Maya Angelou, once said “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Like the greatest of lovers, New York City is best expressed through the lens of emotions. There are no words to accurately express what it means to live among its rich history, its vastly diverse collection of people, its great architecture, the colors of its sunsets glistening against its skyline, or the romance tumbling through the streets on a crisp, moonlit night. The closest we can come is to share the words of great writers and native New Yorkers whose eloquence imbues their prose with the essence of what it’s like to revel in the magic only to be found in New York City.
“The wanderer in Manhattan must go forth with a certain innocence, because New York is best seen with innocent eyes. It doesn't matter if you are younger or old. Reading our rich history makes the experience more layered, but it is not a substitute for walking the streets themselves.
For old-timer or newcomer, it is essential to absorb the city as it is now in order to shape your own nostalgias. That's why I always urge the newcomer to surrender to the city's magic. Forget the irritations and the occasional rudeness; they bother New Yorkers too. Instead, go down to the North River and the benches that run along the west side of Battery Park City. Watch the tides or the blocks of ice in winter; they have existed since the time when the island was empty of man. Gaze at the boats. Look across the water at the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island, the place to which so many of the New York tribe came in order to truly live. Learn the tale of our tribe, because it's your tribe too, no matter where you were born. Listen to its music and its legends. Gaze at its ruins and monuments. Walk its sidewalks and run fingers upon the stone and bricks and steel of our right-angled streets. Breathe the air of the river breeze.” ― Pete Hamill, Downtown: My Manhattan
Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enoughJohn Steinbeck, America and Americans
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