Ah, the first red-bellied fad bird of summer
: I made my first Segway sighting in New York: At 41st and 6th, right by Bryant Park, here came a guy
zooming put-putting gliding along the sidewalk. You have to love New York for its essential cool: Not one person, not one stopped, gasped, spoke, or even turned at the sight of the guy: We’ve seen it all before. It’s a good thing the sidewalk was not crowded as he oozed along; it takes up as much space and time as a gawking Kansas tourist. New Yorkers will get hostile if these things start breeding. Or then again, it could be the thing to have for a week or two. If we stories about a flashmob on Segways, I’m moving to Kansas.
The fad divide
: While New Yorkers are riding Segways that cost $5,000, across the river in Jersey City, the hot fad in transportation at the moment is the motorized scotter, for under $300.