New York is however you want it to be.
And therein lies its greatness.
In August of 2000 I gave up my job in Istanbul
and moved to New York. Until that day I knew the
city only from the Hollywood films that show its
more glitzy side and from the newspaper columnists
who refer to it in legendary terms. In short, my
knowledge was both extremely limited and a trifle
My lack of familiarity with the ways of my new city
did not make my first days more difficult, quite
the contrary it made them easier. Since I loved
New York and believed with all my heart that it
would make me happy, the city too seemed to treat
me better. The skyscrapers, beneath which most people
feel as tiny as worms, smiled at me every time.
FAST, SEXY, TRENDY DID YOU SAY? FORGET IT!
There were certain types who went around acting
as if they knew New York like the back of their
hand. Most of them had come to the city just like