There are days that New York City simply takes my breath away. Fortunately, for me, April 1st was one of those days for me. I find it somewhat ironic that it happened actually, considering how my Facebook newsfeed has been inundated with numerous articles about leaving New York, or falling out of love with New York, or wondering if New York is the place for you. Speaking solely for myself when I say this, I have never seriously questioned my being here, nor have I felt that the city itself was working against me. When you start thinking about the numerous songs, poems, great works of literature and art that try to encapsulate all that New York is, how can you possibly question your presence in it?
It may sound extremely cheesy, but yesterday as I walking along Park Avenue South towards Grand Central, the feeling of gratitude swept over me. It’s been a while since I’ve walked in Midtown at sunset: the hustle and bustle of taxis, cars, buses and people making their way home after a long day in their offices. But looking north on that avenue I was able to see the Chrysler Building to my right bathed in a purple glow, and Grand Central’s green-copper roof stretching to the sky, beckoning travelers to it. The Met Life Building standing strong, casting its sights downtown towards Union Square and beyond. And then traipsing through Times Square, as the sun continued its descent, even tourists and theater-goers couldn’t affect my attitude as I looked North to the purple, orange and red skies, and then South, to the twilight that settled on the Island downtown.
Walking to the St. James theatre, I could not help but think of the immediate future. All of the events, moments, and people waiting for me to experience, remember and meet made me giddy for the month ahead! I hope that April 1st was a bright moment for you as it was for me. Spring brings with it such joy and promises for beginnings, prosperity and life. May you experience all of that and more this month and this season, because I certainly plan too!!