No shrinking violet, New York is in your face, it's romantic, sublime, magical, a powerhouse with a pulse all its own. It is unquestionably a place with many faces. Writers have waxed poetic about it. Lyricists, inspired by it, have kept us singing along with the likes of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," or George M. Cohan's "only 45 minutes from Broadway," or "New York, New York, it's a wonderful town . . .." And if we listen carefully, we can still hear Frank Sinatra singing "start spreading the news, I'm leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York. New York."
Movies have been made about it, going back long before the 1933 "King Kong," when viewers watched the beleagered ape beating his chest atop the Empire State Building, Fay Wray flailing in his mighty hand. We were told that "greed is good" in Oliver Stone's 1987 morality tale, "Wall Street." There were so many others, "Goodfellas," "42nd Street," "The Out of Towners," "Breakfast At Tiffany's," and so many Woody Allen movies.
New York is home to the United Nations, Central Park, and the Broadway theater district. Though it might be argued today, it has also been the financial capital of the world. But New York City, aka Manhattan, is only one small part of the State of New York. New York is the Adirondack and the Catskill mountains, it's Niagra Falls and the world class beaches on Long Island. It's the Hamptons, and the wineries of Suffolk County's north fork. It's the mansions on the Gold Coast of Long Island's north shore, rich in history and recognizable far beyond our shores, committed to celluloid in movies like Sabrina and Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest.
Always well known for its presence in the sports arena, New York is home to The Yankees, the Mets, the Knicks, the Nets, the Jets and the Rangers, among others. And though it has been many years, in my youth it was also home to the (then) Brooklyn Dodgers.
Tourism is a major factor in New York's economy, with tens of millions of people descending on it in any given year and experiencing all those things we natives take for granted. There is so much to love about New York, and I do, but for me, the thing I treasure the most is the people who make it special. I've been blessed to live here and share it with those I love.