Big Apple Built on Beaver Fur
The Big Apple was Built on Beaver Fur
Everyone has preconceived ideas of the Big Apple. Rude individuals, unfriendly shop keepers and taxi drivers, massive and overbearing skyscrapers, corn beef on rye and newspapers sold by vendors on every street corner and of course, the iconic yellow cab.
But most exciting of all, perhaps, are the mosaics dotted like forgotten breadcrumbs left as if by Hansel and Gretel of the famous fairytale.
Of special interest is that the beaver is revered in New York. It is no secret that New York was built on the fur of beavers, and was one of the exports that made the Dutch traders of old extremely rich.
When you arrive in New York find yourself a “New York Greeter” to show you the ropes, and is a service that is offered free of charge. The idea of the greeter is to pair up locals with tourists in order to show them around the city. The visit is a casual one, meant to entertain and is not overflowing with facts and figures. Greeters also do not expect to be tipped!
Your greeter will show you how the subway works and give you a more hands-on New Yorker experience of the everyday lives of the people, and not only a view through the eyes of a tourist.
A massive cube, dominating Astor Place is another fine piece of art which has been part of the landscape since the 60’s, and one to be enjoyed by the NYC visitor.
Keep an eye out for the mosaic art of the East Village. Find figurines and rare comics from St Mark’s Comic Shop or indulge in a decadent corned beef sandwich covered with lashings of Tasty Swiss cheese from the world-famous Katz’s Delicatessen.
Russ & Daughters supplies New Yorkers with the most delectable salmon or take a walk in trendy Highline Park.
There is so much to see and so much to do in NYC. The Big Apple certainly won’t disappoint, and beckons with promises of a good time had by all.