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I pass by many weird and amazing sights on my normal route to work in the morning. If it's not hot I usually walk from Columbus Circle, which is ~ .7 miles, and pre-9:00 a.m. is the one time of day I love midtown. Only the workers and most determined tourists (i.e., packs of ladies in their sixties) are out and about, and every coffee shop is full, and there are lines of cabs waiting at the curb of every hotel, and the women all have their walking shoes on and 9 out of 10 people are wearing backpacks, even men in suits. Everyone seems fresh and eager and vulnerable in some way, I guess, before the day sets in, as if they haven't fully strapped on their masks yet, and if the air is brisk but not cold and the sun is shining, it's just about the most perfect thing I know.