I’ve been living in New York City a little over four months now, and I’m not exactly loving it (to put it mildly). New York has for a while been low on my list of favorite cities, and living here hasn’t changed that. (I don’t really want to get into my reasons for disliking the city, as I’ve learned that New Yorkers are exceedingly proud of the place and not too receptive to criticisms. Also, to spare anyone the bother of having to say it, yes, I know that if I don’t like the place I am free to leave it any time. I may do so, though I have compelling career reasons to stay. We’ll see.)
Anyways, since it looks like I’ll be here for a while yet, I’m trying to improve my relations with the place, and who knows, maybe learn to love it a little. One thing I keep running across in reading about people’s feelings about New York is the supposed “electricity” of the place. Example:
You hear this kind of thing all the time – call it what you want: a vibe, an electricity, a “feeling” – people seem to get this charge from the city that somehow makes all its hassles worthwhile; they sense something that makes them love this city and think it the “greatest city in the world!!!”
I have yet to feel that electricity, and I’ve come to the conclusion that that is the underlying problem with my dislike of the place. Hopefully it’s not one of those things that, like jazz, “if you have to ask what it is, you’ll never know,” because if so, I might have to pack my bags. So I turn to you, Dopers who’ve felt that special New York thrill, and ask: what is it? What about this city revvs you up and makes it all worthwhile? What are the moments when you especially feel that electricity in the air? Did you feel it automatically when you first came here, or was it gradual? Any advice on how someone who just doesn’t get it might tune into that special vibe?