Wednesday, May 30, 2012

In a New York State of Mind

I've lived in New York my entire life (with the exception of two years I spent living in the suburbs of Maryland). There is truly no place like NYC. You don't need a car. There's a store open no matter how late it is. There are free concerts in the parks in the summer time. The whole city is alive with color, music, art, culture and FUN! As I walk through Times Square, I'm often annoyed by the tourists who stop smack in the middle of the sidewalk to snap a picture of a skyscraper or a billboard. Daily, I suck my teeth as a family of five holds hands while boarding the Staten Island Ferry, blocking me from making a quick trip to my favorite seat. Constantly, I feel like the paparazzi ain't got NOTHING on tourists snapping photos of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and that stupid bull down on Wall Street. I watch as even the yellow cabs are cause for joy among the visitors to this great city. It's easy to forget that the things I see everyday are EXCITING to those who haven't had the privilege of growing up in the city that never sleeps.

But, recently it occurred to me that there are lots of things I haven't done as a New Yorker. There are places and experiences that I've taken for granted, having lived here for so long. And I formed a "bucket list" of the things I plan to do this summer.

I've never walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. My intention is to change that. This summer I'm going to strap up my AirMax and GO!

I've never been to the top of the Empire State Building. But I'll change that in the warm months to come!

What's more NY than hopping on a double decker bus with a salty pretzel or a dirty water dog (NYC slang for a hot dog from a street vendor) and taking in the sights?

I have passed Madame Toussaud's Wax Museum probably a thousand times! This summer, I'm goin in!

I visited the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in elementary school. Time for another trip to the beautiful landmark!

The kid in me (which my children tell me is the dominant part of me) is most excited to visit the Central Park Carousel.

What are the things on your "bucket list" this summer? Don't have one yet? No time like the present!

Happy Sightseeing!

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