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I Carried

“I carried the trace of her lips, of her breath on my skin through streets full of faceless people escaping from offices and shops.” 

― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Photo by: Radhika Jit/New York City

Quite Simply

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“…quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean ‘love in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again.”

– Joan Didion, Goodbye to All That

The City Holds Us

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“It is necessary to find one’s own way in New York. New York City is not hospitable. She is very big and she has no heart. She is not charming. She is not sympathetic. She is rushed and noisy and unkempt, a hard, ambitious, irresolute place, not very lively, and never gay. When she glitters she is very, very bright, and when she does not glitter she is dirty. New York does nothing for those of us who are inclined to love her except implant in our hearts a homesickness that baffles us until we go away from her, and then we realize why we are restless. At home or away, we are homesick for New York not because New York used to be better and not because she used to be worse but because the city holds us and we don’t know why.”
― Maeve Brennan

Romanticizing New York City

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I’ve written a lot about my love of New York City. Romanticizing New York has always been a constant in my life, whether I was young and dreaming, living there in my early 20s, or now after I moved back to San Francisco.

Like so many others, I’m in love with loving the city that never sleeps. There’s something so beautiful about it. It kicks you down so much, yet you still love it.

Even though I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which isn’t exactly small town, I was always mystified by the allure of the Big Apple. My first visit was when I was 21 and I instantly feel deeper in love. I just knew, no matter what it took, I had to live there, which came two years later.

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Song of the Day: New York City Blues

There are dozens of songs written in ode to the most famous (and arguably the best) city in the world, yet this one is special. While I love Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s Empire State of Mind, Peggy Lee’s New York City Blues, describes exactly how I feel about that beautiful place, word for word. Oh how I miss you, New York.

But I’ve got to get back to you, if I have to walk across or fly. I can’t say good bye to New York City… They say it’s a great place to visit, but my heart tells me, it’s a better place to live.