In a New York state of mind. — A New York Moment
For the past few weeks I've been plagued with headaches. They've come almost every day starting as early as waking up with one, to as late as getting one after dinner. No over-the-counter headache relievers are helping and the intensity of the pain seems to be getting worse rather than better. I'm pretty sure it's a physical manifestation of my stress and tension so starting today I will try some stress relieving tactics I'm hoping will help. Yesterday I cleaned the apartment and opened all the windows, despite the cold, to try to air the place out a bit. A clean house is always the first step. Tonight I will smudge the apartment and myself, dedicate 30 minutes to some leisurely stretching, go to the gym and do some cardio, come home and take a bath, then round out the evening with a good book and a cup of tea. Of course, that all sounds just lovely but the fact of the matter is that my head is pounding even as I write this so the thought of doing anything more than going home and burying my head into a pillow sounds dreadful. Living is hard.
And in the spirit of things that are positive, and since I usually spend my time bitching about New York instead of praising it, here are some New York things that I love and will miss when we move.
Grand Central Station: I pass through this building on my way to and from work every day and I'm convinced it's the most beautiful building in all of New York. I could stare at its ceiling for hours. The way the natural light streams through the Main Concourse in the morning is breathtaking. The chandeliers are giant and ancient and at night when they're lit I wonder just how many times and how many thousands of people have been lost to their thoughts staring into the wondrous sparkle of the light. The history in this building is palpable. The hustle of commuters is non stop. Grand Central houses one of the most famous meetings places in all of New York, The Clock that sits on top of the information booth in the Main Concourse. Every day hundreds of people stand there waiting for a friend or a lover and if you're patient you can watch them wait, how they constantly scan the crowd for that familiar face, periodically checking the time, and then finally they are united with that someone, greeting them with a smile and a hug or a kiss. Sometimes, if I need a pick-me-up, I walk through the fresh food market and deeply inhale the smells of fresh fish and bread and flowers. I lose hours at a time browsing the various shops in Grand Central, everything from a book store, to the Discovery store, a stationary store, to an old fashioned toy store. It has certainly become one of my favorite locations in all of New York.
The Tree: Outside my bedroom window stands a tree. It's tall and broad and takes up most of the view. At night when I can't sleep I roll over on my stomach and stare through the slates of our headboard and gaze at the tree. At night the tree is bathed in a soft amber glow from the nearby street lamp providing a warm and beautiful gateway to lose my thoughts within. In the summer when the leaves are in full bloom the sound of their rustling in the wind often times lulls me to sleep. Every girl should have a tree. I'll be sorry to leave it behind.
The birds: Long ago I wrote a post about the birds that I feed outside my kitchen window. I will miss the mourning doves most of all. I've watched them grow from infancy and for years now they remind me when the seed is gone by perching outside of the window and just staring into the kitchen until I feed them. I feel bad abandoning their feeding post and only hope that whoever moves in takes advantage of the bird feeder that I will be leaving as a gentle reminder.
Crif Dogs: The only place I've ever found that serves vegetarian hot dog. With avocado! They're open till 4:00AM on the weekend making it the perfect spot to drunkenly stumble to for a midnight snack before heading home and passing out.
Planet Thailand: The absolute best place for a woman who loves thai food, and her husband who loves sushi. It is the common answer to that annoying question, "What's for dinner".
Photoplay: A movie lovers paradise. It makes Blockbuster look like the McDonalds of movie rental stores.
The Subway: For its convenience, 24/7 service, and being a reliable source for getting you to almost anywhere in this city. *Not* for the smells or crowds or very long waits in the middle of the night.
Other things that I will miss: The architecture walking down Madison and Park avenue from Midtown to Union Square. Seeing NYC at night from across the river. Feeling safe amidst chaos. Long walks through the city with my husband. Seeing the people I know and love perform in plays and in bands. Leaving my apartment at 1:00AM and walking to the deli for a snack. The East and West Village. Walking around uptown and watching rich people be rich. The ridiculous number of bars on every block. Playing baseball with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches off the rooftop of a high rise building. And probably a million more things that I'm forgetting.
The worth of ones self can be seen in the path that one makes.
And I'll be missing the best part of New York though I'll still visit the city. It certainly won't be the same. I'll miss the little paws on my forehead in the middle of the night, and making you keep your three drink limit except for the shots of tequila. I'll miss digging through the closet to get my blanket, and eating entire pints of ice cream while watching movies, spending eons playing video games, and always wanting more. New York is about to lose the two most beautiful parts it has.
OG: You've really no more reason to stay on the East Coast. I say save all your cazy money and move out West! By day the three of us can run the comic book shop. By night we'll all bartend your bar. We'll be rich!
I do miss walking around NYC on a day off. Just walking all around with nowhere in particular to go or time to get there. From the lower east side to Union Square. From the west end galleries on 10th to the MET on 83rd. Then across to the east side dog walking park on 86th and York. Way up to the Cloisters and then back down to Chinatown. Across the Williamsburg Br. and back up to Astoria, Queens. I'll need a new pair of shoes now.
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