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Rich Battista
November 5th, 2002, 10:00 PM
* * New York is one hell of a town. It is the greatest city in the world for that matter, a giant mixing of people from every religion, color, creed, culture, and any way of life that you could possibly imagine.
* * People that have never visited New York are under a false impression that New York is just like any other city in the United States and the world for that matter. This statement is not only ignorant and false, but New York is really quite the contrary. We are not any average city, we boast an extremely low crime level, which just seems to be dropping more every passing year. We have the most diverse culture than any other city in the world, and lets face it, we are the city that created the phrase "the city that never sleeps." There is just so much to do in New York day and night! We also boast one of the worlds best transportation systems, and have light traffic when compared to almost any major city in California.
* * The only way people can appreciate our city is if they actually witness being here themselves. From the Financial District to Midtown Manhattan, people do not realize how amazing this city really is until they drive up and down the wide avenues which seem like giant canyons surrounded by giant decorative buildings of glass, steel, and concrete. Manhattan has at least 20 of the worlds 100 tallest buildings which is a record still unsurpassed, and increasing every year. No other city on earth has so many tall buildings placed so densely one on top of the other, and no other city in the world can claim such a rich skyscraper history. Sure Chicago may be the birthplace of the skyscraper, but it was here, on Manhattan island, that those ideas were put to the test and tested to their limits. After over 100 years of skyscraper revolution, New York is and always has been the definitive skyscraper city.
* * I am a resident of Manhattan, i live in this city, i work in this city, i play in this city, i drive in this city, i sleep in this city. Let me tell you there is no place i would rather be. I love everything in this city, to those stupid people that hand out fliers to those livery cab drivers that always try to cut you off. Every time i am walking or driving down a street or avenue, i cannot help but feel amazed at these tall structures that we built. From Lower Manhattan to Midtiwn i still feel the exhilarating thrill of bieng so densely placed, still so proud and astounded at buildings as if i was a little boy. You have to be proud of what we have accomplished, we as a city have been through a lot, the transit strike of 1980, lol, for those of us who remember and 9/11. We New Yorkers have been strong persistent people who never give up, we may have suffered some hard blows, but we can answer right back. I am a proud New Yorker and I am not afraid to show how much I love this city. We are back and stronger than we ever were, and this construction boom that has suddenly blossomed over the past few years is just one way of showing we are the greatest city in the world.
* * You all may think i am rambling on, but i am just giving everyone some arrogant New York spirit. This is a very emotional from the heart opinion and i would love to re state this essay which i had written last year. Please feel free to comment, and remember GOD I LOVE NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amigo32
November 6th, 2002, 02:16 AM
I would love to live in NY, *It looks like my state just elected Talent. * Yuck! It's Better off to be with intellectuals instead of farmer idiots!

amigo32
November 6th, 2002, 02:37 AM
Live in New York? *Hell *Yes!!!!!! * People knock that town, but, *where are the smartest people located? *

Jessica
November 6th, 2002, 01:44 PM
Rich, you weren't rambling at all! *That was absolutely beautiful! *Everything you stated was so true of NYC and a reader of that can tell it was truly heart felt.

Everyone needs to read that!

NYC kid
November 8th, 2002, 05:25 PM
I would love to live in New York. It's my dream to live there and work there when I grow up. I love to be among all of the skyscrapers and culture. It rules. I wish I could do it more. :)

Rich Battista
November 8th, 2002, 05:52 PM
well thanks all, you should all come down and visit me sometime, lol, we can do lunch, lol.

Rich Battista
November 12th, 2002, 10:32 PM
This is true, as i have stated before, there is no city in the world that exceeds New York. We have the most skyscrapers in the world, 1/3 located here, not to mention about 32-37 of the worlds 100 largest/tallest buildings right here. We hold records that are unsurpassed and will never be broken. No other city in the world has so many tall buildings placed so densely, one on top of the other. No other city in the world has such huge dense commercial layouts so efficiently used. There is no other city in the world that can even come near the height of Midtown alone, and the thing that gets better and better is that midtown is expanding in all directions. We have over 200 years, set the prescident of what a city should be.
* * I am so proud to be a New Yorker. *I live, work, play, drive, eat, party, and sleep in this city. There is no other place that i would rather be. This city is the financial and trend epicenter of the world, so many cultures all interacting within inches of eachother, sometimes even less in crowded train stations, street corners, elevators, shopping malls, and stores. So many different types of architecture from Citicorp, to the Seagram, to the GE Building, to the Empire State and to beyond.
* * What lies in this cities future is just an amazing thought. An amazing test and showing off of mans building and ingenuity. We have NYTT coming up in the next few years, Bloombergs "area 51", Pfizers new building, Bryant Park, FSM Development, the WTC site, 237 Park, AOL Time Warner Center, 10 Times Square, and others that are popping up every day. We are in the start of what i am thinking of calling "NEW YORK'S MILLENIUM RENNISANCE." We have such a bright future ahead and i am enjoying every minute of it

