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“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter–the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something.Of these three trembling cities the greatest is the last–the city of final destination, the city that is a goal…Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.”

– E.B. White 

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Quick updates from New York:

Today I had the awesomest street food since I came to the US. It’s a cart near Times square, on 45 street and 6th Avenue and is called Qwik Meal. I tried the lamb pita and it is to die for. Think meat marinated into such softness that it feels like tender fish.

Following that, I headed to see Phantom of the Opera. Everything you have heard about this Broadway show is true. It was amazing. There were soaring vocals, amazing acoustics and really cool special effects (though I was a tad disappointed that the chandelier didn’t really crash down as I had expected). I guess what made my experience more memorable was my rather excellent (front orchestra) seat.

My plans for the weekend include visits to the Museum of Modern art, the Met, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Sex and possibly the Bodies exhibition. As a first time NY visitor, I deserve all the pampering I can afford on myself!

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I am in New York City for the week for a math conference. Blogging will be light. Coffee intake on the other hand, is likely to be heavy.

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What is it about coffee shops that make them so awesome?

Anyway, what I want to say is, if you ever happen to visit Greenwich village in southern Manhattan and feel like going to a coffee shop, try out Think Coffee. And I am not saying that because I am anti-Starbucks or anti-corporation — I am not — or in support of their fair-trade/pro-organic position; but simply because they make the best Spanish latte ever, have free wireless, make good sandwiches, contain a fine book library, play eclectic music and provide an ambience that is hipper than any coffee-shop I have visited in the last year. And oh yeah, they also serve alcohol!

On the other hand, it is the perfect example of something SWPL might make fun of. It is expensive, upper-class, sophisticated, a tad pretentious and full of Mac users. Yes, sometimes I like to have my cake and eat it too :)

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Is shown most starkly by the graph below.

(Source: NYCLU)

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