With the onset of the Northeastern United States’ third severe nor’easter storm in the past eleven days, this one dumping some two feet of snow and white-out blizzard conditions this past Tuesday, I was sent an extra day early to beat out the storm — mind you after a 10-hour work day that culminated with the closing of a sale on a CPO 2015 BMW 328 to a previous client of mine — to my scheduled sales training at BMW Regional Training Center in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Thankfully, the New York-New Jersey area didn’t get hit hard with this most recent storm, and rather than be stuck in my miserable hotel room in suburban New Jersey, decided to venture into New York City for my extra day off from work (the whole dealership was actually closed anyway due to the storm).
Now I’ll be totally honest when I say that I’ve never been a huge fan of New York. Other U.S. cities I’ve visited, such as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco, were ones I instantly fell in love with. New York, however, has just always intimidated me. It’s just too big, too concrete jungle, and overall hectic. Yet I think it’s the vast amount of unknown that’s always intimidated me. You see, each visit to New York of mine during my life, I’ve mainly stayed in the super-commercial, super-touristy areas of Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue.
This time, which was my first time solo in New York, I decided to check out the more authentic areas of SoHo and Greenwich Village by foot, with no real planned destinations. In the many blocks I covered, however, I rather excitingly came across this famous apartment building that was used in exterior shots for the 1990s-early 2000s sitcom, “Friends”, a show that was a very big part of my childhood, and still is today.
A few blocks away, I came across this exceptionally well-preserved and unmolested 1989 Honda Civic hatchback (which I only took these two pictures of, as I knew I was being watched with a glaring eye). While the fourth generation Civic is a car that I’ve never been a fan of, as usually it’s the sedan’s and wagon’s awkwardly tall and short proportions, and very boxy styling that come to mind, seeing my first hatchback in many miles stopped me dead in my tracks.
Staring at it, I couldn’t help but form the opinion that this particular bodystyle is actually a rather attractive car, and a highly functional design at that. With Friend’s iconic “I’ll Be There For You” theme song now stuck in my head, I thought of how it related to this almost three-decade old Honda. Regardless of how many owners its had, it’s clearly always been there for them, paid off long ago and likely requiring little more investment than basic maintenance.
During my short time in New York, I was able to discover a newfound love for the city, primarily because of my very basic, no-frills method of self exploration. Similarly, I also found a newfound and lasting appreciation for the fourth generation Civic hatchback, something that is also very basic and no-frills in its very existence. I guess “no one told you life was gonna be this way”.
Photographed: Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York, New York – March 2018