One thing has been lingering on my mind since I came here one year ago– why does everybody like New York City?
As it for me, the reason for holding this question is that the curiosity of knowing how come a city can be so attractive and evergreen century after century, even after going through several crises and recessions.
The city has too many possibilities. Like I mentioned in my first blog, it’s like a melting pot, everyone can find their own spots here. “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” already became the belief for every dream chaser in New York. Speaking of the possibilities, I couldn’t help but wonder how can a small island like Manhattan be so diverse? Thinking about its reputation on food, attraction, tourism, movies, entertainment, finance, music, or fashion, it seems as though if you want to be here, then you will find the position for you.
Also, I was surprised by the prosperity of the city; even it could be pretentious somehow. As we all know, after the catastrophic financial recession in 2008, the whole world started getting gloomy. But things aren’t completely true in the city by observing the constant stream of visitors, endless constructions and increasing prices. I keep feeling that New York may not be the perfect representative for the U.S.
On the other hand, this city is full of crimes, beggars and unemployed people, which are utterly opposite to what I just mentioned above. I happened to read some articles after the Mayor election finished. I was shocked by the city’s current situation– In Bloomberg’s 12 years in office, his personal fortune increased sevenfold, from $4.5 to $32 billion, while 46 percent of the city’s residents now live in or near poverty. Maybe you are living in the most trendy and fashionable city of the world, but those stores on Fifth Avenue or SOHO are full of tourists; maybe the fancy penthouses are just around the corner, but you can only see them in some movies; maybe you are a fan of Carrie from the Sex and the City and dream about her life, but you have to keep dreaming about that.
Everyone wants to be a New Yorker, and everyone believes that he/she could be a New Yorker, so everyone journey to New York with their simple dreams. When people are making New Year resolutions, I am making my New York resolutions. Living in a new city is not easy, and living in New York City is even harder. New York City is such a combination with bitter and sweet, love and sadness, tears and joys, and sins and saints, like a classical saying in an old Chinese drama, “if you love someone, you should bring him to New York because it is heaven; if you hate someone, you should bring him to New York because it is hell.”
And yes, I am still wondering in the city about the city and about myself and about my future in the city.