Scalzi's Weekend Assignment this week asks us to talk about New York: New York -- America's largest and most important city. What are your thoughts about it? We're not all from New York, of course, but the city looms large in our collective consciousness. It's that whole "if you can make it there" thing. So share some of your thoughts about New York, whether it's an opinion about the city, a memory of a visit there, a screed on why you hate it and everything it stands for (if you're a Red Sox fan) -- anything, as long as New York, New York is the subject.
I have been to New York City probably about 10 times in my life. Twice were for high school journalism events at Columbia. I've seen 5 Broadway musicals, plus the Radio City Christmas Show. I went to the Museum of Natural History for an afternoon with an ex and his family. I even braved a train ride from South Jersey to Long Island with a stop at Grand Central all by myself when I was 18.
Hands-down, my two favorite things about NYC are Broadway and Central Park. Oh, and food - from pizza to bagels to Chinese, you just can't beat New York. I also think it's worth mentioning that at no point in any visit did I ever feel unsafe (except in the car with Evan's dad driving... that was pretty terrifying). And I think that's saying something for either a) my touristy rose-colored glasses, or b) the spirit of the city. Even in the subway, which smelled like pee, I didn't fear for my life.
And though I haven't returned to the city since '99, I plan to go back some day. How could I not? It's like the greatest city ever!!!
Extra Credit: New York Yankees: Love em or hate em? Completely indifferent. The Giants, however, have been on my poo-list ever since 7th grade when my English teacher had a huge Giants banner hanging over one wall of the classroom.