'As for New York City, it is a place apart. There is not its match in any other country in the world.' Pearl S Buck
One hundred years ago the torch-wielding icon, clad in copper greens, welcomed the ‘tired, poor, and huddled masses’ – she was quite the sight for sore eyes after a long journey from the other end of the globe. Today, Lady Liberty stands guard over a modern set of human pursuits. New York has become so much more than the gateway to opportunity – it’s a city of triumph, a capital of exploration and experimentation; it’s a place where one is truly free to be themselves. So come as you are, shed your apprehensions, let it all hang out and join the fray.
A New York Minute
Although the city may present itself as rather straightforward – especially when one navigates the relentless stripes of perpendicular gridiron – New York is infinitely complex; it’s intricate parts twisting in tandem like the cogs of a clock. This feels particularly fitting in a place that has its own standards for telling time. Sand passes through the hourglass much faster here – change is constantly afoot, as locals hunt down the latest and greatest with alacrity only to shift gears the following week in search of the next big hit. So it really doesn’t matter when you visit – today, tomorrow, or in a year’s time – New York will always be ahead of the curve.
Take A Bite of the Big Apple
The Big Apple is, more than anything else, a wildly diverse urban ecosystem, and there’s no better way to access the city’s cornucopia of cultures than through the dinner plate. NYC’s eating scene is a parade of superlatives culminating in a constellation of Michelin stars. From the Caribbean kitchens in Harlem to modern iterations of new American comfort cuisine downtown, New York offers endless opportunities to stamp your palate’s passport.
It's Up to You...
…New York New York. Fred Ebb’s lyrics (as made famous by Frank Sinatra) really do embody the essence of the city. New York is a choose-your-own-adventure kinda place where a left turn reveals glitzy lights and after-hours cabarets, while a stroll to the right unveils brownstones carved from thick brick and sweet cafes set along cobbled lanes. It’s a city of happy accidents where the further you fall down the rabbit hole the greater the gains become. Set your sights as high as the skyscrapers and extend that to-do list as long as Broadway – New York is yours for the taking, and it will gladly welcome you in if you’re daring enough to explore.
Why I Love New York
By Brandon Presser, Author
I used to have a theory about New York City: you could easily tell the difference between a tourist and local because tourists always look up. And I can safely say – after a decade of experiences both as a tourist and a local – that my half-baked hypothesis was indeed terribly wrong. For you see, ‘the City’ simply never ceases to amaze, and after all this time I still find myself staring skyward with awe.
My favorite spot? Standing on the south side of 14th St looking uptown along Irving Pl – the Chrysler Building, with its gilded crown, waves hello from a distance every time I pass by.
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