By Paul Wein
New York City has long been revered for being “The Capital Of The World” for so many reasons. Only in New York City can eight million people live and work on an island that is only three and a half miles across – but contains everything from the world’s financial headquarters to the headquarters of the most famous Christmas tree in the world and the home of the ultimate New Year’s Eve party to the home of the Knicks and Rangers to the Great White Way. Only in this incredible city can you travel from one end of the island to the other for $1.50 on a transit system that winds underneath the city like silver worms. Only here in the Big Apple can you be in world famous Chinatown, walk one block and be in world famous Little Italy – and walk one more block and be in world famous SoHo. Only here in NYC can a night out consist of either the Rocketts, or the Phantom of the Opera, or the New York Philharmonic – or even The Late Show with David Letterman. And only here in my hometown do I want to live.
I am not saying that its terrible to live anywhere else, what I am saying is that of all the other cities in the country and around the world, from Pittsburgh to Paris to London to Los Angeles – they can not compare to Manhattan. This city has the most diverse population of any other place in the world. From over 100 countries and I’m sure from the other forty nine states – the world has come here and as a result, so has it’s customs and traditions. There is no other city in the world where for lunch, I could get everything from a Quesadillia to a Roti to an egg roll to a hot dog. What other city contains so many different cultures that the constantly busy and bustling streets come to a halt for a St. Patrick’s Day parade, a Puerto Rican day parade, The Feast of San Genaro and the Chinese New Year? And where else in the world can you find signs in dozens of different languages? Nowhere – because this city does indeed have it all.
I have to admit that when I come into the city to go to work – I sometimes forget how amazing the City is during the day. The streets are crowded with thousands of people heading to work, or to lunch – or into a cab before someone else does. And on a clear day, you can see almost the entire city from where I work. From the smallest buildings to the tallest and most famous skyscrapers – it’s like a living postcard. And at night, the city comes alive with clubs, bars, plays, concerts – and even a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in New York’s Greenwich Village that has an audience full of people dressed as the characters on the screen. There is so much to do in New York City on any given night that NYC should stand for Nights You Crave.
I realize that most people who live and work in Manhattan don’t share the same affection for this city as I do. But they’re not alone. There are plenty of things I dislike about New York. From the traffic to the noise to the potholes to those little silver worms I mentioned before – some things about this city drive me up a wall – but I pay no attention to the things that upset me about New York, because every major city has traffic and noise and potholes and bad subway service. To me, it’s what this city has that every other city doesn’t have that makes it so unique.
It’s for these reasons and so many more that I am happy that I live and work in New York City. I have been to many wonderful places in my life. I have seen Big Ben, Disneyworld, Arizona’s desert and countless other places that have left me with some very fond memories of the time I spent there – but nothing gives me the thrill I get when I see those two Twin Towers staring back at me as I approach the true Gotham City of the world – New York City.
No wonder they put the Statue of Liberty here.
“What other town has the Empire State
and a Mayor five foot two?
No other town in the whole forty eight
can half compare to you.”
Annie – NYC