I’m just gonna say it: I still love NYC.
I know, I know, everyone is leaving. In droves.
And I can’t wait to go back. Every day I have a twinge or two of homesickness for the greatest city in the world.
I know, I know, between COVID and Cuomo and DeBlasio our beautiful city (and our favorite neighborhood!) is in shambles.
Little did I know when I snapped this at MOMA in 2013 it would define NYC in 2020:
I will have to be patient, because I am afflicted with a condition called topophilia, meaning an attachment to place. Nothing in my childhood or anywhere in my past would have suggested that NYC would ever feel like home, yet somehow it does. There’s a little jolt of excitement every time I see the tip of the Chrysler building in the distance on the way in from JFK. Can’t explain it.
We were hoping to go back in September. Sadly, it looks like that won’t be happening. There’s no place like Manhattan in the fall, and, oh, how we will miss it.
But I’m compiling a list of the top five “haven’t done” “must-do’s” for when we do return. You think everything will always be there so you put it off til next time or the time after. No more of that!
I hereby decree that we will finally pop for dinner at Restaurant Daniel:
We will finally take that boat to Ellis Island:
We will finally make that reservation for high tea at the Baccarat Hotel:
We’ll finally take that historic walking tour of Lower Manhattan:
And maybe that will give me some perspective. If you start from the beginning of “New Netherland” on Governor’s Island in 1624, you’ll find plenty of high and low points for NYC along the way. And still so much of that grand city to explore.
Hang on, NYC – we’ll be back as soon as well can!