I'm working from Google's New York office for the next week. Change of scenery. So far it's been good: the plane trip over was super-productive.
In NYC for 48 hours, and I've already noticed a few "little differences":
1. New York is a 24-hour city. I cabbed from JFK airport at 3:00am, resigned to going to bed hungry. Lo and behold, pizza parlors were still open on every other street.
The same time on the following night, I walked past a hat store which was open. A HAT store. Just in case you're overcome with a late-night urge to accessorize your head, this shop is ready to serve.
This is what New York looks like at 3:30am. Note the traffic and crowds standing in the street:
Compare to what Mountain View looks like at 3:30am:
Heck, compare to what Mountain View looks like at 3:30 IN THE AFTERNOON on most days:
2. New York City has never heard of toilet seat covers. For those readers who hail from the Big Apple and hence do not know what I'm talking about, they're paper coverings you wrap on the toilet seat to avoid getting germs:
The only place I've seen toilet seat covers is the marble-hugged restroom in the Westin lobby:
The rest of New York? Apparently pro-germs.