In NYC this week for work. The frosty mix of weather this morning reminded one of the reasons why I love this place so much. It can’t be stopped, only slowed. Despite gobs of snow and sleet heavily falling, the city soldiers on.
At first I admired how workgoers still packed the streets despite the harsh conditions. It might be a bad winter storm, but not enough to halt daily life.
Then I saw that stores were still getting their regular supply deliveries. Life as usual.
Before noon the massive shoveling and salting operations started everywhere! The city was not just persevering but striking back to improve it’s state.
Then, gasp, I saw the ultimate sign of New York. Construction. A few blocks off of Times Square, new construction was underway with the workers ignoring the massive snow coming down on their hard hats. Amazing. The city was building for tomorrow, even while today sucked. I thought it perfectly captured all that I love about this place.
It reminded me of NYC right after 9/11. My college roommate and I came into the city to volunteer on 9/13. The streets were deserted. But as we neared one of the FEMA sites near the convention center, it was absolutely jammed. New Yorkers were out in full force: Young to old, construction networks next to investment bankers, all there to do whatever they could. NYC has heart. And it’s the heart of a champion. It always moves forward.
3/1/13 – I remember this day. I haven’t spent a lot of time in NY in the past few years, but I still love the city. Reading this brought a smile to my face.