My First Love: New York City Edition

September 07, 2020

The shimmering, bright lights. The billboards spread across 42nd and Broadway. The pathway leading through nature in the park. The thousands of shops to glance through. This is New York City. This is the city I have been in love with since I was eight years old.

When I was four years old, my family went to NYC for a day trip, but sadly, I was too young to go with them, so I stayed with my Nana. The first time I was able to go was when I was eight. I remember sitting in the backseat of my mom’s minivan, anxiously awaiting our arrival into the city. While driving through it, my eight year old brain thought this city was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. My family took the whole day exploring NYC by shopping, eating, visiting Times Square, and walking through Central Park. I never knew what it felt like to be in love with a place, but that is when I fell hard.

Something I have noticed every time I have visited the city is that every single person walks with a purpose. Whether they have to get to the office, their acting, dancing, or singing job, meeting friends, family, or going to a grocery store — every person has a place to get to, and they are very fast-paced. This spark of energy gives me motivation to work, because my dream is to live there one day. 

My favorite part of New York City is none other than the queen herself, Broadway. I have been doing musical theater since I was ten years old, and I grew to love performing and entertaining people. I started singing when I was six years old and have been dancing since I was thirteen years old. When I was able to put singing, dancing, and acting into play, I felt as if this was what I was supposed to be doing. I have seen The Lion King, Godspell, Legally Blonde twice, The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, and Wicked twice on their National Tours at the Academy of Music and Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. I saw most of these shows when I was younger, and I was so captivated by the performance being put in front of my eyes.

The first Broadway show I saw was Aladdin when I was in eighth grade. My class took a trip to NYC and Adam Jacobs was playing Aladdin during this specific matinee performance. I loved it so much that I kept telling my mom that I want to come back to this city and keep seeing shows. That is exactly what we did. I have seen Finding Neverland, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, and last but never the least, Hamilton. (I was also supposed to see Six in May, but because of coronavirus, I was not able to.) The actors and actresses, such as Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, Sara Bareilles, and James Monroe Iglehart kept my love for theater alive by putting on performances I will never forget. 

New York City has always been my safe haven, and I feel so welcomed when I go into the city. Its high-speed environment is exactly where I want to be every day. I do not know if I will ever be able to work or live there, but this dream will not die out anytime soon.

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