Friday, April 02, 2010

My Heart Melts For That Glorious Melting Pot

I truly love New York. With all my heart. A heart much bigger than the one in this I Heart NY logo. We've been in New York for a few days now and I'm loving it but that feeling starts the minute I cross the state line, no matter what part of the state I'm in.

I was born and raised in New York and have been to many parts of it; from Niagara Falls to the Eastern tip of Long Island and from the Canadian border to the New Jersey state line. I love it in all seasons and at any time of day. I love the people, the food, the diversity, the everything.

I got an email the other day about New Yorkers that included a line that said, "I don't get mad when people speak other languages in my presence because my relatives got to this country via Ellis Island and chose to stay. They were New Yorkers."

I love hearing the voices of the people who represent the world. I welcome that diversity. And I'm glad it's spreading across the country; I hear those voices in every nook and cranny now. And New York isn't the only place you'll find a bodega these days and it's not the only place you can find good Chinese food (although I do believe it's the only place you can get a good pizza).

As much traveling as I've done in
New York, I have yet to see all of it. Some of the places on the top of my list are Lake Champlain, a deeper exploration of the Adirondaks and one of these days, Boldt Castle.

But even if I never make it to any of those places, I know that I will take my last breath loving New York, because as Robert Moses said...

"Every true New Yorker believes with all his heart that when a New Yorker is tired of New York, he is tired of life."

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E Pluribus Unum
The Dance In Their Heads, Hands And Feet
The Love Buffet
Whadya Think This Is, The Waldorf??


Anonymous said...

Amen sista! You will love Boldt Castel when you get there. Amazing how diverse NY is.

Safe travels.


Carolyn Snyder Murphy said...

Although I have had to chance to leave many times,,, and god knows it would be less expensive and I could have so much more, I could NEVER leave NY... City, mountains, beautiful seasons that are really incomparable. Working in NYC, no matter what you feel like for the day, you can have! Food, shopping, art, culture, fancy or shitty, what ever the urge, it's there!
Cannot find that anywhere else in the US!
Bravo on the great blog, from your old childhood neighbor in NY!