19 November 2009

I Heart NY - Part 1 我愛紐約-上卷


The regional jet made a hairpin turn over Manhattan before touching down at La Guardia Airport. It was a visual feast to end an otherwise uninteresting flight from Toronto to New York. At 5,000 feet, office towers in every shape looked like young sprouts shooting from the ground, competing for light. The silver spire of the iconic Chrysler Building shimmered gloriously, its beauty matched only by the mélange of red, orange and yellow that was the changing foliage in Central Park. My heart felt an immediate magnetic pull – I was home.



I left New York in 2005 to take up a job in Hong Kong, ending my six-year stint in a city that has comfortably held the title of Capital of the World for nearly a century. To defend my own title as a “Noo-Yawker,” I make every effort to go back at least once a year, invariably around Thanksgiving or Christmas when the city is most irresistible. The Big Apple holds a special place in my heart...


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Read the rest of this article in HONG KONG State of Mind, published by Blacksmith Books, available at major bookstores in in Hong Kong, on Amazon and at Blacksmith Books.



16 comments:

  1. Hello Jason,

    Just quickly scan your article. Happy to read something that is lighter and brighter. As I said before, your articles were a bit dark and heavy. I guess your Toronto and New York trip were doing some good to you.

    I'm looking forward to see Part 2 soon.

    Ciao.

    Phil

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  2. Thanks, Phil. I will try to be less cynical but that's not easy to do given what's on the news these days...

    Cheers,

    Jason

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  3. Interesting article - kinda always wanted to visit NY. Keep it up.

    W.

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  4. Enjoyed the virtual walk through the NYC! Looking forward to Part 2.


    Maria

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  5. Thanks, Maria. Part 2 is coming out, hopefully this weekend.

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  6. Good to read your latest article. Was just going to fb you to see if you have got anything new out, and delighted to read the interesting piece. Your article always freshen my routine life. Life as a "corporate lawyer", : > , I can fully empathize with that given that I am one myself. Not that I really fancy being engaged in deals ending up in the paper anymore.

    So, got any good books from NY? How I wish there are more of these bookshops in HK, been looking for some out-of-print titles for ages and I don't think I'll live to see them being re-printed. Anyway, I got more books than I can finish already. : p

    Have "accidentally slipped" down to your other article about the "voluntary" drug test for the school kids, and I can't agree more. What is really "voluntary" in our lives nowadays? With all the pressure from around us and probably the pressure we cast upon ourselves too, consciously or subconsciously... anyway.

    Apologies, but I can't agree that your articles are "dark" or cynical. I relish "sharing" your views or values on most if not all of them. Guess they are not the funniest thing in the world to read, but they got depth and substance to it, and always leave one with much food for thought.

    So, when is your compilation of these articles or other pieces coming out ?

    Christine

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  7. hi jason,

    i enjoyed reading this article very much - another well written piece i must say! your article gave me a great insight of the city, and I'll be sure to check out those 2 used book stores next time I visit NYC. Keep up the great work! Look foward to part 2!

    -jC

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  8. Thanks, Christine. I did get two great finds from Argosy this time: "Motiveless Malignity" by Louis Auchincloss and "Shakespeare and the Revolution of the Times" by Harry Levin. Can't wait to start reading them!

    Cheers,

    Jason

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  9. Thanks, jC. Part 2 is in the works!

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  10. Jason, this article makes me miss my train (the Q train) sooo bad. AHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  11. It was a perfect moment as I sat down on my table with my morning cofee, contemplating whether I should finish up my 11 AM due essay or check an email from old friend of mine years back.
    As an internatoinal student, HK was one of my first inernational exposures away from my family. Even though I'm very much in love with the city, I had always wanted to go forward and look into what's in other parts of the world. Wow, working on a deal that's printed in page A3 Fianancial Times? Thanks! My work motivation is much back. I think it's about time I get back to my essay :)

    Have a nice day!

    -Jasmine

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  12. Was in NY for my birthday a while back...reading your article brings back happy memories!!!!! Waiting patiently for part 2!!!

    L.

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  13. Beautifully written and one can feel your passion for the city coming through. I agree that these are much more enjoyable to read than those on political topics. With all due respect, I find some of those lacking critical insight.

    Keep up the good work! I am a loyal follower of your blog.

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  14. your writing is as boring as yourself. so full of cliche...

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  15. Wow, do you know me personally to call me boring? In any event, thanks for the reality check. I will try to write more interestingly if you will keep reading.

    Jason

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  16. In between your lines, my subtle sneak peak of a place I thought I'd carve my niche. Doubtful all about it now tho.... Signs of the times I know, but thanks for the joy ride.

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