In the mornings, the headline news flits on the LCD screen in the elevator - celebrity gossip, weather, word of the day, stock market.
All the elevators in the city with LCD screens are connected to the same feed. So you can get out of one elevator and into another without missing a beat. I bet the bike messengers have this unsettling experience as they go from building to building.
For the couple minutes that you're in the elevator, standing on top of perfect strangers, the LCD screen is a welcome distraction.
It's like looking over the shoulder of a fellow passenger in the subway - you can focus on their New York Post instead of the guy in front of you, behind you and to the sides.
Space to yourself is a real luxury here. Enjoy it when you can.
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