Stay a tourist forever

3 Aug

This is one of the best pieces of advice I can give you.

Being jaded is not a requirement once you move here. Neither is being unaffected or cynical or callous. I don’t care what some natives say — most of the natives aren’t like this either! It’s just not very much fun, eh?

Never, ever stop looking up!

Never, ever stop looking up!

The other day, I was on the bus to work next to an elderly couple. After some eavesdropping, I deduced they had lived in the neighborhood once, many years ago. The wife was making an observation about every little thing she could while riding up Third Avenue. “Oh, look at those chairs, dear. Look at the policemen. Oh, and there’s a police car. I wonder if there was a problem.”

“I doubt it very much,” her husband said curtly. (You could tell this was the kind of interaction they’d been having for years.)

Anyway, it was only a moment of my entire day, but that old lady’s wonder reminded me of my favorite things to do in the city: to watch it go by. There’s so much to smile at, so many places to notice for the first time, or for 100th time in a different way.

On that note, I hereby proclaim it’s TOTALLY OK to think the following very cool things are, in fact, very cool:

• Seeing a celebrity on the street. It kinda goes like this (in a space of 1.5 seconds): “Woah, that guy kinda looks like X. Oh wow, that REALLY looks like X. Geez, that could totally be X. OMG, it IS X! Woah, he is way shorter in person.”

• Getting asked for directions. I still remember my first time. I felt like such a badass! I just hope that girl has forgiven me for making her late to her job interview. Turns out Metro North does not depart from Penn Station. I didn’t know that.

• Stopping to stare at the Chrysler Building. It’s gorgeous. (Also see: Never, ever stop looking up!)

Sporting an I Heart NY logo, anywhere on your person you’d like.

• Writing your return address on envelopes. “New York, NY” is the best part, of course.

• Being really nice, even appreciative, to tourists. They’re here for the same reason you are — because this city. is. awesome.

Never before have I lived in a city where, with all the issues and whatnot going on in my friends’ lives at any given time, we’ll often sit around and talk about how much we simply love living here. I hope that never leaves us.

Go forth, new and old New Yorkers alike, and speak of thy love for thy city.


3 Responses to “Stay a tourist forever”

  1. Kary 08/03 at 2:04 pm #

    You know I agree with you wholeheartedly here…I hope I never stop appreciating that NYC has the best skyline in the world. But let’s allow a gentle reminder that, while you should never stop looking up, you should also never stop in the middle of the sidewalk in order to look up.


  2. Qi 08/04 at 8:49 am #

    Hi Sarah,

    I whole heartedly agreed with your post. We really should take the time to enjoy our surroundings and be in the moment. Instead of looking to buy the latest iPhone, take a minute and enjoy the scenery around the Apple Store 😉

    What you mention is actually one of the focal points of my blog at FrugalNYC. I’ve lived here most of my life, and like many New Yorkers, am usually short on time to check out NYC. I hope to change that for all New Yorkers, and hopefully make those who have not discovered NYC’s hidden gems, discover them.

  3. LisaNewton 08/04 at 11:33 pm #

    I’ve fallen in love with my city, and love traveling like a tourist as often as I can.

    Plus, carrying a camera around helps. 🙂

    Great post!!

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