There are so many things about New York City that I never believed were real. I used to watch Hey Arnold! on Nickelodeon every day after school and would gaze in wonderment at ice cream trucks and kids playing in the water falls of open fire hydrates. But, where I grew up, amongst hog farms and unpaved roads, these were myths.
And I’m not the only one who thought this! Yesterday had dinner with my friend Bob, who is a student at Yale and interning at a museum in the city during the summer. “I didn’t know ice cream trucks were real until I was 14 years old. I thought they only existed in cartoons.” I began thinking about all the stuff that to someone from a small, rural town truly finds utterly unbelievable.
People really do buy cold treats from trucks playing circus music. People ready do open fire hydrates and pretend the gutter is a water park. People ready do eat hot dogs from stands that are literally on every corner. People ready do flag down yellow cars that will take them anywhere in the city. People really do play drums and sing underground and on trains and then ask for money. People really do spend $3000.00 on bottles of champagne at rooftop pool parties in Chelsea. People really do go into stores and max out credit cards instead of paying rent. People really do where heels during the daytime.
I see it all, and love it more every day.