Went into Manhattan this morning to renew my passport. The Consulate General is at 2nd Avenue and 43rd St. I was a bit disappointed that the parking garage on 42nd St. that I used in previous passport-renewal trips had been converted into a hotel. Circled the block again and used a more-expensive garage on 45th St.
Like all bureaucracies back in the old country, the consulate is slow. It ended up taking nearly 2 hours just to submit the application. Waited 3 times: once to pick up the forms, once to have my thumbprints taken on their thumbprint-taking machine, and once to pay the $80 fee and pick up the receipt. That last wait was the longest because by that time, the clerk also had to deal with a bunch of people who had forgotten to bring photos and other documents. The passport will be ready in a few days, which means another trip into NYC, although I'll probably give it a few weeks before returning.
On my way out, I got some street meat on pita bread from a 2nd Avenue street vendor. It was good and cheap. (Hope it doesn't make me sick. :) ) I see what office workers in the area have for lunch. On the same block, you can find box lunches and fruit at pretty reasonable prices.