Tuesday, August 17, 2010
GO by the numbers
There were 45.6 million visitors to NYC in 2009, so I'm not exactly unique in my choice of vacation spot.
I spent my share of the reported $28.2 billion, too, with new Keens and bags of gifts from the Met. I also love to pretend I still live there, so I build in shoe repair while I'm visiting, and often buy everyday things like underwear and purses.
My newest piece of luggage is from Lord & Taylor, 5th and 39th, first floor toward the back.
I know there are other cities worth touring, but I'm a numbers person, and New York has them.
There are about 40,000 location shoots in NYC annually, so the chances of running into Chris Cooper or Andy Garcia are pretty good. My favorite sighting: Marian Seldes, the day after I saw her in Three Tall Women. And a couple of years ago my friends and I were almost in a scene from I Am Legend when we wandered onto 6th during a shoot.
New York City has 13, 237 licensed taxis and 37 orchestras; there are 117 institutions of higher learning, 106 museums and 401 art galleries in Manhattan alone.
Do I have more reasons for choosing NYC every time? How about 18,696 eating establishments and 128 bookstores.
More than 12 million theater tickets sold in the 2008-9 season. A couple of those were mine, including one for Angela Lansbury's Tony performance in Blythe Spirit.
Fun fact: Broadway is one of the longest streets in the world, starting in Lower Manhattan and ending in Albany, 150 miles later.
The numbers are not all rosy: 26,400,000 pounds of garbage are produced daily. (But notice how neatly it's tied up.)
And if you want "green" look at Central Park with its lawns, lakes, and 2 iceskating rinks.
All this and Safety, too!
The FBI named New York the safest big city of 2009.
I can hardly wait till my next date with Times Square.