Reflections on New York
Hey all! I Hope everyone has been doing well during what I personally consider to be the most hectic time of the year. I feel like during the months of January and February it just seems like the sky is falling with no clear end in sight. I will reassure you all (and myself) that there is in fact an end to this madness. I will also reassure you all that everything will settle itself out one way or another, and in the end you’ll be able to look back and be glad that things didn’t happen any other way. It’s times like these that I like to sit down and count my blessings, and remind myself that even in the dead of winter, there are still good things in this world.
This time around my ruminating brought me to reflect on the city that I’ve now lived in for six months. Though that might seem like a decent amount of time to get affiliated with the city, I will say that I continue to be surprised and evermore impressed with what New York has to offer at every turn. In particular I have found myself growing increasingly fond of the numerous coffee shops which dot Columbus Avenue, each with their own unique aesthetic and flavor. With any luck I’ll be able to hit every coffee shop between 86th and 59th on Columbus Ave by the end of the year. (I’ll keep you all updated on that mission).
Another thing I’ve consistently found myself impressed with is how New York manages to slip grandeur into even the most unassuming of moments. Among my collection of favorite “city moments” is whenever you cross one of the major avenues in the city, and as you cross the intersection you look down the avenue and see block after block, building after building, extending away into infinity. And yet every block, every building, and every corner coffee shop has a whole universe tucked away inside of it. It’s that sort of scale, that sort of magic that keeps me coming back out onto the streets to explore every weekend.
So far Central Park has continued to occupy a very special place in my heart when it comes to my favorite spots around the city, as it’s this ever changing landscape reflecting the heart of Manhattan, and will always serve to reflect the overall mood of the city. In the future I’d definitely like to try and get out of Manhattan a bit more, as I’d love to make myself more familiar with the other boroughs. But at the end of the day I will always call the Upper West Side home, as there’s nothing quite as soothing as coming back to my dorm each night and taking in the view.
There is simply something I find to be so comforting about the lights of the city, reminding you of the other 1.6 million souls going about their lives, all of you sharing this one island together in pursuit of your wildest dreams. It is a quiet, but very powerful thought. Alright guys, I feel like I’m starting to get too esoteric for my own good, so I suppose it’s time to end this weeks blog! Keep powering through everyone, and rest easy in knowing that spring is just around the corner!
Juilliard Dance 2020