Rich Battista
November 12th, 2002, 11:12 PM
* * I just thought of my model of Manhattan sitting in the crner of my room. It is on a 3 by 6 foot piece of wallboard with the buildings cut from wood, cardboard, and styro-foam. Its too bad my little brother destroyed some of it, i am working on replacing what was lost and adding some new buildings onto it, i have not added anything to it in about 6 years. I somehow got back into it, maybe it was from being back on this website.

Jessica
November 12th, 2002, 11:16 PM
6 years...many changes to make


Any pics of it to share?

amigo32
November 13th, 2002, 01:17 AM
I am envious of you Rich! *Being a skyscarper fanatic in the midwest is torturous.

Rich Battista
November 14th, 2002, 10:34 PM
lol, i see what you mean by that. Feel free to come up and visit us here

Des
November 16th, 2002, 04:39 PM
Bloody hell! It took me three minutes to find out how to reply to your posting. Am I a moron or what? I have just discovered this site and am still not sure what it is supposed to be all about. Is it a forum for neighbourhood discussions or what?

Anyway, Mr. Battista, I can't see your first nameas I type this so excuse the formality. You Americans should look at the layout of British websites and make yours less complicated.

You sure do love New York but tell me, Have you ever been outside the city? Have you ever travelled outside of America? The one thing that pisses us Europeans off about you lot is your total ignorance about the rest of the planet. I do agree with you though, New York is a great city. Well it used to be.

Jessica
November 17th, 2002, 12:30 PM
The one thing that pisses us Europeans off about you lot is your total ignorance about the rest of the planet. I do agree with you though, New York is a great city. Well it used to be.

New York City is still a great city. *I don't know about Rich, since he is the one you are directing your questions at, but I have traveled elsewhere and NYC still stands above the rest as my favorite.

You mention Europeans...Europe gives an experience to tourists that no place in the USA ever can because of its long history. *There are many sites to see there and throughout the rest of the world that are unique and great experiences I hope to someday experience. *

We realize this and therefore are not ignorant at all. *

Kris
November 17th, 2002, 01:01 PM
Yes, Europe is history. Bwahaha.

Eugenius
November 17th, 2002, 09:12 PM
New York is a city of immigrants (myself included), so the statement about us not having been to other countries is definitionally incorrect. *If anything, New Yorkers may have a more objective view of the rest of the world, given an almost universal demographical representation.

Rich Battista
November 22nd, 2002, 08:35 PM
that is true, we have more culture emminating from this city than Europe does, i will say that. We are also the center of the world financially, as well as the entertainment business. I have been outside the US, I have not been to England, but i will tell you that England might have an edge historically, but why did all the immigrants come ashore here if there world in Europe was so great.
* * For example, the automobile business is huge. The United States is the only nation where the man who screws the chasis down on a new Chevrolet Impala, can afford what he helps create. The Foreign car business is not like that, the people who help make these vehicles such as Jaguar, Mercedes, Volkswagon, BMW, AUDI and others generally cannot afford to buy the products they create. How New York became such a great city is because all the people who wanted to live there lives to the fullest, who wanted to be somebody, and who wanted freedom came here and they got that as their reward. They got this city full of pride, arrogance, happiness, fun, every culture known to man, styles, architecture and much more. The city has thrived for way over a century because of peoples dreams, diversity, and exceeding expectations.
* * I am not trying to say anything bad about anyone else, but i am simply displaing my pride, arrogance, and belief that we are the best city.

(Edited by Rich Battista at 8:36 pm on Nov. 22, 2002)

Ptarmigan
December 8th, 2002, 03:21 PM
Hell yeah! New York rules. I love New York. I always talk about New York at parties, mostly abouts its buildings and landmarks like the late World Trade Center or Empire State Building.

radiogirl
December 20th, 2002, 03:01 PM
I've been telling people that I'm a New Yorker stuck in a Californian's body. *I've been here for 22 years, and now that I'm graduated college, I've decided to move to the greatest city on Earth. I bought my one-way plane ticket yesterday. New York City, here I come!

