The promise of the city
“…in New York I am always wondering, ‘Who are you?’ and it is the promise of the city with its many stories that keeps me coming back like an avid reader dazzled by the library shelves.” — Julia Cameron
I have always loved New York, even back in the 70’s when it wasn’t doing so well. The first few times I went there, part of the fun was seeing so many of the things I’d read about for years. But mostly, the sheer density of it amazed me. People, businesses, buildings were packed together so tightly that the same bookstores and coffee shop chains would have establishments only blocks apart. Everything was moving, alive. The diversity of sights and sounds was stimulating, and the discoveries engaging and delightful.
Cities seem to be growing more and more like each other now, with large chains swallowing up the local businesses and obliterating their unique personalities. But there are still things that can be seen and experienced only in New York. It may have been bumped down the list somewhat on my roster of favorite destinations, but every time I go there, I fall in love with it again.
If you’re living in a city or visiting there today, I hope you have a fabulous day full of the sort of energy generated by urban rhythms. If you are far from the city, try channeling at least a bit of its wonderful intensity to jump-start your imagination and productivity. Thanks to technology, we can bring at least some of the excitement to wherever we happen to be.
This post was originally published seven years ago today, and I still love NYC as much as I ever did. My most recent visit to Manhattan was in November 2019, not long before COVID-19 slammed it so unmercifully. I hope and pray that it will not be too much longer before I will feel safe enough to take another trip to the city that fascinated me long before I ever saw it with my own eyes.
The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.