Today I visited a lower class neighborhood. South Washington Heights to be more specific (the 160s and 170s). Here are my observations:
(1) Children everywhere. Hundreds of them, maybe even thousands. There are almost as many kids around as there are adults. In Hell’s Kitchen, you can look up and down Ninth Avenue and not see a single kid at all. Lower class people sure know how to reproduce.
(2) People sitting around doing nothing. The streets are busy in Hell’s Kitchen, but everyone is walking somewhere or doing something. In the lower class neighborhood, you see people sitting around on their stoops doing nothing.
(3) Signs in Spanish. Maybe there were even more signs in Spanish than there were in English?
(4) People have darker skin. There’s no place in New York City where everyone is white, but where I live whites are the majority. In Washington Heights, I was the minority.
(5) No doormen. There were some residential buildings big enough to have doormen, but the familiar doormen were not present. However I suspect that many doormen live in this neighborhood when they’re not working. How do people buy stuff from Amazon.com if there’s no doorman to receive their package?