Jan 28, 2018

5 Reasons To Love NYC

As I gazed from afar on a cold and dreary winter day with deep admiration of the skyline, Battery Park sits at the furthest tip of Manhattan Island.  For most---the city of big dreams represent so many things, but in historical context-- it's a symbol of European colonialism, American resilience and liberation. Despite the many things that I despise about this densely populated metropolis---the good certainly outweighs the bad. My trip to the big city instantly reminded me of its magical influence. If you've never been, here are 5 reasons to love New York City.
New York City, Battery Park Manhattan, Manhattan New York, Freedom Tower
Beacon of Hope - With the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island just miles in its distance, it is where millions crossed the Hudson shores via the Atlantic in search of a better life. My family migrated to New York from the US Virgin Islands in the 80s in search of greater economic opportunities during the states transition from a manufacturing to a booming financial services industry. And so many other families have similar stories to tell. You know the old adage, if can make it in New York, you can make it any where. 

Arts & Culture - If you want it, you can have it. With so many different cultures in one place, NYC is certainly a cultural melting pot. New York has always been known for its diversity and cultural richness. Just look at the immigrants who migrated to Ellis Island in the early 1900s. With communities like Little Italy, China Town and Spanish Harlem, the city has a rich history of cultural inclusion and diversity. With this richness, NYC is home to some of the most distinguished history and art museums like Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), The Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 

Shopping - A fashionista's dream. NYC offers an amazing shopping experience. From chic boutique's in Brooklyn, high-end luxury shopping on 5th Avenue to shopping your favorite premium brands along 34th street. Just know that whatever your style: boho, trendy or conservative---you'll have infinite options.

Creative Inspiration - Inspiration is all around you. Every corner offers something creatively unique and special. From the personal style of its people, the architectural landscape, the subway entertainers to the street entrepreneurs. Every borough has its own unique story. Head uptown to the Bronx, the birthplace of Hip-Hop or head south on the Q train for a walk on the seashores of Coney Island---either direction, you'll be sure to be inspired. 

Its Pace - Keep up or get left behind. And let me just tell you, you either move or get run over. If visiting for the first time, get ready to move..... and move FAST. While the constant fast pace (the rat race as some may call it) certainly isn't for everyone, take it for what it's worth. For me, the fast pace inspired me to keep up with my dreams. Many to which I'm still chasing by the way. 😉

Until next time, Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

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