Welcome to the New York City Cricket Guide from my walkabout in New York City

When I had come home from my walkabout in New York City, there were great photos and a lot of places that I felt when I was there had some significance but I didn’t remember what. So, I’ve been taking the photos occasionally and looking up the information about the places. And, I found some very interesting stuff.

This blog is to take advantage of those nifty things and share them with others who might enjoy knowing about it and looking up those things when they are visiting New York City some time.

It is always obvious that there are museums which are wonderful and great tourist spots, restaurants and such. Not always as obvious is that there are neat stories underwriting many of those great places in a city, along with some less known but just as wonderful spots.

The people in New York City – as would be expected in nearly any and every city in the United States, walk around places which are steeped in art, beauty, history, interesting stories, previous lifetimes, accomplishments, politics, and people’s lives that have gone before us to create these things.

I live in Atlanta’s metro area in a suburban community which sits where neighborhoods once had children playing in the streets by the streetlight chasing lightning bugs and playing tag. But, now these spaces are filled with storefronts that sit unused in typically long flat spaces of asphalt and ugly, ugly barren suburban style strip shopping centers, cars filling the roadways six lanes across and typical American suburban chain businesses lining the streets. There are rarely, if ever any children playing or people walking though sidewalks abound and generally the weather is mild.

In New York, the lifestyle was vast and different. Along with the beautiful buildings and spaces found there, I noticed a character of enchanting openness, awareness and motion. People moved about the city constantly by train, subway, bus and car – but much more of that motion were literally people walking to go to the places where they work, live, shop and explore.

Truly amazing. People talked with one another. They walked side by side and were not distant in thought but noticed one another and would stop for someone taking a photo or to give directions despite their need to get where they were going. It is a very different atmosphere from where I live and from the way Atlanta’s people act towards one another generally.

So, this blog and the others I just created accidentally while trying to make this one are intended to be about the things I discovered when going to New York, the things I had studied before going there, the photos I took while there and the research I did about those places after getting back.

There are amazing stories that I discovered and amazing places which came to exist as we find them now after many people’s hands and minds worked to create them – sometimes working together and sometimes not. But, in each way the influences are still seen there now and the total sum of its parts are genuinely greater than the individual parts could’ve ever been left on their own. The New York City that I found recently or that can be seen today belongs to us all as a National Treasure and for that reason, it is mine too.

And, there is a lot about it that worth celebrating as Americans and to remind us that what is great about America is still within us – even in this generation.

Welcome to the New York City Cricket Guide 2011.

– cricketdiane



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