Modern magic

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There is something electrifying about New York City. No, it’s not the never ending lights of Times Square.

It’s not perfect; not even close. There are hoards of people everywhere, all the time. It can be a struggle to complete a mundane task such as purchasing groceries or traveling from point a to point b. It’s more than twice as expensive as my home in Ind. and while getting dinner it might be an hour wait to be seated.

Everything about the city screams the need for patience and few people have it. The taxi drivers honking horns and the lady yelling at people for getting in her way. With large amounts of people, traffic patience is needed.

People in New York can be rude, but then again people everywhere can be rude. With so many things suggesting the city is a hassle I was trying to figure out what it was I loved about it and I realized it’s the drive, work and motivation of those who live or move there.

People have a dream and need to live their life the way they want to and are willing to struggle to make it happen.

I met a singer/songwriter this weekend who moved from Ohio to New York and told me he was waiting tables at a restaurant while he pursued his dream of music. He was literally running himself ragged to be able to spend a few spare hours writing and singing music.

My cousin, who lives in Manhattan, took a chance and moved to the city with only a nannying job. Five years later she is still happily living in the city and has worked at A&E and is now employed by the Game Show Network.

The city allows opportunity, hope and the pursuit of happiness. It is a place where people are going through similar struggles to make sure they succeed and if they don’t? They work even harder to make sure their dreams are attained.¬†That is modern magic.

St pattys day in midtown

We walked outside on St Pattys Day to see this:

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So we purchased beer

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and went to a party in the east village and were welcomed by Justin Bieber.

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Then we had green cocktails in the same apartment building as actor Justin Long

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and took a cab to our friends stand-up comedy show (she won first place).

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We ate this

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and went to Bourbon Street

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and Le Cheile

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and joined New York City in celebrating the holiday.

New York City Holds Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Travel Tuesday: empire state of mind

I decided to do another Travel Tuesday. This time it’s a New York edition with photos from my recent trips to the NYC.¬†ImageSkyline

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These streets will make you feel brand new.

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These lights will inspire you.

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Last time I was in the city I stumbled upon a J.P. Morgan squash tournament in Grand Central.

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Serendipity has some of the best dessert (and yes, this is the serendipity shown in the John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale movie).

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New Yorkers are serious about brunch.

Cloisters

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I traveled to New York this weekend and it was a good trip. Fast, but good (I was only there for one night).
While I was there I visited the Cloister Museum – which is beautiful. If you’ve never been there, you really should go. The Cloisters, located on the northern part of Manhattan, is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was built in the 1930s resembling European medieval architecture.
I went to see the building based on advice from my cousin, who loves the Cloisters and has a degree in writing and art history. She told me medieval art is not art if it is simply hanging on a wall – it is meant to be studied in it’s original form. So, the buildings were recreated as a whole. To say it was breathtaking is an understatement. Although it was cold, I went outside to the gardens of the museum and could tell they were beautiful.
I don’t pretend to know a lot about art, but I love writing and poetry and can appreciate the creative form. I would suggest people take the time to visit it.

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