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NY Through My Eyes - West Village, October 2018
I started my You Tube series "NY Through My Eyes". My goal is to explore the most interesting NY neighborhoods. I took off with the West Village. More (and better) to come. I'll be talking a...

“The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” - Regret Number Four
I continue my posts about Bronnie Ware’s “Five Top Regrets of the Dying”. I wrote about regret no. 5 here. The fourth regret is: „I wish I stayed in touch with my friend...

Color Factory - Wake Up Your Inner Child
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Your Opinion of Me Is None of My Business
Yeah, I know. The second you hear the sentence I chose for the title of this post, it sounds very cocky to you. It sounds like my self-esteem is sky-rocketing and my ego is bursting at the seams. Bu...

“The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying” - Regret Number Five
For some reason, I’ve kept seeing again the list of “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying” poping up recently all the time. It’s a list created by Bronnie Ware, based on her best- ...

Step 61 - Forget About “Finding Your Passion”
I’ve already written in Just Like NY about “looking for a passion,” but I have a few new thoughts on the subject.  First of all, forget about this trend of “live yo...

Just Let Us Be the Woman We Want To Be
I was recently riding the subway and I looked around as I always do (unless I’m around my period and don’t want to look at anyone). I looked at women this time (it rarely happens, but th...

Breathwork with XPT
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Make Your Own Choice
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What’s the deal with meditation?
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Give What You Get
A week ago, I got a text message from a guy I went on a date with… a year before. I didn’t expect to hear from him again (which is why I deleted his number), so I was pretty surprised.&...

How I Decided To Give Up This Beauty Race
It happens that I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Upper East Side recently, and must say one thing – there are a lot of fake faces out there. And it really annoys ...

Beware of trash!

added: 2013-07-23 , category: Living in NY

Mercer street (2009)

Since Manhattan is full of exclusive boutiques, richest folks and most beautiful cars, you’d think everything here is top-notch. Wrong! The greatest shock you may experience during your first visit here is the scary amount of trash laying around every corner. It often happens that it’s difficult to cross the sidewalk because of huge plastic bags filled with things you’d rather not see the insides of. And if you think that this is probably „that day when they take the trash out” and „this stuff will be gone tomorrow”, prepare yourself  to see them the next day – if not in the same place, then right around the corner.

The first sentence you’re likely to utter then – and we shouldn’t be afraid of it – is: „How filthy!”. Especially since those bags don’t exactly smell sweet. I remember that after my first visit to NYC I said something to the effect of: „What a filthy city! I can’t understand anyone living here.” And yet, here I am ten years later.

Plastic bags are one thing, but you’ll be also surprised by other things laying on the streets, such as mattresses, old stoves, cabinets and chairs. Everything people deem unnecessary ends up on the street you’re just passing by. Take what you want: especially since most of those things are in mint condition. The ease with which people get rid of stuff over here sometimes truly astounds me.

New York is a very dirty city. It’s not the fault of the cleaning services, who are very much present, but of New Yorkers themselves. I noticed a very unappealing habit here: some people just throw their waste wherever they happen to be standing at (even if there’s a waste basket mere three feet away). It happens on the subway, too: I witnessed a four-people family had their fast food lunch and left all the trash on theirs seats. New Yorkers, you better behave yourselves!

In time you’ll get used to the trash, though, and won’t even notice it: it will become as natural a sight as yellow cabs. It won’t be until you visit another American city that you will become aware that a cultural capital of the US should finally clean up its act.

Hell's kitchen (June 2013).

Times Square (2006)


somewhere in Manhattan (August 2013)

And this is what I think about trash, Times Square, July 2013


Your comments

Ahh the sweet smell of NYC garbage in the morning....

JC davies (Racy JC), 2013-08-15 17:08:07

and in the afternoon and in the evening :)

Daga, 2013-08-17 19:08:16

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