A view from New York Harbor of the Manhattan skyline with the new World Trade Center near completion.
One World Trade Center (nicknamed Freedom Tower) will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world. Its spire will reach 1,776 feet in reference to the year of American independence.
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A City of Superlatives
Ah, New York City, a city of extremes – the noisiest, dirtiest, busiest, grandest, coolest. The list is endless. Somehow, NYC encompasses the best and worst of everything imaginable, all at the same time.
I’ve lived here almost all my life, and at this stage it’s a love-hate relationship between myself and the Big Apple (to this day I have no idea from where that moniker arose). Sometimes I am so amazed at the power of this great city – it’s influence on the world in terms of politics, the media, fashion, food, social behavior, the arts, just about everything, really.
Museums, restaurants, film, theater, music, dance all rank at the top of the charts. Want to take a class in acrobatics or glass-blowing? It’s out there. Need a carton of milk at 4am? No problem. Nowhere else on this planet can you find everything and anything your heart desires at virtually any time of the day.
Yet nowhere does the utter chaos so fully become ingrained in your soul. The constant clamor, hectic pace, ubiquitous steel and concrete, light-blocking skyscrapers, all take their toll on the psyche. Just when you think you’ve reached breaking point, you have to leave. And that’s what I do. I get away, far away from all the madness.
But after a while, sometimes a long while, it’s time to return. Because the simple fact is there’s no other place that compares. My city, New York City, although it can feel like the biggest hellhole at times, is also the best place in the world.