Contrary to popular belief, not all New Yorkers walk and talk quickly. I stroll on occasion, usually with my camera. Picture-taking forces you to slow down. But like many of my comrades, I walk quickly with purpose to the office.
It's a hoot during the winter. A crowd of people will walk down the sidewalk, slow down and nearly stop at the corners, where there are huge slushy ponds.
Then it's like a herd of cattle trying to cross a creek. Some will analyze the shallowest way through and after a second, brave the chill. Others might be wearing tall rubber boots and walk on without hesitation. Most will stand helplessly, craning their necks and looking about, until the light change forces them ahead.
Tough Times, in Midtown, Touring About Fifth Avenue, Midtown and Faces in a Crowd, Midtown.