My New York
Dear god, I LOVE New York. I really do. Although I've lived here for 12 years and our relationship has changed, matured, and even become mundane at times (sorry, New York, you know it's true), the love has endured and I suspect this city will always feel like my true Home - yes, Home with a capital "H", because capital letters make things feel oh, so much more important!
In crafting my 40 by 40 List, I struggled to come up with New York-based things that I hadn't done yet. After a dozen years, I've explored this city from one side to the other and it has managed to surprise me again and again. I once found myself suddenly sitting on the front row of a Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden (it doesn't get much more New York-y than that!); my first NYC celebrity sighting was Mike Tyson buying a hotdog from a sidewalk vendor; I have discovered Tiffany jewelry on the street, still in its little blue box.
I've danced on rooftops, discovered speakeasies, crashed parties, sang karaoke, applauded Broadway, explored museums, attended exhibits, kissed strangers, and been kicked out of cabs for being too rowdy. Needless to say, the past 12 years have had some kickass moments.
But when you live somewhere, anywhere, it can become too familiar. Routines are formed that whittle an experience down to the basics and drain the day-to-days of magic. But I'm certain that New York still holds magic for me so I decided to incorporate some New York experiences into my list. Many of those items are things that tourists do that I, as a resident, have avoided...probably with my nose in the air because, well, I live here. But tourists see my city from a different perspective, usually one of amazement mixed with a sense of surrealism, so I'm going to adopt that perspective, too. I'm going to become a tourist in my own city - which just happens to be one of the greatest cities on earth.
No wonder it's so easy to "heart" New York. Hm. Maybe I need that T-shirt to make this tourist thing official...?