I dropped my bags in the middle of the train floor, I took off my giant winter coat, dropped it next to my bags, and I stared at my foot. I learned via my paper map that just a few steps from my door was a crosstown bus that, on the regular, traveled right through Central Park to the east side. Instead, my right foot caught in the wide swath of denim that surrounded it, and as I descended, I caught myself on the side of my left foot… and broke it. As you might expect, upon my arrival to class, my professor immediately told me to go to the walk-in clinic down the street. It had apparently only taken me three months of city living to begin to have the mind of a New Yorker, because my first instinct was to run as fast as I could to catch that train.
Esther. Age: 24.
I actually had a paper subway map!
Alanna. Age: 31.
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Posts Likes Ask me anything Archive. That moment, fifteen years ago in lower Manhattan, was the first of many moments they really never stop where I was forced to readjust, recalibrate, and further question the city, and world, around me. For your new grandma-in-law getting homophobic and transphobic at your wedding reception.