New York City. The city that never sleeps. The Big Apple. The capital of the universe. The most annoying city ever.
Everybody seems to be moving to New York City. Everybody seems to be in love with New York City. I used to believe that people my age only moved to the City to fulfill some delusional Carrie Bradshaw fantasy of shopping, sexting and sipping Cosmos. Those same people weren’t factoring in the reality of it all: sardine-can sized apartments that were older than Betty White with a gazillion dollar monthly rental rate, the overcrowded streets, the dirty streets and the long waits for just about everything. I was not a fan. I was never a fan. I only ever visited NYC to spend time with my real life Friends who weren’t named Chandler, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, Monica or Ross.
Last month, I decided to fly up to New York to celebrate Jason’s 30th birthday. It had been nearly 3 years since my last visit, and Jason turning 30 was a huge deal. I convinced Jonathan, Jess and Areis to join in on the travel fun, and voilà a weekend group trip was born.
I’m not quite sure what specifically changed from my previous trips to this past one, but I kinda fell in love with ol’ New York. I’ve always been surrounded by the best company when there. I’ve always ate fabulously and drank and danced the night away. The people that I’ve met during each visit were always really cool and interesting. Instead of always asking “why does everyone love New York City?“… I should’ve been asking the REAL question all along…
…”what’s there NOT to love about New York City?”
From the limo ride and fancy dinner at Morimoto NYC to the 4-hour timeframe it required to travel from JFK to HK to the danceathon that occurred at Industry Bar, I had such so much fun that I did not stop to take one photo with Jason or Gary or any of the other NYC crew.
New York City. The city that never sleeps. The Big Apple. The capital of the universe. The city that one can’t help but fall in love with.
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