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i [heart] New York…whatever

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Well….I got back from New York City on Tuesday morning around 12:15am. The trip was long and I hadn’t slept at all when we embarked on our perilous journey (lol) at 1:30am Monday morning. This was my first actual on-the-ground experience in NYC — Manhattan to be exact. On past trips I have driven to NYC, through NYC, and flown out of NYC … but that was about it. This experience was quite different on the other hand. This experience turned out to be a quest for specific commercial-grade machinery. Yeah, yeah, I know. Most people who go to NYC go there for shopping, “whacking” someone, or sight-seeing … you know … the usual touristy things. I, on the other hand, wasn’t much of a tourist. I just wanted to leave.

Don’t get me wrong though. New York has gone a long way to clean up its image since the days when crime and squeegee-men threatened to overrun the city — but that didn’t do much for me. I am sure that NYC means a lot to its millions, and millions, and millions, and millions of residents. Then again, I am (thankfully) not one of those millions — but you know what they say — beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am sure that the city has its own kind of charm. I probably failed to see it since I wear prescription eyeglasses.  I suppose opportunity can be found around every corner. Tell that to the shabbily dressed guy with a nervous tic walking down the street.

Immigrants who came to New York City in the 1900’s believed that the streets were paved with gold…

Sinatra sang about about New York…

Some guy got rich by making stupid t-shirts that say, “I love New York” (the world love represented w/ a heart shape)

I, on the other hand, didn’t see any single street paved in gold. I don’t feeling like singing about New York. I also do not “heart” New York…

One of the things that I found interesting, and somewhat peculiar, about New York City were its seeming contradictions… The haves vs. the have nots, the patriotic vs. the radical, the old (historic) vs. the new (modern & contemporary) the legal vs. the illegal, immigrant vs. non-immigrant, etc. Yet, despite all of these differenes and contradictions … New York (and New Yorkers in particular) have dealt with them better than nearly every other city of similar size. NYC and its millions of residents have learned how to deal with and even manage chaos (I am sure that many might disagree with such an assertion). Organized chaos … a contradiction in terms … but that is somewhat how New York seemed to me.

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5 Responses to “i [heart] New York…whatever”

  1. Yeah, manhattan is offensively digusting especially China Town

  2. MR said

    Thats my hood!

  3. Bint Will said

    This Native New Yorker (by way of Long Island) loves New York…The food… diversity…If you don’t like the city you can escape to beautiful Long Island (though it’s not as beautiful as it was when I was a young girl) or update and enjoy some hikining and camping.

    When I moved to the DC metro area I experienced some serious culture shock.

  4. @ Bint Will:

    I can understand how native New Yorkers would love the city — it does have a certain charm. New York is also quite unique for its amazing cultural diversity, as you pointed out. I suppose I have just become far too accustomed to the mundaneness that life offers in the burbs.

  5. Bint Will said

    Abu Ameerah then venture out to Long Island, it’s a suburban area. Although it’s still predominately white, you can still experience a nice cultural experience. There are a few Indian Reservations, an abundance of beaches, petting farms (like Old Bethpage assuming it’s still there haven’t been home in a while) Upstate is more rural, but is home to many beautiful suburbs (westchester county, there is a nice Muslim community there) great for camping. As kids we used to say upstate New York is all farms and apples trees.

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