I was thrilled when I received a very special comment on my most recent interview about New York City and life on the Upper West Side from a TNYL reader who happens to be a New Yorker. This comment is unlike any posted on the blog before, as it’s more like a story, so I have to share.
|“My biggest concern is being able to afford living here until they carry me out.”|
by M. Letta
I could never ever have imagined living here (never say never!) but oh, every day I wake and am so thankful for the years I’ve had here….and hope to have more of.
|“I am so thankful for the years I’ve had here.”|
It’s far from perfect and it is definitely not for everyone (I hate crowds and noise yet somehow I don’t find it impossible to deal with; perhaps familiarity has bred some degree of acceptance?) and if you can’t support yourself, it’s definitely problematic. I was lucky in that I moved here when you could, reasonably, afford to move here. Now? Yikes. I don’t know how anyone can afford to, even with several roommates. It’s a different world cost-wise and job-wise.
I think for me, it’s all about the diversity (ethnic, social, financial, cultural) and that you really do come face to face with the real world every day. Opportunities: To meet people from all over the world, to see some of the most incredibly creative and talented people in all sorts of venues from Broadway to literal dungeons (!).
And options. The toughest thing in NYC as you know, is choosing what to do with one’s time and money. So many choices.
I remember when I traveled all over the U.S. for business. I was always glad to get off the plane and be HOME.
|New York is home.|
Living in NYC is a course in how to live and how to grow. You never stop learning here and there is always, always, always, something new to explore, do or try.
There are times of the year (summer!) when I wish I had a second place to escape to. Summer in the city is grueling and challenging and not at all like summer in the suburbs, the country or the beach. But…we have the rest of the year.
If you like the unknown, if you are curious, if you like diversity, if you like to be challenged. If you want to grow in a thousand ways, consider NYC. Whether for a few years or a lifetime.
|“If you want to grow in a thousand ways, consider NYC.”|
An avid theater-goer (59E59 and Signature Theaters), freelance writer and editor, M. Letta has lived in the same one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West side for close to 40 years. Favorite thing to do: Just get on the bus or subway and get off with no plans and explore an area.