Maybe it’s because I came of age in New York during the 1980’s, when the city itself was going through an epic transformation. It was a time of freedom and exploration, and being vain and 20-something I was sure I lived in the center of the universe.
Growing up in Westchester, the city had always been the epicenter of curiosity for me, and though it’s been thirty years since I moved out of Hell’s Kitchen, I keep going back. It’s like flipping through old year books to swoon
over a handsome lover I had long, long ago.
Recently I spent a few days in the West Village and it reminded me that while I call San Francisco home, I still love the hustle, history and heart of the only place I call “The City”.
Here are 12 reasons why I still go back:
1) The bagels really are the best
2) Dioramas at the Museum of Natural History
3) Seeing the Statue of Liberty when the plane starts its descent
4) No one looks at you weird when you order a seltzer
5) The constellation ceiling in Grand Central Terminal
6) The Damascus Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/dama/hd_dama.htm
7) Humor: all forms
8) The gardens at St. Luke in the Fields church
9) Grove Street
10) Riverside Drive
11) The Abigail Adams House http://www.mvhm.org/about-us/
12) My daughter lives here
Oh, yes, #12 = another benefit of living bi-coastal is my daughter has settled nicely into NYC living, so no need to end my relationship with The City. Just two weeks’ notice and a plane ticket. No questions asked.