New York minute
New York minuteを辞書で引くと、
a very short amount of time; instant, flash
Midweek, San Francisco on the edge of spring. A beautiful day, if you have time to notice.
The 11 o’clock meeting started late and it went on longer than expected, and now you are late meeting a pal for lunch in the Financial District. No cabs, no Uber either, so you duck into the Muni Metro subway, just catch an inbound car, hustle up the steps at the Montgomery Station, take the wrong exit, hustle up Sansome Street, up to Montgomery, making all the green lights, moving as fast as you can go.
Then you notice: Everyone else is walking as fast as you are, fast as a New York minute. Everybody looks like they are late for something. How can that be? Everybody is laid back here on the Left Coast. That’s what they say in New York anyway.
(Carl Nolte. A splendid city — but who even has a minute to notice? San Francisco Chronicle. February 15, 2015.)