Life in Manhattan goes on 24 hours a day every day. The Big Apple never gets a vacation or closes early for a holiday. Forget about Christmas or the 4th of July. I assure you, the city is open on those days too.
One of the pros of living in Manhattan is availability. You can do most anything you want around the clock. Let me give you some examples.
Let’s just say that I awaken somewhere between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. and I’m craving fruit–let’s just say fresh fruit salad–strawberries, oranges, blueberries, bananas, mango, grapefruit–whatever. I can walk one block to the local fruit stand on the street and as long as I have cash, my fruit salad is golden. For about nine months per year, I can buy fruit and veggies on the street 24 hours a day.
Next scenario—I am on my way home from hanging with the girls on a Friday night, and I decide I want a mani-pedi around midnight. Check! There are nail salons open all night in Manhattan, and after my spa experience, now I am longing for a snack at 1:30 in the morning. I can stop by a diner, perhaps a brasserie, or maybe even an Irish pub.
Suppose I need to leave the city very early, like 4:30 a.m.? Well lucky for me, our garage is open 24 hours also.
Maybe I have insomnia again! I decide to get up and go to the gym in the middle of the night, workout for a few hours, and then run my errands at the 24-hour Duane Reade. We know this could NEVER happen because I don’t go to the gym. But the thought was there. I’ll do early morning shopping at the Duane Reade because I visit there on a daily basis.
Or perhaps I’ll go to a very late movie, while craving a cappuccino and pastry. Plenty of all night coffee houses in NYC too.
I can’t forget about 24-hour shopping. The Apple store on Fifth Avenue is open 24/7, as is Best Buy and Wal-mart. Plus I can take the subway or maybe a bus, and definitely a taxi to get there. Believe it or not, I’ve walked outside and grabbed a taxi at 3:30 am without a problem.
And then there is the chance that I’m starving and have nothing to eat in the house and it’s too cold to leave. I can order most anything at any time and get it delivered.
Now honestly, except for hailing the cab, I’ve never done any of the things that I mention above. But it is reassuring to know that I can. Maybe one day I’ll want to satisfy my craving and go to the grocery store to pick up my ingredients, and then make a pineapple upside down cake at 2 a.m. Or better yet, maybe I can wake Michael and he can do it for me.