While workers are, reportedly, banging huge holes in every wall of my apartment (for upgraded wiring) and my piano sits in the middle of my bedroom along with who else knows what, I’m living in “other places.” This “extended exile” in apartment renovation limbo, is really starting to fray my last nerve.
My husband and I tried to sublet an apartment so we could stay in one place, but no one wanted my cats in their “pad.” John and I were welcome to plunk down wads of cash to stay in a sublet, but my cats were not welcome to plunk down their paws.
In case you have never had to move, and suddenly find yourself needing a place to stay, keep in mind what I have learned, which is this: “pet friendly” means “dog, one, under 15 pounds, and NO CATS EVER!” This applies to hotels, motels, inns, short-term stay places, and everywhere else. If someone is allergic to cat dander, I can understand not wanting to offer sanctuary, but otherwise, what’s wrong with cats? Isn’t it a bit crazy that a dog that can’t even use a litter box or clean himself, that sheds, and drools is ok, but cats who sleep most of the day, eat carefully, use a litter box, and clean themselves up afterwards, are not welcome?
I am happy to say that for now, I’m back in New York, but not in Manahttan, which means it is a serious hassle to attend events. Before this week, I wasn’t even in the State, let along the City. But after a couple of weeks of virtual isolation, not home, but at least in Brooklyn, I walked to the nearest subway station, and waited on a steamy platform for the one train that could take me back to Manhattan. I grew up in Bensonhurst Brooklyn and had to take the B West End from nearly the end of the line, to wherever I needed to go in Manhattan. My sister and I attended Packer Collegiate Institute — the trip to and from school could take up to three hours a day. It was hot, and dirty (there were always track fires), but there was a silver lining. On the Pacific Street subway station there was, (at that time), a candy machine right on the platform. I think the candy was fifty cents, but whatever it was, we’d eagerly put our quarters into the candy machine, and relish twizzlers, Sky Bars and Necco Wafers, while waiting to get where we needed to go.
Last night, all of this flashed back as I boarded a train leaving Brooklyn for A Geneva Watch launch near Times Square. The train was stuffed with people apparently living further out in Brooklyn than I currently am. But as we made our way back to Midtown, a panhandler who squawked like a chicken, and made lots of other barnyard sounds, while singing about Puerto Rico, entered the car. It was very hard not to snicker (I managed) but many didn’t. That’s (free) entertainment!!!!
I got out of the subway, and looked around. People were rushing, everywhere. It really was exciting. After the quiet neighborhoods I’ve been living in, New York City was so alive, as if someone flicked a switch to “on.” Although I am a New York native, after a few weeks of being outside of Manhattan, I drank in the excitement like a tourist. Suddenly, I understood why people come to NYC from all over the world and stand as I did (at least for a moment), stark still, just being there.
After standing there, stunned, for a short while, I began to realize (as do tourists) that you can’t just stand in one place on a City sidewalk. You have to keep moving. I went to the Geneva Watch Launch. I saw a lot of very beautiful (but actually, affordable) watch brands with styles launching in the Fall and for holiday 2012: sporty Cronotech and Shark Freestyle watches, elegant, deep blue watch faces and bands for Kenneth Cole New York, trendy wrap watches from BCBGeneration, a new line of Sperry Top-Sider watches (launching in Spring 2012), bold designs for Kenneth Cole Reaction, higher end Breil Italian made watches, that are under the Geneva banner, including a fun trend watch called ICE Watch.
This particular brand features colorful watch faces and bands with lightweight plastic or silicone straps and a coterie of rock stars that already are wearing ICE in music videos. There are a lot of different styles. The collection photo shows a colorful basic watch, but you can get Ice watches with crystals, and all sorts of different watch faces and band colors and patterns, even a few that glow in the dark like light sticks at a festival. This Ice Clear watch is my favorite and it’s affordable at around $85.00. Color will be so important this Fall and into the Winter, but if you’re already wearing a lot of bold colors, this clear watch lets you accessorize virtually any color without clashing. It has a Polyamide + – Clear band with a Polyamide + – Clear case, a Sunray silver dial. It’s water resistant to 5 ATM and has a 2 year warranty.
The packaging for ICE watches are cute, too — large cubes that look like toy building blocks that also double for a bank (so you can save for your next Geneva watch).
After oogling watches and having a (green) drink atop a roof deck overlooking Times Square, I left the launch event. But I couldn’t help wandering around the streets just a little bit more, soaking in the fun, the action, the possibilities.
I miss Manhattan!!!!!
Alison Blackman Dunham