New York, New York

Statue Liberty and New York City skyline at sunset, in the United States

It has been a while since I have done a blog post on WordPress, and few things have happened since my last post. Well, that’s a bit of a lie; only one thing happened, but it was something big.

On Thursday, April 13, I was made redundant from my job. For those that may not know what I did, I was a video journalist with 7 Spencer Gulf News. The company behind the news service, Southern Cross Austero, cancelled the bulletin with no notice. Wednesday, April 12, was our last bulletin. It was a sad end to a service that had beamed into residents’ homes in the Spencer Gulf region and Broken Hill, where I live.

Anyway, I posted on Substack about what happened, but I might do a more in-depth piece later because I was pretty upset once I had time to process the news.

Moving on, this post is about a place that Jay-Z and Alicia Keys described as a ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made of. That’s right, peeps, I’m talking about New York City.

I can’t remember exactly where my love of the Big Apple began, but I think Home Alone 2 had something to do with it. Like Kevin McCallister, I dreamt of being let roam free on the streets, even though it would have been unsafe for an 8-year-old.

My love for a city I had never been to grew stronger as I got older. It was mainly thanks to TV and movies. One of my favourite shows in high school was Third Watch, and Friends was also a favourite, and so was How I Met Your Mother. It became a dream of mine to one day live and work in the city that never sleeps.

Unfortunately, I am nearly 40 years old and have never had the chance to visit New York, let alone live and work there. My love for the city has only strengthened thanks to Vloggers such as Casey Neistat and Ryan Serhant.

When Empire State of Mind was released, I imagined listening to the song while flying into JFK airport. Hopefully, that dream still comes true. If not, I’ll keep watching the TV shows, movies and vlogs that make me feel like I’m there.

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