When I was in college, I had an opportunity to take two dignitaries from Bosnia to NYC. A Bosnian Supreme Court Justice who also taught International Law at the University of Sarajevo and his Chief of staff. After seeing some sights they asked me what I thought they might like. I’ve always thought that St. Patricks is a unique and outstanding peiece of architecture unlike the surrounding brick boxes that make up the majority of the buildings in that area. I walked them down 5th Ave., and with a big wave of the arms, introduced them to the it: violia!
They took one disinterested look and started looking elsewhere. I was confused. “Do you want to go in?” I asked. They spoke a bit in their language and the Chief of Staff turned to me and said with his thick accent, “Eastern Europe is full of this kind of structure. We want to see 5 story walk-up…” and then his face lit up with delight…”preferably with fire escape!”
OK then, let’s go to The Village.