“I know what I’m needin’, and I don’t wanna waste more time. I’m in a New York state of mind!" Billy Joel
Hundreds of songs pay tribute to it, movies immortalize it, millions of people from across the world live and work in it. It’s an enigma, a muse, a paramour. It’s New York City.
But you don’t have to be a native New Yorker to be a New Yorker. If you live in New York—you are a New Yorker. For centuries people from all corners of the world have flocked to the city seeking new lives, prosperity, and success, making New York the most populated city in the United States of America with 8.5 million people living together in an area of just 300 square miles.
Being a New Yorker, though, comes with some serious responsibilities. No more sweat pants and hoodies—it’s time to be fashion forward, physically fit, and well read. New Yorkers are competitors whether they’re looking for jobs, homes, tickets to the theater, or a seat on the subway. You’ve got to be smart, savvy, and pushy. But always be amiable, because in New York you never know whom you might be shoving in the street.
But even when you’re schlepping through the subway, you’ll begin to see how incredibly special this city is. With over 800 languages spoken and an amalgamation of international residents, New York is like its own world. Around every corner is a prominent fixture of historical, artistic, or industrial success—from the awesome architecture of Grand Central Station and the new World Trade Center to the symbolic Statue of Liberty to the bright lights of Time Square, New York is filled with inspiring and jaw dropping sites. But what really sets New York apart are the people bustling about creating new kinds of cupcakes, making music on the streets, turning old speakeasies into bars, selling furniture made out of recycled cans, and so much more, all with a personal touch. The excitement of uncovering one of New York’s many hidden gems is truly a feeling to treasure.
The city’s vibrant intellectual culture draws bankers to Wall Street, writers to Brooklyn, advertisers to Madison Avenue and students to its universities because it’s true what Jay Z says: “in New York, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.”