October 31st 2012
What It Takes To Be A New Yorker
Now, what would you think are the must-haves of being a New Yorker?
Some might say you have to be born here, or have lived 10 years, or 5. Depends how long does the one you ask reside here.
You must be successful, smart, and beautiful. With an “attitude”. Ambitious.
Even if you think pulling your strings and paying an over-over-priced rent in Manhattan, working non-stop, wearing labels, driving cabs, surviving overcrowded subways, eating solely the food you have never prepared, being on the cell phone 24/7 (and the list goes on) will get you there – you are mistaken, my friend.
What it really takes, goes far beyond all the materialistic thoughts and habits.
I cannot blame the outsiders. Being blinded by all the shiny lights plus impressed by the furious traffic, you might think once you adapt to it, you become one with the City.
Yet, emergency situations and the way of dealing with them do really shine on the insights of New Yorkers’ life.
Sandy’s aftermath does show it better than any guidebooks or stories you have ever heard.
Communities do pull together. People helping others who were hit stronger than them – “We are left with no power, water, nor gas…but we are happy we are alive. We are heading outside to help those, who lost everything”. Free bus rides. Neighbors bringing food and water to those who have ignored the early warnings. Pretty empty stores open to treat youngsters some free candy “because it’s Halloween”. NYPD and FDNY officers working 48+ hours non-stop to help those suffering. Mayor Bloomberg’s message sums it up: “We will pull together and work hard to bring our beloved City to its feet”.
And then the famous phrase “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” gets a totally different sense.
That IS what it takes to be a New Yorker. Be born here or live here for a month, if you have developed the empathy and love to those around you, then, honey, you are home.
To all those speculating about Us being ignorant, well.. Try to understand, and if that doesn’t work – ignore us back. People running you over on the streets – they rush to do their jobs. Someone cursing you out of being too slow – this City runs on high speed, hun. That’s why it is called the financial, economic, “you name it” Center of the World. And still, they will stop to give you the directions and answer the famous question of “Where is the ball that drops on New Year’s Eve?”
So, before exercising your great sense of sarcasm about the situation, just try to walk in New Yorker’s shoes. And yes, those might be some pumped up high heels.
Live 2 Love NY, kids. Live to love it.
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