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Day 30: The Joy of De Feet

July 26th · 4 Comments

To live in New York is to walk in New York, and after a month my soles are callused and I lose weight no matter how much white sauce they pour on my gyros. It’s all good; hoofing it, in case you haven’t heard, is hip.

New Yorkers have some of the lowest carbon footprints of any city-dwellers in the country, which of course is because no one drives. Now others are hopping off the wagon. This week Google Maps added a “walking directions” button, and even the internal-combustion capital of Dallas may change its zoning laws to make its neighborhoods better for pedestrians.

I love walking in Manhattan because of the people. At 57th Street and Lexington today, every kind of person stood with me waiting for the light to change – Madison Avenue types cruising for tail, Des Moines sophomores hunting for Manolo Blahniks, panhandlers asking for quarters and six-year-olds looking between legs for the nearest Mr. Softee truck.

When I first got here, a walk of 25 blocks in the July humidity had me flopping on the couch from exhaustion. (Yes, an affordable couch has been found.) Now that walk is no big thing. Next, I ought to think about acquiring some summer footwear more fashionable than the Tevas I used to use to hop the creeks back in Californ-i-a.

Tags: Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival · Why I Love This Town

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anjali // Jul 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Egads! Those toes are in desperate need of a Manhattan pedicure!! I know you nixed my man-purse suggestion, but please, Ferris, for the sake of your feet and those who are unwillingly exposed to them, it’s high time you tap into your metrosexual side.

  • 2 Chris Sidner // Jul 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Ten years ago (and more) I was in NYC sidner@boomerbythesea.coma few times a year. I noticed then there were NO heavy people due to all the walking (and maybe stress. too?). I haven’t been there much lately – wondering if that’s still true with our epidemic of obesity?

  • 3 anne // Jul 27, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Go to Harry’s bway & 83rd.

  • 4 anne // Jul 28, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Vanity goes out the window, comfort is key.
    Harry’s is the functional (read ugly) shoe store.
    I miss taking the 1/9 to Columbus Circle after a night shift (5 a. m.) and walking down bway to 96th and stopping at 80th for a Gray’s Papaya dog. A surprising number of colorful characters to be seen along the way.

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