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An Open Letter To NYC

Love to love to love ya (love ya). Hey, thanks for the all good, the bad, and the ugly. You've made us #nytough.

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Hey. It’s me: one person out of the millions of others who live here.

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It’s funny how you’re able to squeeze us all in, despite the fact you’re so thin.

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Guess it’s because us New Yorkers have grown accustomed to always being on top of one another.

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We’ve managed to survive in apartments that are the size of high school lockers...

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...with roommates who are pure filth, and roommates who are straight-up rodents...

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...and we’ve even managed to survive on beans and bread when the budget was tight.

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We’ve put up with your outlandish weather conditions, constant construction, and perpetual train delays.

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Sometimes, you’re the actual worst.

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But other times, just when I think you’ve given up on me, you turn around and surprise me.

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If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be nearly as resilient as I am now.

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You’ve exposed me to things SO bizarre that I don’t do a double take when I see a person sword fighting trees in McCarren Park.

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You have quite the devious sense of humor, and I’ve somehow learned to appreciate it.

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You’ve taught me all about history, culture, religion, philosophy, and, most importantly, pigeontry.

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People from other parts of the country will never truly understand what it means to live here: the REAL meaning of the tough love you give us.

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As much as you’ve exposed me to cruel and unusual surroundings, above all else, I have to thank you for teaching me about my true self.

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So yes, despite your dark and mysterious ways, New York... I will always love you.

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