Have you ever thought, “I’ll never run into anyone I know in this huge big city!” “How great, I can re-invent myself here, I doubt I’ll meet anyone I know”.
Well, let me tell you, I used to think that way about NYC and quickly figured out this was not truly the case. Over the past year or so in New York City, I’ve come to the realization that while the city itself is heavily populated, the island of Manhattan is quite small. According to City of New York Department of City Planning (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/census/popcur.shtml), in 2010 the reported population in New York City was an estimated 8,175,133 people with 1,585,873 of those residing on Manhattan. The island of Manhattan itself has a total area of 23.7 square miles, measures 13.4 miles in length, and 2.3 miles at it’s widest. (http://www.nycgo.com/articles/nyc-statistics-page) So really, one is not all that far away from a LOT of people.
On more then one occasion I’ve totally randomly ended up on the same train car right next to someone I know and maybe haven’t seen or talked to in years. For example-this past Friday I was catching the A train uptown from an evening of yoga classes in SoHo and who do I sit catty corner to?? Why Michael Wells, my swing partner (in crime) of 3 years back when we were in The Rug Cutters at Decatur School of Ballet!! Now of course I didn’t realize who it was right away. We were both sitting, reading, and in general tuning out anything on the New York subway that was happening. It wasn’t until we both looked up listening to the train announcer that we caught each other’s eye, took a moment to process who we were seeing, that we both broke into huge smiles and nearly screamed “Oh my GOD! I know you!“… Then proceeded to catch each other up on the past several years of our lives.This was a happy train run in. We’d been in the same city for over a year, sooner or later seems like we were bound to happen upon one another.
With the result of recent events in my life, I’ve come to wonder if this city is big enough for the two of us… ya know. Two people with similar (not the same… Clarifying that!) interests and similar commutes. What happens if… when we run into each other? Is this city big enough to keep us away and apart. If that’s what one wants, I guess so… New York can make or break dream, so why can’t it drive people together or apart? I suppose it can… It has.
I suppose the reason behind this post, as random as it seems, is this: As summer draws to a close and we return back to the city to prepare for what the Fall and Winter will bring what will happen. I’m not backing down from whatever dream it is that I’m living out here but neither should anyone else. So if there ever were to be that 1 in 100 train run in… how will it go down? Is this city big enough for the both of us?
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love always, Christiane