I have been here in New York City for a week now. There is something about the city that just renews and rejuvenates my spirit. I am a city girl. New York is a CITY. Orlando is a TOWN. New York is the big city. Orlando is just a big town. You can get lost in New York City, in all the culture, activities and things to do. Orlando has a small town feel- not really my style.
Don’t get me wrong I enjoy living in O-town among the theme parks. I often drive through the Disney or International Drive area and try to see Orlando as a tourist might see my town. I think Orlando is cool, it just isn’t the big city I crave. So anyway, here I am in New York again for the umpteenth time. If it weren’t for our jobs in Florida I am convinced we would be living in the Northeast somewhere. I think. I don’t know…maybe we would be in the Carolinas or on the coast in Georgia. But we would have to be somewhere with easy access to a large city.
Maybe I am just getting restless. I have never lived in the same town for more than 5 or 6 years at a time since college. I have always moved around- from spontaneously moving to Salt Lake City for a few months to living on the beach just outside of Boston, I have always loved exploring new areas.
New York City to me is a place where you walk from your apartment to your yoga class. Then you stroll up the block, grab a cup of tea and pick up some fresh flowers, then walk back to your tiny (but cute) apartment to cook and watch movies the rest of the day. Well, that is MY dream day of living in the city.
It is always fun to walk around the streets and people watch. It is always fun to traipse through the markets and shops. It is always fun to parade through Central Park and see the bridges and lakes. It is always fun to hunt down that perfect piece of New York City cheesecake. And speaking of food, there is nothing on the culinary radar that cannot be found here. They even have fast food Vegetarian restaurants.
New York City is a place where your daily commute may include passing by the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center. Maybe you see the Statue of Liberty or the Brooklyn Bridge every day. Maybe you have to weave your way through millions of tourists taking pictures on every street corner. Walking into Times Square to see a Broadway show on a casual Wednesday afternoon may just be the norm for you.
New York City is a place where you walk a block in any direction and you find a pizza shop, a Starbucks and a bakery. Every day you hear twenty different languages being spoken. Walking past a movie set or a photo shoot is just another average day in the city for you.
I have lived in Queens before and I have lived in the center of Philadelphia. I used to love walking to get coffee or pizza. But I have always wanted to live in the heart of Manhattan with the world at my feet.
Where would you live if you could live anywhere?