There are a million reasons to fall in love with New York City. I think many people who move here from somewhere else find reasons to love it. Myself, Taylor Felice, being just north of here in Connecticut, have just always been fortunate to be in love with everything this city brings to daily live and everything you get to offer the city in return. It all works together and we’re all part of the wheel that makes the city work.
I love the people. There is no one like a New Yorker. What we all know about living in this city is that everyone is different and just appreciate that quality in each other. The people in New York are not afraid of anything. They seem to be fearless and bring that quality into the streets with them. If you are in trouble, someone will help you. If something terrible happens, the people in New York seem to run toward the situation in order to help those left behind. It’s just the nature of the beast.
This is the best place to people watch. You never know who you are going to see here. And you never really know what is going to happen. There may be a pop-up concert in Bryant Park with all the wonderful theater people singing and dancing for the lunchtime crowd, or a giant food and wine exhibit in the streets where you can try out the best food the city has to offer. It just happens, and though I am sure it is all well scheduled, it seems like magic.
I love everything there is to do. On any day you can just get on the subway and take yourself into a new neighborhood to find great new adventures. One day you can immerse yourself in the Italian culture of Ralph Avenue stores in the Bronx. The next day you can take yourself into Greenwich Village and run into an outdoor arts fair, some wonderful restaurants and a walk through some of the oldest streets in America. Another day you are part of everything theatrical as you see a Broadway play. It’s amazing.
I love the subways. 20 minutes after you have an idea of where you would like to be, you can be there. New York has wonderful places to visit and everyone has their favorite bakery, restaurant, park, zoo or museum. They’ll be very happy to tell you all about it too.
All the things that out-of-towners don’t like here — subways, traffic, crowds, lines — they’re just part of the tapestry that makes New York City what it is. And for me, it’s home.