New York City is an iconic metropolis of the North American East Coast and its grandeur epitomizes the extent of human ingenuity. For tourists, it is an attraction like none other with so much to see and do and just simply not enough time even for the city that never sleeps. “Times Square” “Central Park” “The Statue of Liberty”-interest points on a map and destinations where millions of photographs and many days of digital film will be taken yearly. The tourist sees only what they pay to see, what they will want to remember and recount to others back home. They never really see New York City, its grandeur obstructs its low points but no one seems to care, not even ourselves. New York City is our home and we know it like none do but we love it uniquely and we can talk bad about it but God-forbid you do. By law, accessibility in New York is a must in every project and someone in a wheelchair will generally be able to experience New York much like anyone else can. For this reason, New York City is easy to love and hard to forget. Commuting in New York is a part of daily life for us New Yorkers and while the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is often criticized, we have a love-hate relationship that begins every day as we rush from home to the subway or the bus and culminates with our tired return to do it all again in the morning, Monday to Friday usually. Generally, you can go anywhere where something interesting can found in New York City by paying $ 2.25 (subject to change very frequently and adding fervor to our love-hate relationship with the MTA) and taking a train, a bus, or a combination of both. For students, New York is simply the best place to go to school. We hate to admit it but some of the greatest and most influential teachers help shape our lives and as an added bonus, the Department of Education gives us three free or half-cost passes a day, to ride the train or bus from our student careers beginning with Elementary School and culminating with our Senior year in High School, good Monday to Friday from 5:30 am to 8:00 pm (some debate is happening about continuing this program as we speak but hopefully it does not change). After a days worth of education, we can relax in the city that many dream of visiting but which only a rough ten million (estimated but we must wait for the census 2010 results) of us call home. This is New York City, our beloved New York.
-David Tovar, FIQWS, CCNY