In his book Here is New York, E.B. White said "There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter, the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion."
I am the third, a settler of New York. I was born in New Hampshire and lived there until I was 13 years old. My family then moved to Texas where I spent my high school years. I finally made it to New York in 2002 when I began school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, 75 miles upriver. After graduating in 2006 I traveled around the world but decided where I really wanted to be was New York City. I have lived in NYC ever since and am now married to a fellow New England-New Yorker. We are even among the lucky few who own our own house in the city. We live in Woodside, Queens, in the center of one of the most diverse places on Earth. Our community is filled with neighbors from near and far: from Colombia and Ecuador, Mexico and Puerto Rico, from India, Tibet, and Bangladesh, from Ireland and the Balkans, from The Philippines and China, and many more from right in Queens. I have a passion for New York's history and its people. I am fascinated by the forgotten history of a city whose impact on the nation has been immense but whose past is lost in the glow of the bright lights of Broadway. I am endlessly amazed by the seamless mingling of peoples, cultures, backgrounds, incomes, creeds, styles, faiths, and worlds that make up each car of every subway. I wonder at a city where the sleekest, cutting-edge modernity can exist side-by-side with unaltered shops and timeless traditions. So let's hit the streets, get underground and see the Real New York. Welcome to the Big Apple.