International Bon Vivant and Raconteur (nick_kaufmann) wrote,
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
nick_kaufmann

See My New York

I've lived in New York City on and off my entire life--mostly on. I was born in here in 1969, and though I spent the years between ages 3 and 11 in Connecticut, we came back to the city in 1981. Barring four years of college, 1987-1991, which I spent on a campus a mere thirty minutes outside the city, I've lived in here ever since.

I've seen a lot of changes. Many of them are for the better, some of them are for the worse, but all of them, all of them, are an erasure of the New York City I remember.

The city I still see in my mind sometime is the city I grew up in, and no amount of M&M Stores, Bubba Gump Shrimp Factories and Disney Stores can ever take that away. For better or worse, this is my New York.

(Also, by sheer coincidence, Herb Alpert's Rise--the music in the video--was the very first LP I ever bought!)
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