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Have you ever been to a place where you can actually feel it in your heart?

A place where when your feet hit the ground, you’re filled with a sense of synchronicity that permeates every fiber in your being?

I have.

I feel that way about New York City.

New York City is place of no middle ground.

It’s a city of extremes.

It either feels like it’s assaulting you with sensory overload, or feels as though you’ve just arrived in heaven; providing you with life-giving breath.

It’s a city that doesn’t give a shit whether you like it or not, because it is what it is. It makes no apologies by saying, “You can either jump in and enjoy the water, or we suggest you try swimming in another pool.”

It will never adapt to you.

You must adapt to it.

Ironically, at first glance it appears to be hard and jagged around the edges. Yet, it has a soft and genuinely kind center. I’ve never seen a city so willing to reach out and help, when help is needed.

It minds its own business, yet at the same time is well-aware of what’s going on around it.

It is truly one of the most misunderstood cities, because it is always being viewed by its surface.

It carries a smile not on its face, but in its heart.

I admire NYC because of its unshakable courage.

You’ll never hear it whine or complain, but rather it finds a solution by pulling itself together and working as a complete unit.

It’s sharp and intelligent.

And no matter what catastrophes have happen to this city, it has the amazing ability to rejuvenate itself; growing another tail like a chameleon.

Now, I don’t mean to paint this city as perfectly flawless.

Because it can be abrupt, manic, direct, impatient, and stranger than a man with three testicles.

But for me that’s all part of its flawless imperfection.

It’s like a raw diamond.

Rough on the outside….but look a little deeper.

I love you New York.

And always will....

Have a flawless weekend everyone!


*Photos provided by my New York loving friend, Joanna!


  1. I lived NYC- on the Upper West Side or UWS as I adoringly termed it. But living in NYC constantly reminded me of growing up in a nearby Long Island suburb. I think most people I graduated high school with think of a manhattan apartment as a must have accessory until they are ready for a long island home of their own. But I only hope that they can escape murray hill long enough to see the breadth of possibilities that amazing city has to offer.

  2. Greetings Rachel~

    Welcome! Thank you for stopping by and sharing a comment. Nice to meet you!

    Even though I lived on the upper east side, I much prefered the UWS. Much more down-to-earth.

    And you're absolutely right because my roomate grew up on Long Island; longing to have a Manhatten apartment, and then eventually moved back out to Long Island, in a house.

    Oh, but isn't Manhattan AMAZING???

    It's my favorite city in the world!

    Thanks again for stopping by!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Enjoyed this, thanks. Would you mind if I point out something I noticed? I'm a grammar stickler and I noticed a small issue with the use of the one of the words. "It's" = the contraction it + is. "Its" is the possessive. So "It’s sharp and intelligent." is correct, but "It carries a smile not on it’s face, but in it’s heart," needs to be the other "its" with no apostrophe. Took me a while to get that sorted myself, so please don't take offense. Take care.

  4. Greetings Anonymous~

    Welcome! Listen, no offense taken. I actually thank you for pointing that out to me!

    Honestly, I'm terrible with grammar, so I appreciate your correction.

    Thank you so much!

    And thank you for stopping by! Drop by anytime!

  5. that's beautiful :)

    i've always wanted to go to new york, and now i'm just a little bit more tempted.

  6. Hi Torijay~

    Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by. Nice to meet you.

    If you ever get the chance to visit NY, I know you'll enjoy it. The energy of that city can feel overwhelming, but AWESOME at the same time. Especially if you're the creative-type. It's my favorite city on the eastcoast.

    Stop by anytime. Enjoy your weekend!