I like walking in midtown Manhattan when it’s dark outside. Two summer’s ago I would walk from Sidewalk Cafe to Penn Station every Monday night/Tuesday morning around 4am. It was always very calm, and it reminded me of scenes from movies about a rundown New York City. Dark, dirty, and generally unpleasant.

But the walk was always a good way to finish out a long day. Two nights ago I walked to Union Square from the Penn Station area, around 10:30pm. The only real difference at this time is that there are more people out. I saw a homeless man sitting on the street, and he asked for change. When I told him "sorry, not tonight" I looked him in the eyes, which was out of the ordinary for me, and smiling he said "that’s alright, god bless you."

Walking! What a pleasant activity.

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