Sunday, May 14, 2006

its up to you...


grand central
Originally uploaded by mwc134.

anyone who is anyone knows me. and they would tell you that my favorite shtetl in the world is by far, the windy apple - aka new jack city. yes, this may be coming off the heals of yet another new york visitation but when isnt it?

i ask you this - is there any place better than new york? we've all been horribly disappointed by the tale of two cities, london (roughly 800 square miles of urbanea) and paris (millions of unemployed jew-hating north africans surrounding a medieval town with a heart of 50-years-german-free gold). but what makes a non-nuclear three-mile-island (also boroughs) filled with gays, jews, and gay-jews the new jerusalem?

no, its surprisingly not zabars - though you'll never get me to admit it - its purly the legend.

even before the dyke-loving dutch surrendered it to the brits without a fight (rolls eyes), disenfrantised people of the world have immigrated in hope of a better life. for hundreds of years, did tens of thousands of people pack their bags and head for a better life in paris? in the small villages of transilvania, the shtetls of lithuania, the back alleys of sevastopol - did people pack their viles of cod liver oil and head for londontown? only if to wait for the staten island ferry.

yes, perhaps my visit to the tenement museum this trip skewed my views... but the important thing to remember is that for our ancestors life sucked in the old world. why else would you move to a place where you are living with 10 other people in a tin-ceilinged and lead-painted wall?

granted today most of new york's immigrants come from significantly less glamorous places... like those box states that dont have names and people sit around eating corn and voting red, but damnit somebody needs to dream, eat overpriced bagels & lox, be freaked out by the puerto rican day parade, and pretend they arent living off a trust fund!

mark my words people, ill be walking to Zabars everyday before you know it...

meanwhile - total shout out to janna, her fabulous roof top party, david blaine - who upstaged his brother like no one else, and alyssa and her upper east side apartment, and naturally Zabars for being the center of the known world.

2 Comments:

At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

new york city really is paradise on earth... it's fine all of the time...

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger The Good Mr. M____ of F____ said...

there's no doubt - check out its chrissy behind...

 

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