Straight to the point, I have three favorite US cities in mind to talk about today. It’s quite possible that I may spend more time on this in a later post, but let’s see first if that happens. As mentioned before, while we’re trying to get some form of structure going, we tend to be too spontaneous on the best of days. So, whatever happens happens, and whatever we feel like talking about gets posted within minutes. The short conversation I’m about to have with you about this subject will be a mixed bag.
For one thing, I grew up and spent most of my life in the first city, New York. It’s the city that never sleeps and, believe me when I tell you, the saying is quite true. I can vouch for this because I’m still living here. Things now having become a bit costly, I’m now relocating from Manhattan back to where it all started. And I’m quite excited about moving back to Brooklyn where I spent most of my years growing up. This move is not yet cast in stone. There’s also the possibility that I’ll be making a trek to New Jersey.
The second city is where I spent some of my years studying. I was furthering my studies in the creative arts at one of Boston’s universities. And, no, it wasn’t Harvard. Anyway, I had one opportunity in life to take a plane trip across the country all the way to sunny California. Having chosen the city for aesthetic, emotional and cultural reasons, I’m glad I decided to enjoy my short stay in California in San Francisco rather than LA. San Francisco has in its favor lots of old world charm which is something that pleases me a lot.
On a cultural level, this may be a case of stating the obvious. San Francisco is famous the world over for one sub-culture. But my locus embraces a variety of cosmopolitan and multi-cultural vibes which are in abundance here. Many of the folks that I encountered here have as strong an interest in the liberal arts as I do. I also enjoyed the city’s landscape. I crossed the famous bridge and went over to the famous prison island. I even saw some of the earth’s fault lines out in the country.
Back to Brooklyn and New York. Where I grew up you could see the famous Brooklyn Bridge. And where I’m busy packing boxes, getting ready to move on, you have a magnificent view of Central Park. Whichever suburb you stay in, makes no difference. You are close to everything that interests you. As a tourist, you will want to take in some of the city’s iconic sites, such as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. I’ve made several ritualistic trips down there and as a local I would strongly recommend that you stop by the memorial site also known as Ground Zero.
I can’t say too much about Boston at this stage because time is running out on us again. But if you have an interest in culture, politics and the arts, you will feel at home mixing with the progressive locals who frequent the many coffee shops and side-walk bistros.