This post was written in June 2012, as I graduated from college and planned to move to NYC. 4 years later, I’ve lived in NYC and moved away from NYC. Everything I dreamt of NYC has come true (surreal!), but some other dreams fell apart and I no longer live in NYC. Still, my feelings have not changed. NYC is still my favorite city in the whole wide world. Here’s a walk down the memory lane… I love my naivete in this post
Why NYC is my Favorite City
I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit several “dream” cities such as Paris, London, Barcelona. I even had the chance to live in some of the top cities in the world including Vienna, Geneva, and San Francisco. However, no place captures my imagination more than New York City.
From the first time I visited the city, 5 years ago, I knew I wanted to live there. I love everything about New York – the chaos, the energy, and even the dirtiness. I like its raw honesty. It’s never fake. It never pretends. NYC tells it like it is.
New York also oddly reminds me of my hometown – Hanoi, Vietnam. Maybe because both cities have a unique quality of vivacious rush combined with the typical polluted urban air, exuding a certain sense of a “beautiful mess.”
New York city is 1/3 European, 1/3 Asian, and at the end of the day, still an American city – exactly like my childhood, growing up equally in these 3 continents. That’s why in New York, everything feels familiar.
Kelly Cutrone’s words “The only dream I ever had was the dream of New York itself “ swirl through my mind every instant. Before I transferred from San Francisco to Davis, the only thing I wanted was to re-visit New York to see if it was truly magical. This time, I felt in love even more with the city. Running in Central Park. Contemplating ‘The Persistence of Memory’ at MoMA. Watching ‘Dreamgirls’ under the Brooklyn Bridge. Eating chicken and rice at 3am. Or just standing still at Times Square. I have never felt more alive. Simple but perfect.
As such, it is a no-brainer for me to decide to move to New York after college. I’m young, optimistic, and still a little naive. I have nothing to lose so it’s now or never. As Steve Martin would say “There is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.”
See you in September.