I love that Natasha and I can see the sign for Radio City Music Hall from our front stoop ... that Times Square is just around the corner, but you don't know it's there unless you walk to Broadway ... that within a three-block radius of our front door there are Afghan, American, Caribbean, Chinese, Cuban, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Thai restaurants (and Restaurant Row is just a few blocks away) ... that we're within a short distance of a post office, grocery stores, drug stores, salons, barber shops and cleaners (although we discovered that we do have a washer and dryer in the basement) ... that I am a 15-minute walk from work, which takes me east through the Theater District, passed Rockefeller Center, south through the Diamond District and ends at Bryant Park.
There are already things I miss about Harlem, but the landscape and the dynamic of the city have transformed since I moved to Hell’s Kitchen. I no longer spend the majority of my personal and professional commutes below ground. It’s a new Manhattan that I will get to know all over again, and I love that just by moving a few miles to another neighborhood, you can meet an entirely different New York.
"Things I Love" Thursdays are inspired by "I Love New York" (BNY, February 14, 2007).