The ‘big apple’ has various stigmas, believed in by those who have not yet had the captivating experience of living here in the hustle and bustle of what so many of us refer to as an island of paradise. The beauty of New York City is that you will never experience the same day twice – but – each day can be just as amazing as the last. I’ve been a resident for one year. A year that was filled with more excitement, adventure, and unfamiliarity than I could have ever expected. Of course, not everyone shares the same story. However I think we can all agree that in a big city such as this, you are prone to opening yourself up to the wondrous existence of humanity in the most unique way.
Although not always dubbed the cleanest city, this concrete jungle has several nooks filled with green parks, waterfront path ways, architectural landscapes, and more. These are the more obvious signs of respect for nature, personal space, clean air, artistic freedom, you name it. To me, the most unique phase of the green reformation in NYC is a project called MTA: Arts for Transit. Since the wild-n-crazy times of the ‘80’s, where you would never think of stepping foot in the subways alone, the subway tunnels, entrance-ways walls, and platforms have been completely transformed into what are now some of the cleanest metros in the country.
While trekking through these underground stations, I prefer to walk slowly, take in the artistry, and enjoy my surroundings. It’s inevitable for trains to be late, construction underway, and delays on the tracks. During these down moments, I’ve pieced together the overall theme of subway design and have come to recognize its purpose. Bleeker street must be one of the most visual of all the stations, due to the overhead neon lighting fixtures and escalators.
However, you cannot deny the enhanced experience that artwork in the outdoor stations and buildings bring to New York City commuters. I’m impressed, to be quite honest, in the execution and capacity for local artists to construct these installations in the first place.
For those who are naive to the beautiful wonder within the city, I challenge you to let go of your commuting formalities, retire to public transportation, and take a ride or two on the subways of New York City. You’ll be surprised at what you find – even if it’s just a doo-wop band with a cello, or one-man jazz ensemble.
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Every year, on the first on January, there is a global feeling of revitalization Typically, people feel the need to cleanse, start over, be better, make amends. I asked one of my best friends what he thought would be a positive and motivational New Year’s Resolution to live by for 2013, and his answer, as always, moved me enough to share with the world of cyberspace:
I was actually thinking about writing a blog about new years resolutions, but didn’t want to waste my time because the fact is in less than a week people completely lose focus and forget about their goal. people should ALWAYS be pursuing their life goal AKA destiny. You don’t disrespect your destiny by making it a new years resolution. There are 2 master lessons in life, there is the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment Whatever it is you decide to put your life’s work into make sure it brings you fulfillment because at the end of the day that’s all that matters is self fulfillment. – Mike Wojcik