…. aside from being at Ground Zero on 9/11, I had a brilliant time exploring the city with one of my old friends from SLC who has since become a New Yorker. I had a bit of a love affair with the architecture in the city, absolutely brilliant. Over the course of two days, we walked 22 miles around Manhattan and we:
Visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bought (legal) weed and a couple of beers from a corner deli, and enjoyed them in Central Park
Strolled through the Upper East Side and talked about why Anthony Bourdain hated it so much
Went to a comedy show at the legendary Caroline’s Comedy Club
Ate a street hot dog
Visited Grand Central Station
Walked through Times Square on a Saturday night
Perused Little Italy and Chinatown
Walked past my (probable) soul mate without ever saying a single word to her
Rode the subway a hundred times
Checked out The Federal Reserve building
Watched people touch the balls of The Bull of Wallstreet
Saw the Flat Iron building
Walked past the incredibly unassuming door to the New York Stock Exchange
Accepted a free joint from a generous shopkeeper in Brooklyn
Walked the Brooklyn Bridge
Drank local beer in a charming neighborhood bar in Brooklyn
Rode the Stanton Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty
…and a dozen other unspoken things you do in your head while walking this city.
This city is an exercise in coexisting with darkness and light.
The woman for me does a dance with darkness and light.
For this reason, I am sure –
I want to fall in love in New York City.
…smoking a joint in Central Park, strolling through the Met, or dining in a tiny spot in Little Italy…
My only question is – does she live here already, or will I bring her here?
Will it be our 7th date? Our 77th? Either way, I will fall in love with her in this city, for the first time,
for the 11th time.