New York – see you soon
It’s been already 4 weeks since I am back in Germany. New York is 6.133 km (3.811 miles) away. It’s an 8 hours flight. But I feel really connected to the city. There is something pulling me back to New York. I know one day I will be there, again. Not just for two weeks, again.
I feel like Igor Zimmermann Schwarzmann, who just wrote a great article about the city!
“There is no doubt in my mind, that I will end up living in New York at some point in my life. The question is really “when”, not “if”. (…)
The most important reason would be: the spirit of the city. New York is many, many things, but most importantly it’s the capital of possibilities. (…)
There is no city in the world, that has the grace, the compassion and the attitude to allow over 200 different languages to be spoken in its borders. New York is the place where people arrived to start something new and they still do it. Every day. It’s hard to catch it with words and it took me many, many trips to the Big Apple to realize the fact, that it’s not only the bars, the restaurants, the architecture that is so appealing to me. It is this sense of endless possibility that is so striking and invigorating.
I could go on and on about New York about all the places you should visit and about how undecided I am, if I would rather live in the Lower East Side, in Williamsburg or maybe Green Point. But that’s really not what this is about.
If you’re not convinced, try going to New York and just let the city breath into you. Don’t close down, don’t go too much uptown, don’t go to the museums. Just try to experience the city. Just walk. For a long, long time. And while at it, try listening to Nas.” (Igor Zimmermann, New York State Of Mind)
I totally agree to Igor, 98%. There is no city in the world where I had this feeling, which Igor describes as “endless possibility”. There are only two things, where I don’t agree with Igor. At first, I would try to move to Park Slope, right away (if I can ever afford it). The area is perfect. Pretty close to Manhattan, Williamsburg, but also far enough away from the always busy and stressy parts of Manhattan. The other thing is the music you should listen to, while you are walking along the good parts of New York. I would never listen to NAS, I prefer Moby or LCD Soundsystem.
Then there is the open-mindedness towards anything. Igor mentions the language, but it also concerns religion, ideas, attitude, food, sports, people. Why? Because of the extreme cultural melting pot. Because of all the different people clashing together in this beautiful town.
But there is also another thing. New York’s creative scene (especially design) is huge and really motivated to do stuff. Just take Swissmiss’ Creative Mornings. Or all the other events by PSFK, AIGA, 3rd Ward, Hyper Island… But maybe it is also a little bit like the saying: Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. And the other solution is to make events like this yourself, like Tidenhub or the CoCities Conference.
The picture above shows a funny highlight from the MoMA.
New York – See you soon!
Thomas, a good friend of mine from New York, posted a quote on my FB wall. It tells the truth:
“Living in New York is like being at some terrible late-night party. You’re tired, you’ve had a headache since you arrived, but you can’t leave because then you’d miss the party.” – Simon Hoggart