“I love New York”
…because like Steve Karmen wrote, “there’s no place like it.” It is where residents and strangers alike receive guidance, discipline and confidence sprinkled in with a dose of reality. All that is a recipe for a mix that helps you–be you. This is something that Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Jay-Z and countless other artists knew all too well.
New York is a unique entity on its own and I am addicted. I depend on the variety (people and food), am obsessed with the accessibility (I can get and do anything at any time) and passionate about the culture (art, theater, and events).
I am what one would call a true New Yorker. I was born and raised in the South Bronx. I went to high school in Manhattan and college in Long Island. My formative years were spent here so, I guess I owe all my idiosyncrasies to this place.
I lived in California for a while and was on the road a lot. I truly loved the time that I spent away, but I always managed to end up back here, because, no other place felt like home.
The things I hate about New York are the things I love about this crazy town. Yes, the streets can be crowded in the city, it’s cold almost half the year, and between car horns, barking dogs, construction and noisy neighbors, it’s loud: but where else can you truly feel free to be yourself, survive without owning a car, find a pizza at three in the morning and a view of a skyline as fierce as ours – nowhere.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I am on a packed train and I think that I might knock someone, who is obnoxiously invading my space, upside their head. It almost makes me want to pack up everything and move far, far away to some private island, but I wouldn’t trade my residency in this concrete jungle for anything in the world.
New York is most definitely my all-time favorite place. Heck, we invented hip-hop…enough said! #micdrop