In 2007 my parents took my brother and me to New York City in the States for a week.It was during the Eastern Holidays and the city was just making the switch from winter to spring.
As we watch a lot of American movies and television series in Belgium, there were other, more general things we saw all around us that often made us go: “That’s just like on tv! One example were the (to us) typical fire escape stairs: To get away from all the noise, we decided to talk a walk in what must be one of the world’s most famous parks: Central Park.
The image from Central Park I’d gotten from television was that of a place filled with in-line skaters and squirrels.
Having a cupcake (or two, three, four…) from the Magnolia Bakery is one of them, taking dance classes at the Broadway Dance Center is another. I mean, look at these amazing photos of New York City Greg Goodman took!
And although I can’t keep up with how fast my travel bucket list grows, New York is a place I will have to get back to someday.
This is an excerpt from White's piece on New York first published in 1948. It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements.
Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion.
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In the first paragraph, drawn from the opening of "Here Is New York," E. White approaches the city through a simple pattern of classification.
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