Monday 22 February 2016 3.25pm
Have you ever experienced any hassle whatsoever when walking around there? I haven't.
Not physical hassle no, but I felt positively uncomfortable there.
I'm unsure how to describe it, but it was very reminiscent of something I experienced in New York City when in my thirties.
I had spent the day in Chelsea, Manhattan, but had arranged to meet a girl friend on 113th. and Amsterdam to have dinner with her.
I wasn't terribly au fait with the subway system, but I knew from looking at a subway map that I could take the 4 train from 14th. St. to 110th.St. or 116th.St. in upper Manhattan, and walk from there.
The train, (my fault for not checking), was an uptown express, which skipped both 110th, and 116th. and stopped at 125th., in lower Harlem.
When I emerged at street level, I was about the only white face there, and although no one bothered me, or said one word, I was being looked at as if I'd just stepped from a space ship.
I walked along Martin Luther King Blvd. to the 125th. St. station at the junction of Malcolm X Blvd., and took the 2 train a couple of stops south to 110th. St.
My dinner companion, white, but married to a black guy, was in convulsions, she said that I was too naîve to be let out on my own.