Like clay, New York City has molded me into the man I
am now. It is the place of my birth and, over time, it
has become the core of my life, like a nucleus to an atom.
It has edified my knowledge about the world, served as
a haven and taught me how to live in our modern unruly
society. I adore each and every miniscule part of it from
opulent Manhattan, to ethnic Brooklyn. Each aspect of
New York City contributes something and serves as a piece
of a puzzle forming “The Big Apple.”
York City is filled with important landmarks and florid
artistry, such as the world-renowned Empire State Building
and the Museum of Modern Art. These places have not only
given me insight into life but by witnessing all the astounding
arts and music, I have obtained a fondness for fine artwork.
This has lead me to become a musician and an arts and
Another thing the city has taught me is how to be determined
and passionate. This aspect is demonstrated by the ardent
fans of the New York teams and it really represents the
effervescence of the city. It is especially seen in the
Yankees -- the most prestigious, well-known sports team
in the world --blessed with many achievements and revered
legends, such as Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. Living in
New York, I am able to take a train and watch a game in
the celebrated “House that Ruth Built”, enabling
me to become a part of history, acquiring a feeling of
unity and buoyancy.
This city has also made me a universal person because
traveling around New York City is like going to different
countries. I have gone to Chinatown, and it’s like
a little Hong Kong. I also went to Brighton Beach where
you feel like you are traveled to Odessa. As a child in
New York City I have been exposed to people of many different
heritages as well. I have friends from all sorts of different
countries, from China to South Africa, and continue to
follow my Jewish culture without being disparaged.
Not only is New York City the center of all economic business,
with a stock market that fuels America’s economy,
but it is also vibrant and free. Living in the City, I
am able to live a liberal life, follow my own choices
and go from rags to riches. In India, for example, one
is set in a caste system at birth. In my life I have changed
what I desired to do many times—from being a celebrity
musician to an affluent banker. This is possible in a
City that is the ideal place to seek the American Dream.
A child that lives in a rural area is not able to experience
the same things as a child in New York City can. They
can only dream of going to vibrant Time Square -- brilliant
with different kinds of fluorescent lights that dazzle
your eyes in amazement. These people are not able to indulge
in a wide spectrum of savory food with the convenience
that New York City brings. Many people who live in small
towns spend their entire life in one place. I have traveled
to three “towns” in one day using the subway.
In suburban America, one is most likely not able to walk
to their desired destination. I either walk or travel
on a speeding train that glides across the rails beneath
the City. Not to mention the buses on every corner.
Living in the city has changed me as a person. Not only
have I been exposed to many cultures, and open to other
beliefs but I have become very independent. I also noticed
the true significance of the City after 9/11. Since the
World Trade Center is not too far from my home, the incident
really affected me. I was able to not only fathom how
serious the occurrence was, but also how pivotal the City
is and learned not to take it for granted. After observing
this devastating occurrence, I realized how a City could
be gone from the world just from one ghastly blow.
Most of all, living in the City has taught me how to take
care of myself. Since everything here is so busy, children
are forced to do a lot of things for themselves—including
travel, taking care of money, and learning to be wary
and street smart. This is advantageous for my future as
it provides an introduction to going to college, where
I will be forced to take care of myself.
And thanks to New York City, I can.