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I Love New York
									It's a city of 24/7 entertainment 
									and you never have to spend a di
I Love New York
It's a city of 24/7 entertainment
and you never have to spend a dime.
(if you don't want)
 
Everybody loves New York. There are T-shirts that proclaim it . . . tote bags, coffee mugs, and key chains that shout it. There are buttons and pens and baseball caps, baby rompers and baby booties . . . all with the New York logo advertising love of New York City. What's not to love about New York? It's alive. It's a city that never sleeps and it's in my backyard.

 
Hydrangeas 
									on
									77th Street
									near 
									Central Park
Hydrangeas
on
77th Street
near
Central Park
 
 
I never tire of walking the city streets, well, that's not entirely true, my feet would probably complain if they could, but you know what I mean. I could walk there all day and never be bored. In fact, I once walked seven miles, without realizing it – just wandering around the city. There is always something to see. The sights of New York City are many . . . the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the Staten Island Ferry, Grand Central Station, Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Central Park, Broadway, museums, cathedrals, churches, and parks . . . the list goes on and on and on . . .. But, what I find most fascinating is just ordinary people watching. When you REALLY think about it, it is so amazing that there are no two people exactly alike and if you take the time to watch, people do the darndest things. Then, it’s really fun, too, when during the summer months, you stumble onto street festivals, like . . . the Greenwich Village Festival or the Lexington Avenue Summer Fest, the Times Square Block Party, or the Washington Square Summer Fair. There are so many! I also love when I happen upon street performers . . . congo players, break dancers, or rap singers, mimes or guitarists. There are even didgeridoo players. There are many talented folk in New York City.

One day on my many wanderings - actually I was wandering away from St. Luke’s Hospital, where I had just visited my friend, Paula Danziger, who was very ill - I was very distracted, but, when I reached the steps of the Cathedral of St John the Divine, my attention was riveted to a very unique dance team. Their stage was the outdoor steps of the cathedral. About fifty young people rolled down the steps . . . like water in a beautiful choreographed ballet. It was amazing and yet it is near impossible to convey its beauty with words. You’re just going to have to trust me on this one.

The flowers in New York City are beautiful, too. You probably wonder where they grow between all the concrete and steel, but grow they do – in front of brownstones, on terrace roofs, and in flower boxes, hanging outside apartment windows. Even the subways, deep underground, offer beauty – beauty of music and beauty of art. So, if you are ever in New York City, look around and you will see beauty and you will know why everybody loves New York. I know – I do!
 

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