Some of us agree that probably the only good thing about living in NJ is the ability to take in the full view this beautiful city. But then we rethink it and decide, “why would you want to be limited to viewing it, when you can live in it and experience it?”
I have a short distance run that I do in the mornings before work when I don’t have much time. It takes me through the ever evolving Brooklyn Bridge Park and all of the new piers that they are building. This run defies the need to live in NJ for the views. At one point on my run, I can see 2 handfuls of NYC’s iconic landmarks shining bright and sparkling in the morning sun. I can see the Statue of Liberty, the Staten Island Ferry and Terminal, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the new One World Trade Center, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the BQE… just to name a few. Its beauty really takes my breath away and is a phenomenal way to start the day.
We all know that NYC is much more than our landmarks. When visiting a city, you really only get to know it when you submerge yourself in it, among the locals. When I left the gym a few mornings ago, rather than take the subway to work and arrive into work 45 minutes the rest of my department, I decided to walk the mile and a half. It was the start of a gorgeous day and the Spring air was beginning to overpower the morning city smell of the hosing down of the garbage left over on the street from the night before. The hustle and bustle had not yet taken over the sidewalks; the tourists had not yet descended from breakfast; most of the shops and restaurants were just beginning to open their doors by the morning prep crew – the city showing its base layer – its true grit. I took my time walking to work, enjoying what makes this city what it is – enjoying the ability to casually look up at the gorgeous architecture; the energy of the hustle and bustle of the delivery guys, of the street cleaners; the intensity and the determination of the commuters to succeed make it here – and all before it was overrun by restaurant and clothing store chains.
Spring is the season of life, of new beginnings. It’s a great time to stop and smell the tulips, even if they are in the middle of this concrete jungle.