8 Things Sarasota Does Better Than New York City
Sure you might be swimming with spawning fish, dolphins and stingrays - but it’s beautiful. The sand is as soft as sugar and there is always enough space to feel like you have a slice of vacation. Plus, I have never worried about growing another limb from chemical dumping or accidentally seeing an extra from The Sopranos taking care of their business under a bridge.
2. Amish Food
Truth be told, NY is seriously one of the foodie capitals of the world. So far, Sarasota is not reaching the bar NY has set for us. YET the one category that SRQ has won straight up is Amish cuisine. Between Yoders, Der Dutchman and Big Olaf’s - Amish folk are doing their darn thing.
First off, the parking spaces in Sarasota are large enough to fit a car and their boat Everyone still respects those little white lines of “this is my space, this is yours”. We have a little car, and a New York mentality. We know you can fit more cars in there, but we also know some of the beauty of Sarasota is - you don’t have to! There are enough spaces for everyone! Also, if you are willing to WALK a block or so, your options seem endless!
4. Grocery Store Employees
Oh, Publix. Why are your employees so happy? Not fake happy, really happy. Your people are cheerful, helpful, even eager to help push your cart to your car - when let’s face it, if someone ever filled up their cart to a point that they struggled to even get it to the checkout lane - surely they should be making different choices. PLUS the Publix that I go to has an escalator FOR YOUR CART! This place is like a trip to a grocery spa, the aisle are clean AND huge. Well stocked with out being cluttered. There are constant buy one get one free deals (of stuff people use - not things like SPAM or Spray Cheese) and the employees are just so stoked to be alive. It still weirds me out.
The top 20 tallest buildings in Sarasota range from 10 floors to 25 floors. My first job in NYC took me up to the 48th floor and that was in midtown, so nobody even found that impressive. What this basically boils down to is - Sarasota has a whole lotta sky! Yes, the beautiful sunsets are truly spectacular, but the fact that we can see so many stars on any clear night is awesome.
In NYC you get a lot of rats, roaches and pigeons. In Sarasota you get lizards (who eat the palmetto bug aka. Florida roach) some fruit rats (which, even though we have some fruit tree I have yet to see one) AND the Black Racer snake eats them anyway. Why do I say Sarasota does vermin better? They have a checks and balance system. Lizards eat roaches. Snakes eat rats. There are a ton of crazy looking birds around here, so I know one of the has to snack on the snake. Everyone has a job. In NYC I have seen roaches big enough to take down a pigeon or a rat.
7. The Cinema
I had the unfortunate chance to be NYC for The Dark Knight opening weekend. That weekend I vowed to never go to a movie during it’s opening weekend again. There were THOUSANDS of people waiting outside the Union Square cinema in roped off lines for the multiple showing times on multiple screens. People were in costumes. People were drunk. When they were let into the cinema, people ran and pushed each other to get good seats. People were just SO New York about it all. In Sarasota, when you want to go to the movies - you get to see the movie. We have never had to elbow anyone to get a good seat. They have $6 tickets on Tuesdays and there is a brilliant independent cinema in Burns Court. Want more? About 45 mins outside of town you can go to an authentic drive in!
I know, I know. Even I was surprised by this one. But here’s the truth - there are a ton a great, creative, delicious cocktails happening here in Sarasota. Made with the same alcohol as NYC and for at least half the cost. Plus, there is not shame in fruity tropical drinks here and old timey cocktails are served with pride, not irony.
Where and what are your Sarasota MUST dos?