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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

New York seems to be one of those cities that makes peoples eyes light up when you talk about it. Those who've actually been there seem to have fallen in love with the city, while most other people harbour a desire to get there eventually.

What is it about New York that gets under people's skin?

Why is the Big Apple special to you?

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

For me it was initially the history of the city (one of the reasons why I started studying North American Studies) and when I was younger I was always totally fascinated of the skycrapers when I saw them on T.V.
But after having been there, I can definitely say N.Y.C is special to me in many other different ways. I loved spending sundays in Central Park with all the New Yorkers enjoying their day off, doing sports or just hanging out with their families. Coney Island at the outskirts of the city is very cool, and walking along the pier there I felt like being back in the 1930ies. Also the area I was living at a friend's, the East Village, was brilliant, after three days I got to know the neighbours and went for a drink with the locals. Of course it had also always been a dream to see the New York City sights and I wasn't disappointed (especially liked the Empire State at night). It's hard to describe what the magic of this city is, have fun checking it out, Ev !

Steff

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I've never been to New York but I definiutely want to visit!

The things I would love to see/do are Central Park, eating at Tavern on the Green, Bloomingdales (and I HATE shopping), Broadway (see a play), Statten Island Ferry, Soho, East Village, Manhattan, Wall Street, Statute of Liberty (not from a plane window), and the list just keeps going...

I think the draw for me is growing up with New York always portrayed as a glamerous place. I realize it is just a larger version of Chicago, but I'd like to see that for myself. Both my parents visited New York often when they were young (and single). They told great stories about their visits and I want stories of my own.

4. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

I think its differences and diversity. Not just people but in opportunities,neighbourhood, activities, culture, music, food you name it..

5. Posted by Myms (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I went once at New York and found that it so big! The buildings are amazing. You can walk near some, turn the corner and see a park or a baseball game!! Their is so many people... Betwin all the big city I saw, it is really my favorite(and I already saw Paris, Athens, Singapour so it's not noting!!).

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting vagabond

I think its differences and diversity. Not just people but in opportunities,neighbourhood, activities, culture, music, food you name it..

My feelings exactly....there really is no place else like it! I swear there is..........and electricity in the air...an undescrible something! :)

7. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

The pace of life, without a doubt. So much is going on and you can truly live at night. Work, play, janhg out and never have to see the light of day. I mean I haven't been outside of the country, so far, but I can only imagine that there are a couple of places in the world that are as diverse and happening as NY.

I love being in the middle of Rockefeller Center during Christmas and watching the world go by. Thousands of people coming and going. And, especially after 9/11, there is much more of a communal sense there. New Yorkers, except for road rage, I think really support each other and are pretty open. Some of the deepset and most meaningful relationships I have are with people from the NY/NJ area.

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Yeah, I'm definitely gonna go and check out the Christmas tree at Rockerfeller Centre...that's if its still up on 03 Jan...

Always wanted to see it since watching Home Alone

What's the East Village like? I'nm thinking of staying there?

Thanks,

Ev

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

New York, --

If you want to understand a bit about the people who live in and like New York (and learn this in a humorous way), go rent the movie "Manhattan" by Woody Allen. This movie not only covers New York, it also touches other more general human conditions. As Woody Allen says early on in the film--"people in Manhattan are constantly creating these real, unnecessary, neurotic problems for themselves, because it keeps them from dealing with more unsolvable, terrifying problems about the universe".

There are a lot of themes in the movie, some of which are:
1. intellectualism is overrated
2. romance is illogical and unscientific
3. words don't always match our actions
4. moral structure is a man-made invention
5. fidelity is an optimistic ideal
6. skeletons in the closet are better left unsaid
7. uncorrupted optimism is mostly found in young people
8. cynicism increases as you grow old
9. advancing years = more unnecessary baggage
10. The more you know, the more it can hurt you
--and despite all this pain and suffering in life, it's all over way too quickly.

But the reason this relates to New York is because Manhattan (the center of New York) reflects the entire world--but at a breakneck speed. I don't know how many foreigners understand the concept of a "New York Minute" (made famous by the Eagles song by the same title) which basically says that everything in New York happens at about ten times the speed of anyplace else on the planet. They use the phase to say that anything in your life can change in a matter of seconds (a New York minute). (P.S. This song was written in 1989--long before the 9/11 plane crashes).

The reason New Yorkers are so impatient is entirely a result of their psychosis from having to deal with this torrid pace--in their work, in their personal lives--and in their relationships with others. So they swear at everything and everyone, cut to the chase quickly when they talk about things--and don't let any of this "rudeness" affect them at all. People in Hollywood (LA) think people who live in New York are crazy and hyper. People who live in New York think people who live in LA are plastic and artificial and don't tell it like it is. (Both groups are correct, by the way).

