I am an unabashed New York proponent. I love New York and always will. I always find it interesting and laughable when others who have never been try to put the city down. Especially Californians, so many that I have met, that have never really been to another state and yet the try to claim their California city is the best in the world. I welcome them to venture out a bit. But that is another rant for another day. I’m here to extol the virtues of my beloved NYC.
I grew up in N.Y. but have lived in 17 cities. I’ve experienced southern, western, northern, foreign life and more. I hadn’t been back to NY in close to two years. And this weekend recharged my soul and also left me with a bit of longing. Have you ever seen the television show Cheers that took place in Boston? At the end (spoiler alert) he chose the city over everything else-including Diane. Like Sam, I know I will eventually return to my beloved city.
This weekend served as a battery pack recharging me in a way that not even the California sun can. I got to eat our famous black and white cookie, walk for miles on end without tiring and grab coffee at 5am (with a ton of options).
I also got to freely jaywalk -even in front of cops. I didn’t have to stand on the sidewalk, while no cars were present, like a fool. I even crossed mid-street diagonally. Oh my! I laugh as that is second nature to us and in California people seem to not know how to walk. I felt liberated. And when I felt a little cold, there were hundreds of street vendors to choose from. I got the cutest pink pom-pom hat for give dollars.
The city is still changing drastically. There is now an oculus at ground zero. I won’t try to explain it other than saying NYC is becoming more like Blade Runner each day.