Missing New York
I’m working out of our 11 Madison Avenue office in New York City today, and having been a former citizen of the great city of New York, I must say it’s a pleasure to be back.
I left the Big Apple almost a decade ago for the wide open pastures of my native Texas, and it’s been an entire year since my last visit.
But also having traveled to parts well beyond for business over the past year, I must say coming back to visit NYC is a whole lot like coming home.
I know the weather’s been abnormally hot in the NY area this summer, but this particular Friday it’s most pleasant out. There was a cool breeze blowing through Madison Square Park this afternoon, and I think the temp was hovering around a cool 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
Of course, there are things about living in NYC I miss, and there are things I don’t: Like the endless cacophony of police, fire, and ambulance sirens. That I definitely don’t miss.
But the things I miss about living in New York, in no particular order:
1) The people. People who live and work in NY are some of the smartest, funniest people on the planet. Tha doesn’t mean people elsewhere aren’t smart or funny. It just means there’s a great concentration of smart and funny people in New York, and I miss hanging out with them. Especially all my New York friends. I definitely miss the people.
2) The food. The food in New York City is some of the best and most diverse in the world. You can go to Paris and have great French food. And you can go to Tokyo and have great Japanese food. And you can go to Bangalore and have great South India food. But when you come to New York, you can have great food from anywhere, and I never remember how much I miss it until I come back. I definitely miss the food.
3) The architecture. If you’ve lived in New York for any length of time, and then you leave, you’re absolutely relieved to be rid of being surrounded by all the tall buildings (again, especially if you’re from the wide open spaces of Texas). But, when you come back, you forget how amazing those buildings are. They surround you in a tall envelope of grace, majesty, and magnanimity, and it’s very easy to forget how grand they are. I definitely miss the architecture.
4) The traffic. New York has the best traffic in the world. It’s the kind of traffic you like hanging out in. There’s all kinds of interesting things to see while you’re sitting in traffic (Harken back to #1, #2, and #3). You can scope out the city for new restaurants, new fashions, and yes, even new buildings. And, if you don’t like sitting in traffic, you can get a bike and zip through the traffic (I used to be a New York City bike messenger, many moons ago, and lived to tell about it). I definitely miss the traffic.
5) The New Yorkness. Probably more than anything, I miss what I can only call the “New Yorkness” that is New York. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, then you’ve obviously never been here, and you need to hurry up and come visit and get some New Yorkness at least once in your life. You might could compare New Yorkness to joie de vivre, only that’s more of a French-like feeling. I guess you could co-opt that particular phrase and call it joie du New York.
The French probably wouldn’t mind.
And the New Yorker probably wouldn’t care if they did.