the evolving new york(er)

This week, I “became” a New Yorker, as defined by some people.  10 years ago, I began my journey to the big city to live out my dreams set for myself at 4 years old.

12 years ago or so, on my one of my weekend “visits” to the city, my friend brought me down to the most northern pier of BPC as it was sort of new to her as well and she wanted to share her exploration.  At the time, I didn’t get it, it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, so far South and so far West (despite her living on the East side at the time).

I thought the new SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery is a perfect depiction for this time in my life and my 10 year newyorkiversary.   The idea that a carousel goes around and around depicts the continued evolving of NYC and just like in life, it has its cycles of ups and downs.  Fish are symbols of fertility, representing the growth of downtown and myself.


Like The Battery, I am fairly new to the city and I have evolved over the years.  Not only did I live there for 3 years, I got engaged there, my wedding home base was there and just like The Battery and BPC, I lost myself there.  Unless you work on Wall Street or are visiting the Statue of Liberty, that area isn’t thought of very often and its a mystery to some people as to exactly where it is (one response when I told someone that I lived in BPC was “where is that? Queens?”) and don’t know to get there.  Because of my time spent at this somewhat historic tip of Manhattan, I know of and value the treasures that it offers us.  I hope you can enjoy them as well.


About cara protzko

A wanderlust at heart, I believe there is no better city to explore than NYC. With so much culture to experience, both old and new, my mission is to share my under the radar findings to enhance the experiences of the locals and the full-time NYC wanderers. I want my experiences and this blog be your go-to place for insider tips as you travel and explore this great city.
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3 Responses to the evolving new york(er)

  1. seanpwatters says:

    I send every person who wants something to do to your blog. Great post of many.

  2. sparkyxo . says:

    what a beautiful sentiment.

    happy 10 years girl. i’m so happy you’re a new yorker…don’t you go anywhere!!!

  3. Michele says:

    You always make me want to spend more time in the city, Cara. xox

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