I <3 NY

As I’m sitting here in my hotel room in the middle of Times Square in #NYC, I’m thinking about this theme and these shirts about people people loving or (hearting) NY. As a matter of fact it was one of the more requested souvenir items from my friends and family back in #OKC.

We have been to NYC many times and every time I find myself leaving saying the exact same thing. That is a great city to visit, but there is no way that I could live there. This time my wife and I are actually here with another couple, who happen to be long time great friends. It has been great to take a bite out of the Big Apple together. We walked the streets of #NYC last night and let me tell you this place doesn’t sleep, it doesn’t stop and many people seem to love NY.

It was around midnight last night (Sunday) that we stopped by Starbucks in Times Square and the place was hopping. We asked the barista what time they close and her response was, “We Don’t.” NY doesn’t sleep or at least the persona is that it’s always moving, always happening and it’s the epicenter for those making things happen and those wanting to make things happen.

As I was standing in the middle of this make things happen city, I was reminded of the lyrics of rapper, entrepreneur and mogul Jay-Z’s song “Empire State Of Mind.” A small sampling of the song, the chorus sang by Alicia Keys is below:

“In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh
There’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let’s hear it for New York
New York, New York…”

I do agree with Jay-Z in the fact that the BIG lights can inspire you. They can inspire you to dream BIG. think BIGGER. This is truly a city of dreams a city of potential.


You know what, I might just love NY.

Share your thoughts on the Big City Of Dreams… Who knows you may win an I <3 NY t-shirt.

  • good post. i <3 ny! i could live there, but only for a bit, not long term.

  • Steve McBrien

    I totally agree with you Scott! I have always lived in fairly small towns or smaller cities, but me and my brother went to NYC two summers ago and I thought I would be intimidated and maybe even a little scared, but it also gave me that feeling like I could do anything and actually felt right at home there. I remember coming home and telling my wife how amazing it was to be in NYC and she said are you crazy! I said you have to experience it for yourself to understand. So I totally agree with you and thanks for the post! Hope to see you in Phoenix next week.

  • Fabíola Moura

    I’ve been reading your articles, following you on twitter and FB for a while now and I’ve got tell you, your posts have inspired me all the way from Brazil. My name is Fabíola Moura –but you can call me Faby– and I’m a 32 years old woman that loves life. I am originally from Recife-PE, Brazil, but moved to US in June 2005 and lived in the Chicagoland area for 2 years and a half. I graduated in Tourism (in Brazil, 2004). I couldn’t find a good job back then and wanted some changes in my life, so I decided to leave everything behind and start a new life in US as an AuPair (Babysiter) and Student (Pos-grad). When I was living abroad I went to NY 4 times because I just love the Big Apple!!! I agree with you…I’d never live there but being a visitor in that city is just amazing. I do have that T-shirt but is too old now. I’d love to get a new one with your autograph on it! Thanks for sharing your impressions and I’ve got my fingers crossed! LoL Have a great week and God Bless you and your family.


  • Man, I just missed you I was there from Thursday thru today. Got a chance to visit Hillsong NYC. I was born and raised so my views are a bit biased but I’ll say this. The city has so many stories, history, it never gives up, has character, strength, heart and opportunity for only the brave, if you got dreams and courage, there is no place like NYC.

  • Tracy Ross

    My husband and I volunteered with the Relief Bus in NYC about 8 years ago. One of the most amazing weeks of my life! I completely understand why they have Central Park. You have to take a break from the concrete jungle. I would love to go back and volunteer withnthe bus again some time.

  • I’m a super big fan of New York!

  • Scott Williams

    I had my buddy pick a number between 1&6 and the number was 1. So the winner is abi. Abi, let me know what size and color 1 love ny shirt you would like.

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