• Mercedes Benstock

Back to NY

So yesterday we flew home to New York. The 8 hour flight seemed never ending, especially given that I only slept for about half an hour of it. But I did manage to get some work done while flying over the Atlantic ocean, blasting David Guetta on my ipod, and surviving on airplane food for dinner. I also want to “self nominate” myself for the most studious student ever, having to wake up at 6 am this morning, unpack, get dressed, and go to class after being awake for almost 24 hours. Brutality at its finest.

So on a completely different note, just as I arrive back In Manhattan, an outfit of civic minded residents -plan to hand out between 30,000-200,000 free name tags in New York on June 1st as a conversation starter in the alleged “city that never speaks”. The bazaar and quite insulting project “will break down the small barriers between people” and probate good said creator Michael Morgernstern who is a filmmaker. He also plans to have people upload footage of the event to a website which he will edit.

While I sit here thinking that this idea is ludicrous, other people seem to think it’s “fun” says Gail Morse. However the city’s rep comes to New Yorkers defense adding in that “New York is one of the friendliest places in the world” and New Yorkers are the least xenophobic, and most accepting people anywhere-she continued. “People misunderstand our hurried pace for rudeness-if we acknowledged everyone around us all the time, we’d never get anything done”.

While Michael Morgernstern’s mission is to make NYC “friendlier” I don’t quite see the point of the project. Wearing a name tag in the middle of Manhattan seems like an outcry for danger, not friendliness.

On a more friendly, and “lovey dovey” note yyesterday was the second anniversary for Prince William and the beautiful pregnant Kate Middleton. Although the two spent their anniversary apart, both of them were doing good deeds. Prince William was on duty, with his helicopter search and rescue squadron at RAF Valley located in Wales, while Kate was visiting the Naomi House Children’s Hospice, looking absolutely stunning in a peach colored dress and jacket, paired with nude heels and a coordinating clutch. The dutches greeted both children and staff with a smile on her face, and according to US weekly, the royal couple celebrated their anniversary a few days earlier by having a romantic dinner in London on Friday night.