"There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter - the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in search of something . . . Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion."
E. B. White (1899-1985) Here is New York
This is an excerpt from an essay by E. B. White nearly 60 years ago, but still rings true to this day. If you live in New York you probably recognize it. The MTA has been using it as part of their Train of Thought series since April of 2008. Train of Thought is a "thought-provoking program for subways and busses" feauturing short quotations in history, philosophy, literature, and science chosen by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is an extension of Poetry in Motion.
As far as this particular quote, I would fall into that thrid group, the New York of the person who was born somewhere else but came to New York in search of something. I give New York its passion.
from the subways to the rooftop gardens, from brooklyn to the bronx, from queens to staten island and manhattan, from washington heights to crown heights, from the beaches to the parks, from the faux dive-bars to the real dive bars, the brooklyn museum parties, vegan pizza by the slice, falafel from a cart, bodegas and the cats that live in them, street vendors and the vendy awards, the vegan dosa cart at washington square park, the turtle pond and the shakespeare gardens in central park, fair-trade cafes, the mud truck, the brooklyn brewery, vegan dim sum in chinatown, the transit museum, celebrate booklyn in prospect park, the koi pond at the brooklyn botanical gardens, the coney island museum and the freak bar, the free water taxi to red hook, joyriding the staten island ferry, going to the top of the rock even though i'm scared of heights... i fucking love new york city.