Having said this--I love New York and New Yorkers (even though I grew up in LA). It's a town that truly "never sleeps"--where action is constant and where, (along with the Silicon Valley near San Jose, CA), the neurotic pace drives the American need to innovate and create something new.---And it's a fun town to visit.

Enjoy.

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Calcruzer

New York, --

If you want to understand a bit about the people who live in and like New York (and learn this in a humorous way), go rent the movie "Manhattan" by Woody Allen. This movie not only covers New York, it also touches other more general human conditions. As Woody Allen says early on in the film--"people in Manhattan are constantly creating these real, unnecessary, neurotic problems for themselves, because it keeps them from dealing with more unsolvable, terrifying problems about the universe".

There are a lot of themes in the movie, some of which are:
1. intellectualism is overrated
2. romance is illogical and unscientific
3. words don't always match our actions
4. moral structure is a man-made invention
5. fidelity is an optimistic ideal
6. skeletons in the closet are better left unsaid
7. uncorrupted optimism is mostly found in young people
8. cynicism increases as you grow old
9. advancing years = more unnecessary baggage
10. The more you know, the more it can hurt you
--and despite all this pain and suffering in life, it's all over way too quickly.

But the reason this relates to New York is because Manhattan (the center of New York) reflects the entire world--but at a breakneck speed. I don't know how many foreigners understand the concept of a "New York Minute" (made famous by the Eagles song by the same title) which basically says that everything in New York happens at about ten times the speed of anyplace else on the planet. They use the phase to say that anything in your life can change in a matter of seconds (a New York minute). (P.S. This song was written in 1989--long before the 9/11 plane crashes).

The reason New Yorkers are so impatient is entirely a result of their psychosis from having to deal with this torrid pace--in their work, in their personal lives--and in their relationships with others. So they swear at everything and everyone, cut to the chase quickly when they talk about things--and don't let any of this "rudeness" affect them at all. People in Hollywood (LA) think people who live in New York are crazy and hyper. People who live in New York think people who live in LA are plastic and artificial and don't tell it like it is. (Both groups are correct, by the way).

Having said this--I love New York and New Yorkers (even though I grew up in LA). It's a town that truly "never sleeps"--where action is constant and where, (along with the Silicon Valley near San Jose, CA), the neurotic pace drives the American need to innovate and create something new.---And it's a fun town to visit.

Enjoy.

Wow Gary...I have been asked this question 1,000,000 times by people that hear me say I LOVE NEW YORK! And I truly do...I always come up with more than a handful of reasons, which for the most part, no one seems to understand. But your post actually touches the very gist of what NY is all about and I couldnt have said it better myself.

To add to your very thoughful response, one thing I love about living in NY is the fact that the city NEVER SLEEPS, literally. There is always something going on. I love the cultural diversity, I love the fact that no one judges you no matter who you are or what you look like, I love the 3,000 choices I can make about what I want to eat in a given day, I love the fact that I didnt have to drive anywhere, I love the fact that the subway is the fastest way to get around, I love feeling in good physical shape without having to go to a gym (you walk everywhere!), I love the fact that almost in a weekly basis I would learn something very interesting about a far off place typically from a cab driver, I love the energy the city erradiates, I love Central Park in the summer, I love Sunday's book fairs, I love rollerblading in the city in and out of traffic, I love sitting in Battery Park overlooking the NY Bay and the Statue of Liberty, I love the New York Yankees and every NY sports fan (NY has the greatest sports fans in the planet), I love the fast pace, the quick responses and the "get to the point" attitude, I love the hot dogs from the Gray Papaya on Broadway and 72nd Street at 3 am, I love the view of the city from the Queensborough Bridge, I love the street performers, I love having fallen in love in this city, I love the fact that NY gave me a bunch of life lessons I would never forget but most of all, I love NY because it gave me a home away from home. I fall in love with NY more and more every day...the more I visit NY, the more I want to go back.

With that being said, you either love it or you hate it. Most people dont share the same feelings about NY or appreciate it the way I do (starting with my husband). Living in South Florida now is a big compromise in my marriage and I have lived with it for 13 years. I opted for visiting NY as much as I can so I go every two months or so, thats the longest I think I can go without being there and getting "energyzed" by the city. I am going this weekend by the way, again...last week got cancelled because of the damn hurricane .

Anyway, I cant believe I missed this thread Eve. If I know you enough by now, I would say that you are going to LOVE New York.

PS. Can you believe I have never seen "Manhattan"? I will now!