Although it was a childhood dream of mine, when I finally did find myself in the middle of Times Square for the first time, staring up at all those flashing neons and gigantic billboards was like an out of body experience. To be in a place that was so familiar to me –after many years of television watching– yet at the same time so new and so unknown, can only be described as surreal. I’m certain this is the same feeling many people experience when they find themselves face-to-face with the Eiffel Tower, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, or any other iconic landmark.
It is such a treat to be exposed to so many wonderful things, from world class restaurants and museums to spectacular skylines, architecture to marvel at, independent theatre to tickle your fancy, Broadway shows to blow you away, and jazz bars to delight your musical appetite. New Yorkers with loud voices, the best comedy clubs in the world, great authentic feasts in Little Italy, and my favorite… shopping, shopping, shopping. People who know me, know that there is a bit of a shopaholic streak inside of me, and that streak is satiated on 5th Avenue and in Soho –by far the best shopping the world has to offer in my opinion! Shopping here can be likened to a museum experience, especially in places such as Saks 5Th Avenue or in some of the boutiques tucked away in the side streets of Soho.
As Alicia Keys and Jay Z tell us, New York is THE concrete jungle where dreams are made of. It is indeed a place that will make you feel brand new, and will certainly inspire you. People come here from all over the globe to chase their dreams and to become the best version of themselves. It is the town where every corner is reminiscent of a famous movie scene, and where the world’s major companies and brands either evolved from or came to. This is a place where you will find yourself more driven than ever before.
You see, New York has a little secret, one that you will learn about once you spend enough time here. When you become a part of this city, you will become surrounded by highly motivated people, people filled with schedules, appearances and dreams that are never ending… and this is the biggest gift that New York will give to you! These people and this energy that surrounds you, well you can bet your bottom dollar that it will motivate you to become more than you ever dreamed of. That’s why so many success stories come from the Big Apple. It’s a great place for startups to get their momentum, for actors it’s a playground, while dancers and musicians find themselves in the heart of it all; for advertisers and bankers it’s their mecca, and for fashionistas it’s their Disneyland. New York, New York! These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you!