For starters, it is full of talent and intelligence (or people with such traits). There are so many cultural offerings that it is never boring. Museums, museums, museums. One can live here and make a small comfortable world within the large city and neighborhoods are easy to define as one's own. It is very navigable above ground. The itty bitty dogs think they are people and try to make eye contact with people. Central Park is the big pearl of the place, the pulsing heart that gives life and real ground to a concrete city. The big ideas, especially the one of the Mayor to plant a million trees here.
Then the living is easy and the doctors are great and elders can easily get out and about and around. The restaurants are divine and I've barely touched the surface but I have my favorites on Madison I love and others that I just want to return to time and time again. I've forgotten how to cook with all of the options for food delivery and deli food to pick up. I love shopping in little spurts and the amount of walking you do in a regular day and the 92nd Street Y with all of its offerings.
I enjoy the areas in SoHo and around Union Square and some of the little restaurants in that area. It is a part of the city where I love to ramble. The graphic design and visual art talent that simmers all the time and breaks out in splashes is about as robust as the big ideas that bubble all the time.
The plays,the shows (Wicked and The Drowsy Chaperone - top favorites), the opera, the music and Carnegie Hall, the architecture like Gehry's new building and living in itty bitty spaces. The galleries and the little nooks and crannies and little shops. For one who loves to dress in uniform, the black pants, shoes and coats were easy to adopt. I love not seeing fast food restaurants everywhere or big mega stores. And I like, especially, the way that people are direct and to-the-point. It is not abrupt and people are friendly here, just as I've found them to be everywhere I've lived. It is a full of people that look at everything with a wide-angle lense. It is a gumbo city of a lot of people from everywhere else with a few spicy locals that keep the flavor.
The purse thing that I observed from the sidelines...those who buy on Canal Street from the venders tucked away selling knock-offs or black-market goods to the ladies who lunch at places so they can show off their new bags that cost zillions and they tip hefty sums to clerks who call them when the latest bags come in. If I stayed a little longer I might have given in. You know this is the purse fashion capital of the world and designs that make it here then go to be sold everywhere else. I guess in other places people can mark status with cars or homes but here those elements that flash discrimination or money aren't as easily discernible so purses become the accoutrement tattoo. And Park Avenue. I love Park Avenue.
Well, I could go on and on.