I left San Francisco to visit a quaint historic village called ‘New York City’

I live in the Bay Area, so I’m constantly surrounded by the technological future — driverless cars, Bitcoin transactions, on-demand everything.

But once in a while, I like to remind myself that not everyone lives in techno-utopia. So last week, I took a trip to my old hometown — New York City, a place that was known as America’s cultural and economic capital before Silicon Valley took over. Here are some of the crazier historical artifacts I encountered.

1. Upon arriving in New York, I was greeted by a "taxi," a kind of proto-Uber that you have to hail by physically raising your hand. How charming!

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2. Here's another vintage form of New York City transportation — a "bus." (Think of it like a giant Lyft Line with pre-determined routes.)

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3. New Yorkers are still using primitive tools to get around — like this skateboard, an early form of Boosted Board that has to be propelled by foot.

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4. In New York, you can still see old-time relics like taxpayer-funded infrastructure.

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5. Here's a map some people apparently use to navigate the city. It has no GPS, no dynamic driving directions, and no location-aware ads. So retro!

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6. Many New Yorkers still use an antique peer-to-peer messaging protocol known as the "postal service."

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7. I'm told that some New Yorkers still get their money from "banks." Shh, nobody tell them about the blockchain!

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8. Instead of getting pornography streamed directly to their Oculus headsets, some New Yorkers still rent “videos,” an ancient linear, non-interactive form of adult entertainment.

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9. Some New Yorkers are still into "books" — if you can't remember back that far, think of them as text-only, non-disappearing Snapchat stories.

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10. In the Bay Area, Soylent has replaced all meals. But New Yorkers are still dependent on agricultural products.

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11. Two New Yorkers meet in meatspace for a retro ritual known as "human interaction."

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12. As crazy as it sounds, VR-unassisted meatspace gatherings like this "live jazz" night are still common in New York.

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13. Some New Yorkers even have "jobs," a form of employment that was popular in the 20th century. Here are three delivery workers who are employed not by Postmates or Doordash, but by a single restaurant.

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14. For the San Franciscans out there, "vacant" is an old-timey synonym for "not occupied by a venture-backed startup."

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15. After a great week in charming olde tyme New York, I returned home to San Francisco. It's good to be back!

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