Let me first describe to you where I come from. My home is located in the metro Detroit area. Although I have been in downtown Detroit several times for sporting events, concerts, and various other reasons I live in a place that is VERY different than Detroit itself. Now as far as where I attend school, Mount Pleasant Michigan. The easiest way to describe MTP, is basically like a recipe; take four parts farming, two parts college town, one part food joints, four parts bars, and add a Indian reservation with a casino resort. Mix it all together and you get Mount Pleasant The Chippewa area.
So my whole point is it is VASTLY different than NYC. Naturally coming into such an amazing city I have noticed several things towards this city that you can only experience first hand.
The stereotype that NYC is full of people who don’t care about you and are complete jerks is still true. However I was utterly surprised and impressed with how may people combating that there are. I have met so many people in this city who are so unbelievably nice and accommodating, it has southern hospitality getting a run for its money. Accordingly the feeling that a lot of people talked about post 911, about the feeling of pride for the city and being a New Yorker can still be felt through out the city.
Learning a second language is REALLY important. Considering it seems that more than 75% of the city don’t use English as their primary language.
It truly feels like this city never sleeps. Honestly I think the only way you can truly feel this is to live here for some time. Just walking down the streets it is just go go go.
If you have a passion for the arts you are in good company. More and more people everyday are doing or trying to sell you some form of artistic expression. Jewelry, music, comedy, painting, clothing etc., it goes on and on. This is the Mecca of artistic expression.
The notion that NYC has some of the best pizza places is completely TRUE, I prefer Bens Pizza.
Frankly I am just going to stop listing them right there. Frankly this is just such an amazing city and I have been blessed to work and live here for even this short time. I will urge all to at least take a trip here. New York really is the greatest city in the world.
More observations and Clips and Scripts from the intern to come thank you to all who is reading.
Nathans is an American institution; the hot dogs of the original Coney Island are amazing. And I will be there with camera in hand for the hot dog eating contest on the 4 of July!
This was one of the kids I went to Coney Island with who was a relative of my neighbors Ryan and Kate. He loved his experience, obviously.
Photos property of Patrick Siller