What a week! Last week I had the opportunity to be in New York for work and to visit friends. I lived in NYC for 3 years and during that time I nurtured some wonderful friendships.
In 2011, the company that I worked for asked me if I would consider moving to New York. This was a dream come true. Over the past 25 years, I have traveled to New York almost yearly to see Broadway Shows, to sight-see and just be a part of this fast-paced city.
New York City is a unique city. It consists of 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. The population is approximately 20 million people. One can understand, why there is so much energy in this area.
When one thinks of NYC, these are icons that come to mind: Empire State Building, Time Square, Stature of Liberty, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and World Trade Center. These are only just a few things to do. One could spend a week and still wouldn't see everything.
The weekend before, I spent sometime on Long Island, which is where I lived. Long Island consists of Brooklyn and Queens and the counties of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Long Island extends 118 miles from New York Harbor to Montauk Point(from west to east) and 23 miles between Long Island Sound and the Atlantic coast(from north to south). When I lived there, I explored from one end to the next. I could begin to understand why people who lived in the city would travel to the Hamptons, which is on the eastern end of Long Island. The Hamptons is definitely a place to get away from it all.
I love Broadway Shows! On Friday, I sat on the 6th row, in the middle, to see "On Your Feet". This was a musical based on the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The audience was captivated by the performers and the energy that they had. Gloria is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music. Her husband, Emilio, was instrumental in shaping and developing stars such as, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and many others. This a musical that you would enjoy.
Over the weekend, I stayed at my nephew's 200 square foot apartment in the Village area. He was out of town, so this gave me some room to stretch-out. On Saturday, I walked along the cobbled stone roads that are lined with trees and observed the brownstone homes with a neighborhood feel. As I walked along, I reflected on the early 1900's and wondered about the people's lives and what they were experiencing during that time period.
If you never have been to New York City, put this on your bucket list and experience this hustle and bustle city. As you are sight-seeing, hum the lyrics from "New York, New York".
"Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York.
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York....
I want to wake up in a city
That never sleeps......"
Give my regards to Broadway!