jersey city 6/13/2013 07:54:00 PM
“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. Particularly when one can't see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? And then people tell me about pilgrimages to some dank pesthole in a jungle where they go to do homage to a crumbling temple, to a leering stone monster with a pot belly, created by some leprous savage. Is it beauty and genius they want to see? Do they seek a sense of the sublime? Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window - no, I don't feel how small I am - but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body.”
― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
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Unlike Ayn, I am a lover of the wild, but who said New York doesn't have a wild side? and when is the right time to taste the big apple but right now. :)
A little over two months, and I am beginning to realize why who love Jersey love it so much, and when I say this, I strictly mean the old country homes to evenings at the south river pier, the never ending green zones to New Jersey Turnpike, where ultimately all country roads lead to.
Its not difficult for me to ignore the difficulties in running the regular daily life that one could face initially and those I did myself while in my first month settling down here in the Jersey Shore and only soak away the wilderness specially that of monmouth county, ( which by the way is looking exceedingly gorgeous as the summer is growing into it, Though I must say I am missing the tiny glimpse of spring and weeping willows that went by like a breeze ) But I have moved.
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In all this time, I have come to a better understanding of Jersey and certainly eased out, but there is one thing I still hold on to, and that is, Its all about New York here. and as new as I am here, I am not left unaffected by the place. as much as I always wanted to, I can now get to my roof top and see the lady Liberty that overwhelms everyone with her stately toga-clad physique anytime. Yup, I am this close and personal. and I couldn't be much happier.
You guessed it right, I am now living in a studio apartment across hudson river in Jersey City downtown, and while Its not that I get to my roof-top and say hi to Miss Liberty anytime, or walk in the street of Manhattan every day, what I am enjoying the most is, this very chick setting of eventful, historic neighborhood with population as diverse as it could be and where Art is really flourishing.
I am a slow traveler. i.e. you'll not see me hopping countries every month, though I might do that at some point of time, but for now, I have made Jersey City, my new home. and I am very excited to discover all the secrets and perks, the festivals, and celebrations, the old paved street, and the quaint around hoods of one of the craziest place on earth.
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As Peter Shaffer has said, “If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.” Well, I have my fingers all set to feel the texture and splash some bright colors in this grand fine american painting. and when I say color, not to forget, I am eagerly awaiting the season of the magnificent colors, yes the fall foliage and the harvest season. how more close I could get to my biggest wish of the year than being right in the middle of all action. :)
So You and me both, can look forward to a lot of things I know not of New York & New Jersey in near future. The east coast and life here has just got a bit better and who knows I might end up giving me the permission to explore more creative possibilities, the one I always craved for. It’s never too early to start planning right!
welcome to my new neighborhood and wish me luck, I am so waiting to get my hands dirty :)