I love downtown Manhattan, the financial district, in the evening. There's serenity in a place where one wouldn't believe there could be. When I leave my work place at 7pm, I'll often walk down broadway, all the way to Whitehall station (roughly 1.5 miles from where I work) just to enjoy the quiet streets. Most businesses close by 7ish, it's not like midtown in the financial district.
Lunchtime is a different story, that's when I absolutely loathe downtown Manhattan. Between construction, tourists, workers, students, beggars, and everyone in between, it is impossible to walk continuously in a straight line on a single street. Everything is open and people are shoving whatever crap they sell into your face. It's exhausting just thinking about it. The most annoying are those happy people in the street who are trying to make you donate money towards their charity. I won't make eye contact or I'll walk by so fast that they don't even try to stop me. Those people should go to wall street where bonuses are more than what I make in the year.
Day and night are two different creatures in the financial district. During the day, GET OUT OF MY WAY. During the night, walk a bit without fright.
My favorite past time at night, going to whole foods to get groceries on a Wednesday evening. It's empty and no one is out with their annoying children. Or grabbing a coffee/pastry at Pret A Manger or Aroma Cafe on Church Street near the PATH station.
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