The Hunt is on......

The first thing you notice about New York is the queues.   When in the city you can’t escape one...for a taxi at the airport, to get seating in a cafe, for a cup of coffee, to get into museums, to get your photograph clicked with the bare torsoed model outside Abercombie and Fitch.  So enamoured was Tee with the Abercombie model that she asked whether it was possible get his abs sign an autograph for her. He won’t be interesting anyway so why bother, she snootily informed us.  The mother of all queues was for the ferry to the statue of Liberty.  One look at it and we fled for dear life.   The legendary long legged lasses (LLL) of New York  were nowhere in sight.  Perhaps they were held up too, waiting to get in to one of the famed sample sales?  

Our flight took us under six hours to reach New York from San Francisco and it took us three hours to make it to our hotel thanks to the long wait for luggage, taxi and getting stuck in the traffic.  For the sake of your sanity, please don’t drive in New York.

By the time we plonked our bags in our hotel room, we were dead tired.  But our enthusiasm was far from damp and like eager beavers we headed straight for NYC’s ultimate destination – the Times Square.   As we came out of the subway we felt dwarfed by the gigantic neon signs stretched across building facades.  No wonder they are called supersigns.  Anybody who is a somebody jostles for space here – New York Times, Reuters, the Conde Nast building, Ernst and Young headquarters.  The list is endless.  The Square, the epicentre of the city that never sleeps, throbs with an energy that tends to rub off on you.  It bedazzles you with its pomp and show and engulfs you with joie de vivre.  Even though it was well past midnight, the place was crammed with people, savouring the spirit of Big Apple. 

This is New York – a study of contrasts – snooty but welcoming.  Too busy to care yet mesmerizing. You just can’t escape its infectious charm.  A megapolis with an oasis-like Central Park nestled amidst a jungle of skyscrapers.  A city renowned for its Wall Street and the Museum Mile ( MOMA, Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art).  The financial capital of the world yet a Mecca for art aficionados.  A no nonsense subway, that works with clockwork efficiency, where busy corporates rub shoulders with the homeless begging for a few dollars.  As you wait for your train, don’t be surprised if a group of youngsters break into a rap.  As you climb up the stairs you might brush past a girl with soulful eyes playing the cello. 

Manhattan’s fashion district is a fashionista’s delight – from Juicy Couture to Ermenegildo Zegna to Jimmy Choo – you can find them all.  Walking in Saks 5th Avenue with stars in my eyes, one look at the price tags and I was out in 10 minutes flat.   The quaint LittleMissMatched store...the stunning Versace window display..... Macy’s sprawling floors.....the rare, friendly shop assistant with a dazzling smile...the famed food trucks that left us cold. 

You can catch one of the famed Broadway shows at the theatre district in your newly purchased Ralph Lauren dress, catch your breath in the Central Park listening to an acapella and spend the evening in one of the happening joints in Greenwich Village.  The city has the unique ability to captivate and gratify all ages and all tastes.  The five days just flew by and we were left asking for more.

And it doesn’t take much effort to work up a heart attack inducing credit card bill in NYC.

I may have been walking on sunshine, my heart doing a symphony but my eyes were constantly scanning the horizon for the LLL’s.  Spotting one is akin to sighting a tiger in the forest reserves of Ranthambore, so elusive are they.  I mean where were the statuesque women, with lamppost like legs, strutting their stuff in their little black dress?  I beseeched the husband with disappointment clouding my eyes.  I asked friends over dinner.  Have the Sex in the City babes migrated to Sarajevo en masse?  Inspired by Eat, Pray and Love are they now seeking nirvana is some remote ashram in Hissar? 

But each time my eyes managed to behold the rare specimen, I would erupt with joy.  So what if they were mostly in flip flops and maxi dresses!  Like a kid who has just spotted a rainbow, I would excitedly tug at the husband’s sleeve.  Alas he was too busy, immersed in one of his many maps, trying to locate the elusive bus stop for M4.  Now you know what twenty years of domesticity can do to you.

We had booked tickets for a Broadway show – Daniel Radcliffe’s How to Succeed Without Really Trying. It’s not as if we are great fans of musicals but watching a Broadway musical is touted as a must do in NYC.  The show was a revelation – electrifying performances by the ensemble cast especially the all grown up Harry Potter, speckled with the typical American sense of humour and backed by solid production values.  It was mesmerizing, to say the least. 

And I had my eureka moment too.  Dancing and singing lustily in their stilettos were my elusive gorgeous women of New York.  Each one looked like a beauty pageant contestant. Thankfully none of them was gushing about world peace or Mother Teresa.

I was a happy woman now, safe in the knowledge that my LLL’s were gainfully occupied, throwing up their arms and legs in the air, singing in falsetto. 

I squeezed the husband’s arm and sighed....Dahling, you were dead right about the women of New York. They are simply stunning.  And then in my sweetest voice I cooed... Can we go shopping now?  You know, I saw this lovely black dress at Macy’s....

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  1. reads like an account of your visit to bombay! ;)

    lovely read!!

    looking forward to your shopping experience now!! :)

  2. You cannot do this! You leave each post hanging!

    Speaking of broadway, check this out -

  3. I like it and am so happy you found them ....

  4. LLL in Hissar?....ha, ha.

    So did you shop a lot?

