New York - The best place on earth

Trip Start Jul 13, 1988
Trip End Jul 03, 2010

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

For people who hasn't been to NY it's hard to explain the love story me and millions of others have with this city. It becomes much more than a place, almost like a person in a way. I like to refer back to a "Sex and the city episode" where Carrie one day says she has a date with New York and she simply wanders about the city and indulge in the many things there are to do here. In the evening for the start of Memorial Day weekend she runs into some sailors at a bar who wonders how she possibly can live in such a noisy and dirty city and she gets upsets at them and in the end says: "Because I can't have anyone talk shit about my boyfriend". When I saw this episode I realized I wasn't alone about my feelings for New York. One might think it's just another big exciting city, but it's so much more than that. New York might be the most famous and well known city in the world and there is a reason for that.  I know now having lived here for over 10 years.  
It wasn't love at first sight for me like it is for some othesr. It has been a growing relationship. At first I found the city big and confusing and wasn't sure I would ever be able to find my way around here, but once I had figured out how to navigate it, I was in love! I love to you just wander around the city aimlessly and watch people, stop at cafes, shops and just see where the city takes me. I love a picnic with wine in Central Park which almost always lead to one of us running to the Wine store called Wine's on 67th but it's actually on 68th street and Broadway. I love the variety and quality of food here. There are almost 20,000 restaurants in NYC so the competition is high, which makes the food so much better. I love that I can have American for breakfast, Pakistani for lunch and Swedish for dinner. Almost any obscure country has a representation here. I love going to rooftop bars on a warm summer evening with my friends and just marvel at the spectacular views. I love shopping in Soho and breaking for a glass of wine at a cozy street cafe. I love walking my dogs on Hudson River when the sun sets over the city. I love to hit the clubs in trendy meat packing, having picnic in one of the parks showing summer movies or going to brunch on a Sunday afternoon drinking bellinis and eating eggs benedict with my friends. Some restaurants turn into nightclubs for brunch which could be a lot of fun. I love to interact with 10 different ethnicities every day or all the strange things I sometimes see simply taking my dog for a walk in the morning or afternoon. I love that in a day I can go to China town to buy my green tea, to Korea town and have Korean BBQ, to the east village and have a Turkish or Russian bath then end the night at Son Cubanos in the Meatpacking to drink sangria and dance salsa. You can never get bored here, it really is the city that never sleeps and the culture and activities the city offers are endless. And should the city becomes too much, it's easy to jump on the train and go out to the beach Long Island or the horse country in northern Westchester, where a quite and whole different world lays and hour from the noisy city.
The stories and memories I have created here are priceless and my love for NY continues to grow. When I leave here i can't wait to go back, the city always pulls at you like some old boyfriend you can't seem to forget. 
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