My drawing done on the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. The day our emergency number turned the blackest black.
It was a wedding that brought me state-side a few weeks ago, it’s the eternal city that kept me longer.
I commented before that if I was a city, I would be Burano (a colorful fishing town north of Venice). I’m Burano with more of a NYC-flare. Burano is sleepy and NYC is the late-night out, followed by a 6 AM wake-up dance rave. As someone who has never liked sleep much (excuse me, I don’t like going to sleep, however I do like when I’m sleeping), New York City is very appealing to me.
Smiles in Mazzorbo, with Burano in the background.
NYC is my match in energy that I feel consistently. It’s my creative being that keeps my wheels ever-turning, it’s my legs that yearn to be running constantly and my smile that wants to greet everything. Disney’s Shang, from Mulan, said it best, “tranquil as a forest, but on fire within.” New York gives me that sensory overload that I crave.
During my 2-week stay, I got to indulge in Brooklyn, Upper West and Upper East and had a nice pit-stop in Chinatown; highlights including:
Brooklyn: Smorgasburg (event)
Upper West: The Meatball Shop (restaurant)
Upper East: Apple’s workshops (education)
Chinatown: Whiskey Tavern (experience)
Still photobombing myself on the Brooklyn Bridge.
A while NYC is amazing in it’s own right with it’s diversity, a place is made truly great by its inhabitants – and as I wrote previously (here), my favorite destination is to a familiar face. I was blessed to see a bunch of familiar faces! Shoutout to my friends for their hospitality, my fellow Temple Alums, my SWFL-ers, GLT gals, and my one-night Couchsurfing host – my first ever! For those I had a missed connection with, I’ll be back.
The moments that will indefinitely keep me coming back to NYC are the subway concerts, flickering Central Park sunlight, and the late-night drinking ending in Spanish practice with store owners on the walk home. Until then…
P.S. All you artists and art lovers, pay what you wish…
Museum of Arts & Design • 6 – 9 p.m.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum • 5:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Frick Collection • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.