  5. Nice post! Seems you had a great time! So, how was the shopping?? Please post some pics too:)

  6. magiceye...It's been a while since I went to Mumbai.

    Pzes...It's not just for gays anymore LOL...Don't we all love Neil Patrick Harris (too bad he's gay)

    Rituparna...Happy for the husband's sake :p

  7. Alka...Well I thought I hadn't, till I discovered we have managed an extra suitcase and a duffel bag full of you know what!

    Akanksha...Shopping was great but I shopped more in the Bay Area. Pictures of New York?

  8. loved it...seemed like you had a lot of fun...

  9. Well, Tee must have lost a fortune in Macys n Saks;) LLLs and you dream about them? Interesting!20 years of domesticity? My husband is the same after 9 years:P

  10. Busy bustling NY! So what did you shop???

  11. Great!! I always find the shows and the tourist destinations impressive here. Everything is on a large scale and of best quality. It's not easy to describe the experience. Thanks for sharing :-)

  12. Sub....It was heavenly :)

    Cloud Nine...It doesn't take much to domesticate this species :p

    Ambika...The, bags, apparel and lots of chocolates:)

    Giribala....With a word limit it gets tougher :))

  13. Ah someday I wish you'd write a travelogue. Made for great reading, this piece! Seemed as if I were in New York along with you.

  14. A very colourful picture of New York indeed!

  15. ......Shhhhh....Be Vewy Vewy Quite...I am Hinting for Long Legged Lasses...*Aunty Ray Tip Toes with a shot gun in hand*
    ...But seriously you could have got back by gushing on about hot males around..that might have brought Uncle Ray out of the world of geography and topography.
    But you did find the Nymphs in the end....mission accomplished I say.
    You should have brought one along with you ;)

  16. karthick...He he

    Samadrita...There's so much to that city, one measly post can never to justice to it.

    sapna...It's a vibrant city :)

  17. Very nice description indeed, makes me wan to go for NY..
    Long legged lasses and Times Square..
    sounds impressive..

  18. Even in Europe, I was trying to check out all the sexy gora guys, but alas! Not one, not even one!!!..maybe all the gora sexy guys and LLLs are just a myth :(

  19. Did you go up Lady Liberty (no puns intended)? I want to know what it's like. I wanted to do that but I wasn't allowed (post 9/11).
    New York is a beautiful city. Pity I was too young to check out the ladies, though I did a good job of that in Florida. :D

  20. Prats...Ohh...he is quite used to the Mom and daughter duo checking out hot guys. We like to call them CG's.

    Perception...Impressive and loads of fun.

    Ana_treek...Hey! European women are gorgeous and they smell so good. And the Gora guys age well, should have checked out the older ones ;)

  21. D2...Naa...the queues for the ferry to Staten Island were serpentine and we were made to understand, the wait is much longer for the Lady herself.

    Our Florida visit was a decade back and we mostly stuck to Orlando.
    Tampa in Florida is very hot and happening. Did you go there?

  22. You made me remember the fun I had in NYC... awesome city !..can write pages bout it...

  23. You had a nice time then...

    in ur latest post I cant put a comment dont know why ...


  24. Shashank...So can I :))

    Bikram...It's an advertorial, I have disallowed commenting.

  25. From Long Legged Lungis to Long Legged Lasses.. I seriously cud use a change of scenery....NYC, here I come :D

    (after Vegas, that is :))

  26. Good Article

  27. hey Purba- I waited for weekend to read your post! huh, NY sure is a deadly place. Your mention of queues reminded me of waiting at the paid car parking for 20 mnts to get our car out. It sure was fun though. the walks around T.Sq. Miss it.

  28. Raj....Err I thought you were going to Dufai :p

    Sush....New York is such a charmer. it's hard to get over her.

  29. A lovely description of NY. And spending 5 days you had ample time to explore the city. So did you buy that dress from Macy's and burn a hole in hubby's pocket :)?

  30. Purba! Where have you been? Well, NY apparently. Loved the LLLs and I agree that they're a myth just like sexy italians, and bouffant Parisiens-but I expect all the tourists would think that all indian girls look like Ash or PC-imagine their shock!
    good to have u back!

  31. That was an interesting account of NY. Liked the part where you cajoled your hubby into shopping -i hate shopping:)

  32. Wow! you took us on a grand tour of New York.

    I didn't know Radcliffe has gone to do a Broadway show.Was he good?

  33. Abha...Yupp...A Ralph Lauren dress :)

    Confused yuppie- Damn!
    the handsome Italians are a myth too!

    Sajeev...Over the years we have perfected the art of managing shopophobic men.

    Sairam...He was phenomenally good.

  34. Purba,

    How sad! No LLLs.

    Take care

  35. New York City is so beautiful. :)
    Apart from the red seating area at Times Square, which gives a magnificent view overall, Rocerfeller Centre too is great.

    And, yes. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY QUE! Also, the empire state building one. I visited a few years back and my cousin told me to carry some board game along or else the wait would seem never ending.

  36. Jack...The credit for the term LLL goes to you :))

    Vishant....We are already making plans for our next trip :)) And you actually climbed up the Statue of Liberty?

  37. vow that must have been some trip :) :)


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