24 August 2012

New York streets

Yesterday, I experienced a really New York experience as I stood at the corner of Court Street about to enter the Borough Hall subway station.

It was really crowded since it is basically downtown Brooklyn - there were a lot of suits walking around.

I stood looking around, double checking that I had completed all the paperwork at the Department of Ed building.

Next thing I know, what I think is a piece of trash I see out the corner of my eye starts to scoot toward me.

I don't think too much of this trash until it is really close.

Then I realize that it is not actually trash.

Inatead if the ball of plastic I envisioned moving toward me, I see something different.

I see a brown mouse!

Running toward me, then between my black Croc ballet flats.

Only one other person around me seemed as shocked and disgusted as I was.  I wanted to scream, but was frozen, perhaps instinctually so my phone would not drop... I don't know.

I do know that I watch my step more now.

And not just to avoid dog shit and used gum.

Hopefully, I get internet in my place Monday.   I have now missed two days of blogging and feel horrible for doing so.  Plus, I know many of you would like to hear of my other adventures so far during my first week in my new city.


  1. Oh. My. Goodness. Oh. My. Goodness. Oh. My. Goodness. .....!!!!!

  2. I can't wait to hear more! I encountered many a large rat when I lived in the city (Chicago).

    On business in NYC any moons ago, I was staying at one of Leona Helmsley hotels by Central Park. I was watching tv and heard something. When I got up to look, I saw a mouse running around my room. I opened my door to let it out and it ran into the room next door. I knocked on the door to let the guest know. Opening the door was the actor Armand Assante. He was cute and not at all phased by the mouse, nor was the hotel when I called them!

    Hope you're getting settled!

  3. Just looked up Mr. Assante. What a good looking person to look at and momentarily take your mind off the rodent.

  4. If it is any conolation we get them in the house from time to time, in winter as they come in to get out of the coldand we are in an average town not a city.

    Oddly chocolate works best in the traps not cheese, sorry a little random I know but it may come in handy!

    1. I don't want to be a mouse warmer!!

      But I will try that sort of trap if it does happen.


    Even a somewhat hardened New Yorker, such as myself, wigs out when rodents cross their paths. Eeeeeeeeeek! Sorry you had to experience that!
    Some Dark Romantic

    1. I am glad I am not the only one who doesn't like them. I was beginning to think that all New Yorkers were cool with them.

      I've seen them in the subway stations, but never (until that day) just on the street.


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