New York is one-of-a-kind. It has a flavor like no other. Rising skyscrapers. Dazzling advertisements. Honk-to-honk taxis and cars, rubbing shoulders in the steamy streets - like the people on the sidewalks.
Yesterday, we drove into the city in a minivan with friends from Jersey. They navigated the streets like pros, swaying between buses and crowds.
After a day at Central Park and FAO Schwartz (our girls danced on The Big Piano, made famous by Tom Hanks' "Big"), we waltzed our way through the streets back to the outrageously-priced parking garage.
On our way back to PA, I said, "I'm definitely not a new yorker (although I do like to visit)."
I prefer wide open spaces, ranch style houses, vegetable gardens, mountain air, and dinners around wooden tables with lively conversations.
I want to let my girls run wild in the outdoors, blowing dandelions and making wishes on stars. I want to rock on a porch swing at sunset, eating homemade shortbread with strawberries. I want to go to sleep with the sounds of outside in my ears, to look out the window into the milky dark quiet.
I like many things about city-living - healthy commerce and competition, plentiful resources, and lots to do. I like architecture and art, murals and theaters, universities and innovation.
We have yet to find that "sweet spot" for us - a city that isn't too city-ish...a place to grow a business AND grow a family.
Did you grow up in the city or the country? Have you ever been to NYC? What are your favorite things to do there?