Monday, December 27, 2004

The city that never sleeps

If you are travelling to New York for the first time, expect anything to happen, except boredom. The only emotion that the place does not arouse is indifference. New York has become a city that can be loved or hated but never ignored.

Culturally, New York has more than 150 museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, around 400 art galleries, and more than 240 theaters. Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera are world famous. By the way there is one painting at the museum of May Danzig, the national artist of Belarus who lives in the same porch with me. And I am really proud of it.

The entertainment possibilities in the city that never sleeps are immense: there is a choice of more than 60 clubs, offering everything from jazz to blues, and hundreds of places to dance each night of the week. Hungry? There are more than 17000 different places to eat. Inside this bustle there are quiet places too: Central park is worth visiting and enjoy all its magnificense in the center of the mad city.
New York's greatest drama was played out on September 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed two hijacked jets into the towering World Trade Center. The twin Towers collapsed and nearly 3000 lives were lost.

Added to this there is the social miser: the homeless are just as much a part of the city as its soaring skyscrapers and oversized limousines.
This is the city of myths. New Yorkers do have a reputation for being hurried, even rude, especially at metro. And it's true. Its residents are possesed of a restless energy.

To sum up, New Yorkers have persuaded themselves that living under constant pressure is stimulating. This is what gives them ther edge and makes Manhattan the center of the universe. It also helps to explain why few people choose to live out their declining years in the city.

(sergey_M )

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