NYC Diaries, 25. Mai 2014: Vergilia’s Rule #1: Walk Fast or Get Out of the Way

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NYC Diaries, 25. Mai 2014: Vergilia’s Rule #1: Walk Fast or Get Out of the Way

As I said earlier, my trusty guide Vergilia has the uncanny knack of breaking down living in New York in easy-to-remember rules. As New York is big and we all want to see and do a lot of things, I’ll just start with transportation. Or, to be more precise, with walking.

When visiting New York City, you will walk. A lot. Of course, you will also use public transportation (which I will cover in another article) or use a cab (an adventure, which also deserves its own article). But let’s stick to walking, which I am (as people who know me might figure) not a big fan of. Or at least, I was. Walking through NYC grows on me – as you see a lot, from sights to the daily drama of a vibrant city.

New Yorkers walk fast. They are always in a hurry. “Being a little behind on schedule” is the standard state of mind. So they walk fast. And while they are friendly and helpful on most occasions, I strongly recomend to either keep up – or at least get out of their way, unless you are looking for a fight.

My being in NYC as part tourist, part on business has put me on both sides of things. While there are so many things to see and take pitures of, it is really annoying to run in yet another tourist fiddling with his camera or yet another group of sightseers blocking the sidewalk by walking side by side. Please don’t do that.

But, sitting in some midtown coffee shop having a latte, watching the people run by, one starts to wonder why. The reason is simple: New York is so vibrant that it make you feel guilty when you relax and do nothing. You will feel the need to do something. Even procrastinating is usually action-filled.

So it is no wonder that many New Yorkers I have met have an overcrowded schedule: They have a job, while getting another degree, which will qualify them for their life’s dream; they have just started or are about to start their own business on the side (which always seems to include helping the misfortunate or making jewelry or both), they volunteer at a non-profit fighting one or more of the world’s bigger problems, train fort the New York Marathon and also try to have something like a dating life (which is a topic for another entry – dating in NYC is fun, but has its side effects). So, they move fast. And who are we, as guests in the city, to hinder them in reaching their lifes’ goals?

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Helmut Barz
ist kein höheres Wesen, würde jedoch – nach seinem Ableben vor die Wahl gestellt – eine Existenz als Gespenst in Erwägung ziehen, vorzugsweise als Hausgeist der Deutschen Bibliothek. Eine Wiedergeburt als Panda wäre aber auch in Ordnung. Geboren in Braunschweig, wuchs er in St. Peter-Ording an der Nordseeküste auf. Nach dem Abitur und zwei Jahren Arbeit an verschiedenen Berliner Theatern studierte er Theaterwissenschaften in Gießen sowie Theaterregie in Frankfurt am Main. Hauptberuflich arbeitet er derzeit als freiberuflicher Kreativdirektor, Texter, PR-Consultant, Übersetzer und Regisseur: Er inszenierte unter anderem in Celle, Stuttgart, Frankfurt und Kapstadt. Seine schriftstellerische Leidenschaft gehört dem fiktionalen Schreiben: Er hat bis jetzt fünf Romane veröffentlicht, darunter die Krimiserie um die Frankfurter Kriminalpolizistin Katharina Klein. Seine (oft musikalisch untermalten) Lesungen haben im Rhein-Main-Gebiet eine treue Fangemeinde. Zurzeit lebt er in Offenbach am Main, hat jedoch auch viel Zeit in Kapstadt und New York verbracht.