February 22, 2003

New York

New York - "The Empire State"

Francis W. Porretto: "Wy not trei a holiday in New York this year?
See the loveli lakes
The wonderful telephone system
And the many furry animals
Including the majestik moose...

No, seriously, New York is possessed of many beauties. Long Island, where I live and work, has terrific beaches. Continental New York has the Finger Lakes and extraordinary forests, more diverse and beautiful, especially in the autumn, than any other forests on Earth. Along the northern border we have the Saint Lawrence River and the incomparable Thousand Islands. And of course, there's Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.

My favorite vacation is a winery tour along the Seneca Wine Trail in north central New York. Until you've done it, you can't imagine how delightful it is."

Delsyn: "My heart will always be in my home, though - a quiet little burg people call New York City. What other town could survive the kind of terrorist action that would have most countries rushing to surrender and get back up kicking and clawing, ready to make them pay? There's an attitude in New Yorkers that just never leaves you no matter where you are.

And let's not forget that New York Harbor is home to the Statue of Liberty, the secret of American greatness - immigration! She was French and like the rest of Europe and the world looking for a better life, she came here!"

Bender: "New York City (get a rope... haha just kidding)

Hmm - wonderful NYC - we have, wait for it, the YANKEES! (ill leave out the Amazings for the time being- even though i dont give a rats ass about baseball)

One city, made from 5. That in its self is incredible, but we also - 3 tunnels, no less than 10 large massive bridges, 1 of the tallest buildings in the world (/mourn the other 2), amazing shopping (yippee....) world class food, and - models - yes, they are infact everywhere in NYC - there might be more pretty girls in CA, but we have models running amuck in NYC - and it is very good.

NYC is its self an addiction for those that live here - its a strange bizarre place full of wonder - always changing, always offering something new.

Oh - did I forget the Statue of Liberty? The symbol that drove a large portion of the immigrants to this country to try to live the American dream? Heck - NYC is the birthplace of that dream - all its faults included.

Oh - and one of those bridges is the Brooklyn Bridge - Brooklyn is one of those cities that became one of the "boroughs" of New York - its an amazing place where some of the popular culture of the United States has been shaped over the years - and even more of the popular food was perfected. Its a place where the regular guy can live in some semblence of peace with NYC - Jews, Latinos, Blacks, Italians, Irish - all live there - all thrive there - they may not always get along - but they are all proud of where they are from and all love their city, and their homes."

Faith: "Adding to the above for New York State, where I have lived my whole life, we have some of the finest institutions of higher learning in the country.

Cornell University, the only Ivy League university that provides state subsidized education (Ivy diploma at SUNY prices, dad loved that). As well as Columbia University, another Ivy; NYU, which holds top honors in their Law, Business, and Medicine graduate schools; FIT, home of the fashion forward, and of course the SUNY system providing broad ranging top quality education at rock bottom prices.

Culture overflows as well. MOMA, the Museum of Natural History (kickass dinosaur bones!), Broadway, an incredible Planetarium, and not to forget Central Park.

I could go on and on..."

anonymous: "to add to New York:

Long Island: the ocean, the sound, the roads surrounded by nature and, alternatley, the crawling strip malls- until you hit my town, where we've got an outlet mall that makes the senses cringe, until you get past it, adn are driving down sound avenue with old trees and farms and all side roads leading to a beach. The beaches are really the best. the big rocks on the sound, the huge waves at the ocean, the fact you can see fireworks on fourth of july being set off at the coastlines no matter where you are inland.

punk was invented in NY =D (dont give me that sex pistols crap). whoop, CBGB's!

Im currently attending a SUNY school, and no joke about it, its quality.

Walking in the City in the summer is one of the best feelings in the world. the smell, the people, the sounds, the surrounding concrete. its nothing anywhere else i've been.

needless to say, i <3 NY."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 10:48 AM

NYC -- capital of the friggin' world.

Nothing else compares to the five boroughs. We go from slums to glitz in a matter of miles, but the folks who live here are the best in the world.

'nuff said.

Posted by: Scott on February 22, 2003 08:04 PM

Nowhere, other than maybe Paris, compares to New York City. I have been there many times, stayed in Manhattan, and have many fond memories of the city. Fifth Avenue, the Theaters, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Hell's kitchen, the 24/7 atmosphere, the subway (yikes!), Lincoln Center, Tavern on the Green, "Windows on the World," where I drank champaigne once and ate dinner there one other time. I have a beautiful, framed picture of the Twin Towers on my wall that I have had for years, and when Sept. 11 happened, it became even more significant.

Too darned expensive to live there, but an incredible place to visit.

