I've been living in New York for a month and change. Everything at the apartment is pretty much settled, the initial shock of "shit, I live in New York City" has let up, and a feeling of normalcy is returning.
Now I'm at a point where life feels pretty stable and normal again, but I still don't really feel like I know this place! I don't quite feel connected.
So, what I've decided I need to do is get around and just see New York City. Get to know it a little better.
See, what I think I'm missing is something I've taken for granted living in one place my entire life: A sense of place, an orientation. I don't want to see the city through Google Maps all the time, I want to know where I am. I want to gather the sights and information necessary for me to be able to step back and see everything in my mind. And that can only come with time and experience.
Today, I had my first date with New York City. I picked a place, got on the train, and just went. No specific destination, no specific Thing to do or see, just: The City. And so I found myself in the rather obviously named "Two Bridges" area.
I wanted a place with a view, and I figured I'd get one from the river.
I was not wrong.
The waterfront was shady and cool, which was more than welcome today. Plenty of folks out walking, running, biking, and even fishing, but it was by no means crowded.
All I can really say is that the day was a resounding success. I didn't set out to do anything; there was no immediate goal. I just wanted to go to a place I could see shit, take some photos, shoot some video, and head back home with this bundle of experiences.
I love this. I'm glad I did exactly what I wanted to do (nothing). And this is how I'm going to get to know this city.