31st January 08:07 am: as my barely steady plane touches down an hour late at a very windy, freezing cold JFK airport, I take deep breath.
I have arrived. The craziness and the rat race begins.
Call it what you want, The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Metropolis, City of Dreams, or my favorite- GOTHAM, once you’re in, your hooked! “New York!!” the sexiest city alive, she’s like heroin and chocolate all at once. For me, she’s a necessity. Work, family, friends, restaurants, entertainment, favorite haunts, power filled days, sleepless nights- the list of why I am here so often goes on.
After spending 7 months living in New York and 27 years of visiting it almost yearly, I know I still haven’t seen all this city has to offer. My frequent trips back every year, give me the illusion that I covering the cityscape like a resident New Yorker should, but truthfully one could be lost in NYC forever and still have things to discover about the city everyday. New York is definitely not for the easily intimidated. Life here is fast paced to say the least; “the survival of the fittest” is the rule in this concrete jungle. If you don’t keep up, she’ll chew you up and spit you out in no time. But if you have what it takes, she’s the love of your life.
It’s been 4 days and I haven’t had a moment to catch my breath. I’ve had 23 meetings, watched a NY Knicks game live at Madison Square Garden, been to 2 of my favorite restaurants, 3 bars, watched the Oscar nominated movie Zero Dark Thirty, been shopping on 5th avenue and watched the Super Bowl XLVII. Sleep, you say? what’s that?
For more about my time in New York and recommendations from my current trip, read my “Sleepless in NYC” series of posts.