Mary Kenny: New York, new you
Springtime in the Big Apple is a rejuvenating experience
The writer Nuala O'Faolain used to say that as soon as any woman stepped onto New York soil, she immediately dropped 10 years in age. Was this because, in New York, older women don't feel as invisible as they sometimes feel on this side of the Atlantic? Or because there's an energy about New York that is in itself rejuvenating? Either way, it's a great place to be in the spring.
You do feel younger in New York because everyone seems so active, and it has such an easy sociability. It must be the easiest city in the world to get into a conversation with a stranger. It must be one of the best cities in the world in which to walk everywhere. New York may be ageless, but it is not classless. Observe the upscale ladies around the designer boutiques in Madison Avenue, or entering the opulent Frick Museum at Fifth Avenue: the upper caste has always looked the same, with their expensive hair and well-preserved faces. Not that they're idle: they often serve as volunteers to the rich deposition of New York culture.