyn. But nobody's perfect.
^^

pretty much
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:03 PM
 
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Not unusual by far. There are some people in the outerboroughs who wouldn't touch the "city" with a stick if they could. LOL.

And Morningside Heights is definitely a section of Harlem.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:12 PM
 
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yup, grew up in CT & Jersey and only know Manhattan. aside from, some friends and family in SI and going to the airports & the us open, i know NOTHING about the boroughs.
At least you know MAN HA TTAN! Most people from New Jersey have never been to MAN HA TTAN or can even tell you much about it. And Staten Island, which is adjacent to NJ, some people think is in EUROPE!
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:40 PM
 
Location: UWS -- Lucky Me!
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When I was in high school on the Jersey shore, the legal drinking age in NJ was 21, but in NY it was 18. Believe me, my teen-aged classmates knew how to get to NY -- including Staten Island!
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