New York State Of Mind
24 March 2011
There is no doubt in my mind, that I will end up living in New York at some point in my life. The question is really “when”, not “if”.
Why? It’s not an unreasonable question. Especially not towards somebody who now lives in Berlin and enjoys his life here, in the center of a city that is for many – but especially for those who are not living here – the epicenter of cool these days.
It’s not an easy question to answer for me. There is a variety of aspects. I have family there, but than again my parents and my brother are in Germany and they don’t have any plans to tag along to New York.
The most important reason would be: the spirit of the city. New York is many, many things, but most importantly it’s the capital of possibilities. On my way back from New Orleans to Germany, I had a stopover in New York which was fortunately long enough so that I had the time to spend it with friends hanging out in Brooklyn. And while we’ve been sitting in the River Park, glancing over to Manhattan, it all came pouring into me: this is indeed the place where dreams come true.
Now, you could (and should) argue that I’m probably only behaving like a little boy who has a crush on a girl. Partially, this might even be true. And while I don’t like where the US is heading right now, you have to know – as every true New Yorker will tell you: New York is not the USA.
There is no city in the world, that has the grace, the compassion and the attitude to allow over 200 different languages to be spoken in its borders. New York is the place where people arrived to start something new and they still do it. Every day. It’s hard to catch it with words and it took me many, many trips to the Big Apple to realize the fact, that it’s not only the bars, the restaurants, the architecture that is so appealing to me. It is this sense of endless possibility that is so striking and invigorating.
I could go on and on about New York about all the places you should visit and about how undecided I am, if I would rather live in the Lower East Side, in Williamsburg or maybe Green Point. But that’s really not what this is about.
(On another note: If you’re not convinced, try going to New York and just let the city breath into you. Don’t close down, don’t go too much uptown, don’t go to the museums. Just try to experience the city. Just walk. For a long, long time. And while at it, try listening to Nas. Especially to New York State Of Mind.)