It was love at first sight and it is still the love of my life. New York has never lost its attraction, fascination and this feeling of butterflies in my stomach since we met the very first time 27 years ago. Born on July 4th, it was probably meant to be. As a student later a freelance working journalist It wasn’t always clear if I could ever afford living this dream though. It is not only a prejudice that New York is a place where people either live in huge apartments (with their parents) or in closets (with two significant others). Either way, New York is it so worth to to make sacrifices. So New York wields a magnetic force over thousands and thousands of moneyless artists (talented and not talented), dreamer and visionaries (with or without a job), who come to New York and make it work. And I do not even wonder why. New York is one-of-a-kind, breath taking, exhorting, energetic. Since I am not a broadway star, Street musician or investment banker, but someone who loves discovering the world. I was just lucky to end up here in New York due to my husbands job. Like 8.5 million people I call New York home now.
For the rest of the world New York is on the top of the bucket list.
This city with all its facets of craziness is always busy, noisy, incredibly dirty, flashy and so inspiring . New York is never quiet and always straight in-your-face. I guess this is what fascinates me the most about New York City. So I can guarantee, walking through the streets of Manhattan you will not see two people who even look remotely alike. While the typical New Yorker may be perceived as angry, , I can assure they are not angry, they are just busy people that understand the importance of getting somewhere on time. I must confess this meets quite accurate my temperament of German efficiency. I am naturally a fast walker and enjoy the fast pace life that New York brings.
That being said New York is the only place in the United States where Americans actually walk instead of drive. Just 23 % own a car in Manhattan. No wonder, if you are getting stuck in the traffic over hours and look for a parking spot the rest of the day. Both driving as well as parking is a bolt and nerve racking venture. The good thing is, you can explore the city without street maps and it is not geographically challenging at all. With the grid system it is almost impossible to get lost. You just follow the numbers up or down, east or westwards until you get to where you need to be. Easy.
People going back and forth from work, people who set their fashion impression straight in-your-face, kids running to school and you see dog walkers all over the place. Real New Yorkers are pups at heart, in fact the data shows that one in seven households have a dog under the roof, more than 85.000 are registered.
You never feel lonely, just date your city you will always feel inspired and entertained.
However If your anything like me you like to watch people - this city is the best place to be. With everyone's differences you can literally make up countless stories of who they are and where they've been. But this is not this book about, it is a dedication of telling the stories of people I met since I moved here in summer 2015.
For those who picked up this book on whim, I hope you will enjoy meeting those people as much as I did. Meet the musician Kate, who bewitches people with her credible voice, the dog whisperer Nate, Gino, who came by ship in the sixties with nothing but to be with the love of his life and Liz, who knows everyone and is always busy with cultural and historical events. Meet Gina, Investment banker and New Yorker at heart and Esther, who created the “Townhouse Gallery” as her Mums legacy and to supports talented, penniless artists. Those people are making New York lovable and fill this mega village with a special kind of warmth and humor.
“ Street Views of New York” is not only an visual impression and the story of people, it is actually my love Story, which hopefully be continued over the next couple of years in New York City….