For me, one of the most appealing things about New York is its vast diversity.
It is a city in which you are surrounded by various cultures, neighborhoods and boroughs, each containing and contributing its own unique flavor. New York City is like a big pot of wedding soup with lots of delicious ingredients married together, making up the special recipe of what makes it so great.
Yeah I know, another post about New York City. Oh well, what can I tell you other than I've been in a New York state of mind for the past three months. I mean, you would think that I live there from all the posts I share about it, right? I find myself going to visit at least once or twice a month because right now, New York City is where my passion lies. And just between you and I, I can so see myself living there again. You never know.
Right after I graduated high school in Boca Raton, Florida (in 1974), my parents generously paid for my airfare and hotel accommodations as a graduation present so that I could audition for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Two weeks later I received a letter saying that I had been accepted. I can't tell you how elated I was because my dream had always been to live, train, and work as a professional actor in New York City.
So when the summer of 74' came to an end, I eagerly boarded a plane from Fort Lauderdale to JFK Airport and began a new adventure away from my family and friends.
I was 17-years old.
One of the most amazing things about New York City is the incredible amount of people who live, work, and travel there, walking the streets.
And it's ironic, I typically don't enjoy going to crowded social events or things like theme parks and crowded bars and restaurants because they make me feel claustrophobic. And yet, I can visit or even live in a populous city (such as New York), and the crowded streets don't bother me. In fact, I thrive on them.