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The Light Side of Kings Cross

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by Luisa Low (subscribe)
A copywriter & sub editor, floating around somewhere between Sydney's North & Eastern Suburbs. www.luisalow.com
Published January 31st 2014
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Out of the bleary nebula come the blades, lashes of scalding screams, the encroachment of young men, standing, on the verge of the apoplectic, examining their own passing by, who examine them back. Out of the amorphous pantomime jut the teetering heels, scratching at the foot path, the jeers whirl by but none resonate. In one breath, one glance and a hundred looks upon you, you've passed through to the other end of the strip.

The setting of the sun invigorates some. At sundown the mouth of William St & Darlinghurst Rd becomes a powerful vomitorium of Rexies & taxis. The seemingly endless supply of under 30s arrive in a deluge. The cackle of Momos & Dionysus's debauched symposium give strength and spirit to these revellers more than any canned substance promised to give wings.

This is the widely known Kings Cross & Potts Point where the nightfall is known for its invigoration. For some however, the setting of the sun can quell the spirit, but few have become acquainted with the personality of the area during the day. Few night patrons ever remain for the daybreak. As the violent vignettes calm their strobe, the revellers, sensing the rise, scuttle off to hibernate.

Aside from the permanent fixtures and confused stragglers from the previous night, the coming of daybreak sees a Kings Cross which has been placated and rationalised. Young professionals, Formula One drivers and tennis outfits which have never felt a droplet of sweat, all line the footpaths, taking their places at the various cafes and weekend eateries. Chairs and stools face the street for optimum viewing; the young and beautiful ignore each other as they pass by on the street - quickly checking their Instagram newsfeeds to see 'who-is-where' and 'who's-with-who', despite having no intention of ever acknowledging these people should they view them in public.

Whilst many have been turned off and embittered by Kings Cross & Potts Point - no thanks to the various violent spats in recent history - during the day the community could not be more different. We must remember that the horizon which brings the night will also see to the coming of day, and with it, an assortment of boutiques, eateries, providores and peace.

Arthur McElhone Reserve

Bird & Bear Boathouse

Chez Dee

Cobbler Cabellero

Fratelli Fresh

Fratelli Paradiso

Grandiflora, Elizabeth Bay

The Deli
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