New Yorkers are known the world round for being rude and ruthless. I spent the past 36 hours in New York and saw so much kindness, many of which were random acts. To spread the love, I wanted to share what they did with you.
1. Cabbie Kindness After a 7-mile walk around the city looking at apartments in the bitter cold, my realtor was going to treat us to a cab ride back to the office. Upon entering the cab, she noticed the meter wasn’t on and told the cab driver. He said he was going to take us to our destination for free because it’s on his way home. He wouldn’t even accept a tip, just insisted on wishing us a happy new year. (Greenwich Village to Chelsea)
2. Welcome Drinks My friend’s cousin (who I essentially just met 30 minutes earlier) picked up the tab for not only one but both of my glasses of wine. (Upper East Side)
3. The Fallen Wallet Walking down the street I saw a man grab a woman’s hand to stop her as he bent over quickly to pick up her fat check book that had just fallen. She clearly hadn’t realized it had flopped out of her purse and he didn’t hesitate to give it back despite how easy it would have been to keep. (Upper West Side)
4. Travel Tips From a Stranger to Avoid Fees I found an apartment I loved on Monday and was in the middle of the invasive, expensive and extensive application/rental process on Tuesday. Due to a mix-up along the way, I was going to miss my original flight on American Airlines. I called to rebook, anticipating at minimum a lengthy and painful pleading process since I had already checked in. Instead, the woman said I needed to talk with the Aadvantage desk, and offered me a tip to avoid fees. (Her expert tip: There was a weather notice in Chicago, so she told me to bring that up and ask to rebook on a later flight for that reason. It worked!)
5. Above-and-Beyond Realtor I understand that realty is a service industry and realtors usually work weird hours. However, the realtor I lucked out finding was available at all hours of the day, was extremely friendly and honest, and worked with her team and the landlord from every angle to help me get the apartment I really wanted before I left town. On top of getting the lengthy process done in record time (working nights weekends and holidays), she also got me a discount on rent. Her name is Etie Kahn in case anyone else in New York needs a real estate agent!
I am so happy to be moving to New York, and love all the good vibes all around. Mental note: I need to sign up on NewYorkCares.org so I can volunteer to do things like walk dogs the shelter my friend Lauren does and keep the good vibes flowing.