10 Reasons Why I Love New York City

10 Reasons Why I Love New York City

Some of the reasons why NYC is the best.
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I'm very particular when it comes to what kind of places I like. Though I grew up in a small town, I've never been a fan of suburban areas as I've always found the lifestyle boring, and the people closed-minded and old-fashioned. Instead, I've always loved big cities, and New York City is no exception. As a matter of fact, ever since the first time I've stepped foot into the Big Apple, I've been absolutely in love with it. There are a million reasons why I'm so taken with this city, but here are my top 10.

1. It's full of life.

It's no coincidence they call New York the city that never sleeps. No matter the time of day (or night), Manhattan is always populated and there is always something to do. It is impossible to feel bored in a city that is in constant movement and always filled with people.

2. It's safe.

People who haven't been to the city have the huge misconception of New York being unsafe and having a high crime rate. That is very untrue. It obviously depends on the neighborhood, but generally speaking the city is safe thanks to the high number of people and the security that doesn't fail to do its job.

3. There is so much to do.

As I said before, it is impossible to feel bored in NYC. No matter how many times I've been there, there are still things I haven't seen or done. From museums, to landmarks, to shows and even cafes, it is impossible to complain.

4. It is easy to navigate.

There is no doubt that New York is enormous to say the least, yet it is very easy to get from one place to another. Whether that means using the subway, bus or any type of public transportation, the grid plan of the city makes it very hard to get lost. Walking or taking a city bike is also a great way to move while enjoying the surroundings. Needless to say, a car is highly unnecessary.

5. It is an international city.

Though it is an American city, New York is very international. There you find people from all over the world, and I'm not just talking about tourists. There is no need to go to Chinatown or Little Italy to feel in another country. From multicultural restaurants, to European looking neighborhoods, the city truly is a melting pot.

6. Anyone can fit right in.

Because there are so many people in New York, being or feeling weird is really not an option. Or rather, it is not a possibility. You can be anything and anyone, and be sure that no one will judge.

7. It is the center of performing arts.

As a dancer, NYC is the place to be. Home to Broadway, numerous dance companies and a few TV networks, it's not hard to understand why the ultimate dream is to move there. There's so much potential for growth and learning as an artist. Being in that environment is inspiring and magical.

8. There's a lot of entertainment.

This goes hand in hand with the previous reason. Not only is the city overflowing with artists and performers, but it is filled with entertainment. What’s amazing is that you don’t necessarily need to pay money to be entertained because just walking down the street you’ll find street artists, musicians, dancers and so on.

9. There are beautiful parks.

Another spectacular aspect of this city is that it is very easy to escape the hectic city life simply by going to one of the many parks. Central Park is obviously the most famous one, but there are several more where you can walk, run, ride a bike or simply relax and breathe in some clean air.

10. Its stunning skyline.

This picture says it all.

To be fair there are also things in New York that aren't so great, but the fact remains that in my eyes it is the greatest city in the world.

Cover Image Credit: Vanessa Raffaele

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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