..."Manhattan extended a carpet of gold for those who came out to meet her. For those in search of the Goddess Fortune. For those knocking on the doors of Fortune. And she was happy, as always. It was a boisterous morning in the snow and sun. It was radiant and splendid. She was smiling while walking the sidewalks with the low-rise London buildings and neo-classical white stone cornices. The doormen and decked windows, the Renaissance buildings and massive style buildings of the Parisian school. Corinthian columns, the castle fortresses on Park Avenue with their warheads, battlements and towers. Jewish temples and Catholic churches and Protestant architecture. The packed restaurants and the smell of fresh tomato and chilies, hot chocolate and juicy blueberry muffins, sausage, chicken, potato chips and peanut butter.
She watched the beggars and the graffiti. Art galleries and studios. The private clubs and salons. Newsagents with cold beer and soda. Your laundry washed. Delis with freshly squeezed orange juice and cafes open from 6.00 to 6.00, with fresh onion bread with black peppercorns, eggplant and goat cheese sandwiches.
Manhattan winked at you with her fast and slow food and she seduced you with her air of yellow roses, coconut and carrot cakes on silver trays on red -checkered tablecloths.
Smells of Indian food and cheap jewellery sparkling in the sun. Italian coffee. Private parties and jazz trombones. Silvery- green hats and jackets. Japanese nail studios lit by green, pink and blue neon. A limusine. A US flag. Hot dog stands and free newspapers. At the traffic lights, the arrows pointed to various addresses. And ten million people who, like musical notes, composed the melody. A serene and dissonant, peaceful sound. The chords conjoined, were spoiled and were crazily mixed.
It was three in the afternoon by the time she got back to the redidence. She opened the door of the chapel and basked in the immense white light of Heaven.
And there, she thanked the Lord.
God came back into Existence."
Paragraph selected from Chapter 1st "At Home", Third Part "New York"