Zoe
December 20th, 2002, 04:52 PM
Welcome, hope your NYC life is as great for you as it is for us!

Eugenius
December 20th, 2002, 09:19 PM
Congrats Radiogirl, you are member number 200 on this forum.

Rich Battista
January 2nd, 2003, 12:37 AM
yeah congrats

The Brain
March 14th, 2003, 08:53 PM
JESSICA,

NYC = CAPITOL OF THE UNIVERSE...DEAL WITH IT.

Bob
July 22nd, 2004, 07:11 PM
As great as New York is, it can be better. Some ideas:

1. Build a parallel George Washington Bridge, and run commuter line tracks on the lower level. Then, as an integral part of this collosal project, widen/expand the Cross Bronx Expressway and make it "Son of Big Dig." Housing and parks atop the new CBE.

2. Build the Rye-Oyster Bay Bridge.

3. Build a parallel Whitestone Bridge. Same specs.

4. Eliminate all building height restrictions in Manhattan.

5. Build the 2nd Avenue subway. Extend the 7 line. (Just do it!)

6. Restore the High Line and make it part of the subway system.

7. Beef up street lighting throughout city. Upgrade from sodium-vapor to newer technology.

8. Find a new Robert Moses.

9. Put on a World's Fair in 2014. At Flushing Meadow. Of course.

10. Widen/clean up the Van Wyck Expressway. Landscape it as a grand entrance to the city.

There's enough ideas here to get everybody riled up. Or, thinking.

g@tor
August 10th, 2004, 06:10 AM
You guys are damn happy 'coz you're living in this city. I adore NYC since I was a child. Its skyscrapers always stunned me. It definitely is my dream city. I realize I will never live there in my current life , but hope it is at least possible to see it. OK, I can try to save some money for the trip, but I can't imagine how can I make such a trip? I didn't see any tour operator's proposals of travelling to NYC from here. So I'd like to ask if it is possible to make a invitation to me to travel to NYC for a week? It is actually more a dream than reality because I haven't yet enough money for a trip, it's a matter of pretty far future. I just wanna know IS IT possible at all? I realize, it's not easy after 9/11, but... My very best dream is a walking from Central Park and midtown to downtown and Battery Park. Here are the buildings that I adore and would like to see: ESB, 500 5 Ave, Chrysler, Chanin, Lincoln Center, Flatiron, Municipal, Woolworth, Park Row, Adams Express, Empire Building, One Wall St., 70 Pine St., Equitable (120 Broadway), Trinity Church, Trinity & US Realty (Thames St.), Standard Oil Bld., Downtown Athletic Club and Whitehall Bld. As you can see I mostly love old buildings and curtain wall black boxes aren't my cup of tea. I would like to make a russian-language web page dedicated to Manhattan high-rises. Everything I can do now is just to use pictures from other sites or scan pictures from wonderful Eric P. Nash book "Manhattan Skyscrapers" which I got from my very good friend from Oregon. But I realize [b]it's not legal. But how can I legally share my love of NYC to other russian-speaking people? Just to make a trip to this wonderful city, with digital photo camera and also with my miniDV one. I'd be happy to see NYC in any weather: cloudly or sunny it is beautiful anyway! And what do you think, how much money requires such a trip if I'd choose the most cheap living place and so on?

microserf
October 18th, 2004, 03:21 PM
Rich,

As a Bronx baby, I share in your awe of NY, NY, especially Manhattan of course. Thing is, what industry are you in, where you have the resources to be able to live, work, play in the greatest city in the world? Yes, a percentage of people who have the opportunity to live in NYC think the way you do, but alot of folks who are giving up a big chunk of of their $50-75k/year are ekeing out a living and subsisting due to the high cost of living. I would venture to say that people making $35k-50k would almost qualify as the "working poor". Where is the quality of life in that?

You can say, yes, get a better education, hang w. a better class of people to build contacts, build your own business, or get a nice cushy corporate job w. perks... but not everyone will have that opportunity w. the life choices they've made.

I'm not trying to be Mr. Negativity, just looking to hear solutions, or options, for those who want to be a part of what NYC has to offer, but may not have all the resources in the world. Is it possible?

Peace.