Naming New York

New York City.  Those three words together are almost certain to evoke a reaction whenever they’re used.  Clearly more than just a mark on a map, New York has a persona of its own, and in the realm of cities, New York is an A-list celebrity that everyone recognizes and wants a part of.  The fame of this city makes it seem completely familiar, but with an edge and enough mystery to keep us intrigued.

I’m here with 3 other girlfriends, and I am soooo happy to have their company on this trip!  Always happy to see them, but especially now after travelling alone for the past 6+ weeks!!  Having their excitement and seeing their view of NY along with the way they’ve relayed that to their own friends back home has been fascinating for me.  It’s fun to have another perspective – a reminder of what it’s like to experience the hum of the Big Apple for the first time. 

For me, it’s the rush I feel just as I step outside the theatre after watching a great Broadway show that keeps me coming back.  Having so many sounds and sensations saturating my nervous system is the best intoxication for me, and I’m floating on that energy for the rest of the night.   The skill of the performers; the set, costumes and lights and music; then to walk outside into the crowds – sirens and horns and bike bells and street hawkers and advertisements all blaring; the sizzle of hot dogs and kebabs lingering over it all.  This is New York.  Not the mountains of garbage on the curbs or the smells on the subway platforms, those seem to fade away to the background of what I notice or remember.   And that, in my opinion, is what really makes any A-lister, whether city or celebrity: that certain magic equation where the good is so great that it subtracts away the negative.

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