Monday, June 13, 2011
Summer Room with a View
I love the city even if it is a little overwhelming...and we Abu Dhabi kids will have a few things to learn. No longer will we be stared at on the street, but neither can we be indiscreet about our people-watching. We don't take up the whole floor so don't shout in the hallways at all hours (or perhaps even whisper, since the walls seem to be thinner than paper). Stop looking at and commenting on the skyline if you don't want to look like a tourist. And for goodness sake, don't hold the elevator for ages or keep trying to talk to the people on it! Speaking of which, notable difference between NYU Dhabi and NYU on the square: the presence of Sabbath elevators instead of non-visitation floors. As it was explained to me, pushing buttons counts as work and is therefore forbidden to more conservative practicing Jews on the Sabbath. So, on the Sabbath the elevator just stops and opens it's doors on every floor. Slow but very cool, although I couldn't help thinking hiring a non-Jewish button-pusher would have been an equally interesting solution.