Ok, ok, I’m not in New York but tonight I wish I was. Today is my friend Karen’s birthday, and I’m not there to help her celebrate. Insert sad face here. Plus I just really miss all the sights, sounds, smells, and people of New York City. I never knew how much I would love the city before we moved up to NJ. I had always fantasized about what it would be like, but it far surpassed my expectations. I’ve been a lot of places, but I definitely left a chunk of my heart on that island. It is a big concrete jungle where dreams are made of, but it’s also a place where you can be thankful you have seen, even after you leave.
What a beautiful city
I have driven to New York, flown to New York, and even taken a water taxi to New York. Even though I’ve traveled there by road I definitely didn’t make the road, but Make the Road New York has paved the way to justice for many New Yorkers. Back in 2007 MTRNY was created when Make the Road by Walking and the Latin American Integration Center, two of New York City’s most innovative and effective grassroots organizations. MTRNY calls Bushwick, Brooklyn home and they strive to help New York’s low-income and immigrant majorities. Built from the ground up they have served countless residents of Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. They use community organization, leadership development, adult education, youth development, and legal and support services to promote equity, opportunity, and economic justice for all. New York also does really care about its people from the city to upstate. New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against the pressing social issues NYC was facing back in the late 1980’s. NYC is the city’s largest volunteer organization, and their volunteers share the vision created back in 1987 that we all have to chip in to make the city a better place. They run volunteer programs for 1,200 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools. Over 53,000 people volunteer each year to help over 400,00 New Yorkers, because they know the work they do with NYC really matters. God, I miss the city.
Make the Road New York Donation
New York Cares Donation
So here’s to you New York! You have kept my friends hostage from me for way too long now. Of course, you were also the place where I met them, so I guess I forgive you. If you can make it where you are, you can definitely make it anywhere. Thank you for showing me how to live and love life in the fast lane.