Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Location, Location, Location

I have come to the decision that I must tell you all where I live because so much awesome stuff happens here that I want to write about.

I live in The Big Apple, The Big Easy, the city of cities, The City That Never Sleeps, the most populous city in the US, The Greatest City in the World, The Crossroads of the World, Manhattan, New York City itself.

In New York, you can’t help but feel like you are part of something bigger. I love the culture, the diversity, the opportunity. In New York, you never have to be bored. We have Broadway, the best museums in the country, headliners, the best dance, opera and music performing groups, art galleries, sports, celebrities in the streets, world class restaurants, amazing parks and more.

We also have Fleet Week. This week, active-duty service men and women flood the city as military ships dock, open to the public and let their crews roam free. So now, thousands of wide-eyed, clean-cut, fit young men are looking sharp in their uniforms as they wander the city, making New York all the more beautiful. I love this city.

So if you ever want to visit, send me an e-mail. I know my way around this town and definitely have an empire state of mind!


  1. That's so cool that you live in New York. I served my mission there about 4 years ago and loved it. I love that city. In fact, I'm a little bit jealous that you're over there while I'm stuck in "Happy Valley" Provo, UT.

  2. I'm not a fan of really big cities like New York and Tokyo, (even Boston is approaching the limit) but it's true that there is a lot of good stuff available in New York that you don't get in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

    So enjoy.

  3. Hahah good song... but nothing comes close to the golden coast ^_~

  4. Hello from your neighbor to the South. I'm in Philadelphia.

  5. That is one kick ass place! If I had not a care in this world that'd be the first place I'd think of going, yup. I visited there a fe years ago, it was crowded, noisy, dirty, stinky---I LOVED IT, reminded me of my home town, Mexico City!!

  6. How cool! I'm a small-town boy till I die, but I have been DYING to visit New York to get the whole experience. (Of course there are some Broadway shows I simply MUST see...)

    It does make me wonder, is it difficult to deal with all this in a place where the Church doesn't have such a prominent influence as it does in Utah? Or is it easier?

  7. That's cool, so are you from there originally? Do you have family there with you?

  8. I, too, love your city. In fact, I think of New York as my city because even though I don't live there and I've only visited twice, I feel so at home there. It's partly because of the media exposure. We've all seen certain New York locations like Times Square thousands of times on TV and in movies. Both times I've been there, I felt perfectly safe, which I probably wasn't, but I just felt so at home. Both times I also attended church in what is is now the NYC
    Temple. Just wanted to let you know that this Utah man relates to your enthusiasm for the Big Apple.

  9. @Chuck: Which parts of the city did you serve in? And I am a little jealous of you being in Provo. Coming out on your own is hard, and it would be nice to have more of a support group nearby.

    @naturgesetz: There is so much that a big city has to offer, but I do not deny that I do miss a little bit living in a city that had less than 8 million people in it, like Fredericton, New Brunswick with its 50,000 according to the 2006 census. It looks like a fun place to vacation, actually!

    @pgf: I like Sinatra’s “New York, New York” more than the new fad of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” Whenever I hear Ol’ Blue Eyes sing those dulcet tones, I melt with love for this city! (And we have some decent coasts here as well. Also, a New York beach on Long Island was just rated as the best in the country!

    @Mister Curie: Hello! I have been to Philly a couple of times and go through it quite often on my way to and from DC. I’ll have to stop and wave next time! Either that or we will have to start having East Coast Moho parties!

    @Public Loneliness: New York is definitely not the place to go if you are easily unsettled, but it offers so much! I love watching the people and realizing that every single person has their own story and their own reasons for being in the city. Even with the mess and the smells and the noise, I love it.

    @Levin: You should come and visit and get the whole experience! Which Broadway shoes are you dying to see? Also, as to your wonderful question as to the difference in coming out here versus somewhere else where the church is more prevalent, you have inspired a whole new post I am writing on exactly that. I will let you know when it goes up!

    @JonJon: I am here on my own, trying to find my way in the world. All of my family is on the West Coast, so I only see then once or twice a year.

    @Ned: I feel safe here too. I have never felt not safe. And I completely agree with you that the media loves this city and that helps it endear itself to us so much. I fell in love with the city before I even moved here. (Plus, who doesn’t love seeing your city destroyed in countless ways in the movies!)

  10. Horizon, I served most of my mission in the Bronx and upstate, but I did serve for 3 months in Manhattan on the upper west side in a singles ward there. I wished I had had more time in Manhattan but loved every minute I was able to be there.

    I can see why it'd be nice to have a support group around you to help you come out, but as for Provo itself. Well, it's not that great.