I’ve been working down in Soho for the past several months but now I am, happily, back in midtown Manhattan. It’s where the action is. Casual observation: Soho tourists are all from Europe. Midtown tourists are from the U.S.
My morning walk takes me past the Brooks Brothers store on Madison Avenue. This window display caught my eye. Initially, I couldn’t figure out what kind of nutty theme they were going for with the lemonade stand. I then realized that these clothes are for children!
Who the hell goes to Brooks Brothers to shop for children’s clothing?! Rich New Yorkers are a crazy lot. There seems to be a constant push to fashion their kids into tiny adults. I think a lot of Upper East Side children are treated more like fashion accessories than individual personalities. They’re mirrors that mom and dad can peer into and see themselves. I don’t think they have normal upbringings. Look at these clothes! They’re ridiculous!
Who’d want to wear a blue jacket with a gold Brooks Brothers crest on the breast? And are people still tying sweater arms around their necks? These clothes AREN’T CHEAP and if you have kids, you know that they grow out of them in very short order.
It’s not envy. Even if I had the money to buy The Daughter’s clothes at Brooks Brothers, I wouldn’t do it. I’d feel like a pretentious idiot.
Do you know who buys their kid’s clothes at Brooks Brothers? The same dopes who wait in a line outside Grand Central Station that stretches out the door to buy a $4.95 cup of coffee.
You can walk one block in any direction and get a perfectly acceptable cup of coffee from a coffee cart for $1. No waiting!
Early morning Bryant Park behind the Library. The lawn was watered overnight so all the chairs were removed. Some guy carries an arm full of chairs onto the lawn, places them at equal distances apart in a perfect line, and walks away.
I understand why people feel this place is uninhabitable. Country legend Buck Owens wrote a song called I Wouldn’t Live in New York City (If They Gave Me the Whole Damn Town). But I love this joint and all its crazy citizens.