This bull at right is the only sign of livestock I have seen in Manhattan over the past three days. I think this is all there is for
agriculture in this part of the United States.
Actually this 7,100 pound bronze statue, just on the edge of Wall Street, was designed by artist Arturo Di Modica in 1987 after the stock market collapsed. He designed and created it on his own at a cost of about $360,000 and actually snuck in at night and placed in the financial district as a sign of the potential, strength and optimism of the U.S. economy.
The City of New York really didn’t want it, but the people liked it, so the city found a corner for it, and it has become a popular tourist attraction. People like to touch it for good luck. I didn’t have the chance to get that close, but I am sure even driving by must be worth something.
I know people in Leader, Saskatchewan who don’t like to go to Regina because it is too big and too busy. Well even coming from a city like Calgary, which is about a million people to Manhattan, I can say it is too big and too busy, here. Apparently on any given working day there are about five million people in Manhattan, and at about 4:30 p.m. each day about three million leave for their homes somewhere off this island. It is a major exodus.
I was in Time Square last night just before midnight and I can safely say there was no sign of anything shutting down. It really doesn’t look much different there whether it is 11:30 in the morning or 11:30 at night, except that the lights are brighter.
Today it was a trip to Central Park and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art…that was nice too, but to be honest I can only look at Egyptian artifacts so long, or handle a limited number of fancy sitting rooms filled with furniture from the 1700 and 1800s.
We did stop in at Saks 5th Ave, which is a high-end chain of U.S. department stores The Bay has recently proposed to buy. I thought it would be good to see if this long-standing Canadian company was making a good investment. Unfortunately Saks had nothing I needed. I didn’t see one aisle of hunting and fishing supplies, or a single hammer. Give me Canadian Tire any day.
They did have a lot of very expensive clothing and cosmetics, and a host of clerks who knew better than to waste their time trying to interest me in anything. In fact a couple looked like they were planning to call security to have this “homeless” guy escorted from the store.
Pictured at right is one pair of shoes my sister glanced at. These cost $5,900 a pair. She put them back, but not before my brother-in-law, pictured below had the shock of his life.
Anyway, we pull the pin on Manhattan Friday and head off south through Connecticut and into Kentucky. Can’t wait to get back on the road and see a corn field, grain and the real world again.
Lee Hart is a field editor for Grainews in Calgary, Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]