Posted by: Loretta on February 23, 2003 01:07 PM

There are always plenty of people to sing the praises of New York City -- not that I blame them. I lived there for 20 years myself and it's an unbelievable, indescribable place.

But let's not forget the wonders of upstate.

I live in the foothills of the Catskills, and even after having lived in major metropolitan places all my life, I love it here. So, okay, I can't run down to the corner at 2 a.m. for a bagel, the move was worth it.

Just to jump in the car and go grocery shopping, every bend in the road and every hilltop brings you face to face with incredibley scenic vistas that make you want to just stop and stare. I've been up here for more than four years now and some of the views you get still take my breath away.

And it is what makes New York a prime example of the infinite variety that makes this country such a nifty place.

Posted by: Dawn on February 23, 2003 07:54 PM

Dawn honey, I tried to focus on that. I spent many a summer in the Catskills and 4 years of college in central NY. Those Finger Lakes may create too much snow, but they sure are beautiful, and in the spring and summer produce some of the best wines around.

I'm always reminded of the Cornell school song...the beginning anyway ..... "Far above Cayuga's waters"...the rest I either forget or remember only the mock words, but it's just so damn gorgeous.

Posted by: Faith on February 24, 2003 04:15 AM

[chiming in for upstate]

life is truly peaceful here. the landscape is nearly indescribable. old churches, cemetaries, and 100+ year old farm houses. i've lived upstate for 2 years now and i don't think i'll ever move away.

green. blue sky. purple hills. red barns. white houses.

if anyone were to ask me why they should visit upstate NY, i would say: Croghan, Carthage, Watertown, Sacketts Harbor, Thousand Islands, Lowville, Burrville, Barnes Corners, the list goes on...perfect romantic little towns with personalities of their own. after that i'd mention the forests--the thick, thick trees and rolling hills, the rivers and lakes everywhere you go, and how very GREEN this place is. red maple leaves in the fall. homemade syrup, fresh milk from the farm next door, farmer's markets on Saturdays...i could go on forever.

Posted by: bran on February 24, 2003 12:15 PM

New York City - where the world comes together.

Most of the time, when people think of NYC, they think of Manhattan - the skyline, the theater district, Wall Street. There's plenty to be said for the outer four, though, where life is slower and the excitement of the city is combined with the togetherness of a small town.

I live in Kew Gardens, Queens, which is one of the "Seven Sisters" - the seven planned garden suburbs built in Queens between the 1870s and the 1920s. In the Jazz Age, Charlie Chaplin and Dorothy Parker lived here, and we've still got the art deco apartment buildings and storefronts along Lefferts Boulevard.

Kew Gardens was one of Queens' first mixed neighborhoods; in the 1920s and 1930s, it was one of the few middle-class areas where Jews and Italians could buy houses. It's still a mixed neighborhood. On a slow day, I can walk around my block and hear four or five languages spoken. There's an Uzbek restaurant down the street, and if I want something less exotic - like Thai or Malaysian - I can get that too. It's a nice place to call home; everyone else seems to.

Posted by: Jonathan Edelstein on February 26, 2003 08:09 AM


Posted by: Emma on February 26, 2003 11:21 AM

Went to Columbia and NYU, both fabulous universities. Every bit as good as Hahvahd and Yale, but without the snobbery. THE YANKEES SUCK! NYC is justly famous for its cultural attractions and the diversity of its population. All of that feeds tremendous cultural energy and creativeness. The Hudson between Spuyten Devil and the small city of Hudson is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, and above Glens Falls it is a white water paradise. Before you die or they defund it, take the Adirondack train from NYC along the Hudson and Lake Champlain to Montreal. It is one of the greatest train rides in the world. Thanks to a far-sighted desire to protect the purity of NYC's water supply the Catskills and the Adirondacks, especially the latter, are wilderness areas that rival anything in the west. By the way, THE YANKEES SUCK!

Posted by: Jimbo on March 15, 2003 04:50 AM

I was an Air Force brat, raised all over the world. (My baby sister was born in Tripoli, Libya.) In the year I graduated from high-school, Dad retired from the Air Force and bought a twenty-five acre patch of land in the Finger Lakes region.

For twenty-five years, I've toured rock shows. I've seen a good deal of the world, and every last nook & cranny of America. For the past fifteen years, I lived in Atlanta. Last year, Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. I don't have a wife & kids to be responsible for, and I decided to come home and hang with The Old Man.

I absolutely despise New York's government -- I call it "The Vampire State". But this country is the most beautiful place I've ever seen on earth. Between that indescribable thing and the simply-sweet and hearty people who live up here (as well as The World's Largest Amusement Park -- NYC -- only four hours down the road), I'm home for good.

Billy -- Daisy Hollow

Posted by: Billy Beck on March 15, 2003 02:27 PM