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.
As I shared in my previous post, I decided before going on my recent trip to New York City that I would spend most of the day in Lower Manhattan. So once my bus arrived, leaving us at 7th Avenue and 27th Street, I began walking. As you all know (especially, Val, my New York City walking buddy) that whenever I go to the Big Apple, I love to walk everywhere. Very rarely will I take public transportation because my greatest joy about being in a city like New York is that I can walk for hours and hours, and yet never notice how far I've walked because there is so much to look at and enjoy. On the average, I walk 80-85 blocks whenever I visit Manhattan - and that is over a 9-hour day.