New York is the greatest city in the world for a different reason than you'd think. Last night we walked in Chelsea, passing restaurants filled to capacity, shops open selling everything from neon-colored wigs to designer shoes, all open, and people in animated conversation everywhere you look.
Sure, we all know that, it's the city that never sleeps.
What is new to me, what keeps drawing me back to this great city, is its warmth. People are friendly. Total strangers are genuinely warm, funny, and much of the time, smart as hell. A random exchange on the subway turns into an enlightened conversation.
We stopped at a Bar and Grill off Perry St and Greenwich Ave and sat outside where it was balmy and perfect. Our waiter was Irish, engaging and very funny. We could have been long-time residents or tourists who just stepped out of a cab. It didn't matter to anyone where we came from.
That's New York City. The rush of people who all want to engage, who crave connection with art, theater, dance, music, history, and intellectual stimulation create a collective buzz that is seductive and exciting. And everyone's invited.