New York, New York

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Recently a coworker mentioned that she was spending the day on City Island. “Oh, where’s that?” I asked. The look on her face said, ‘are you kidding me?’ “Are you sure you’re from New York?” She asked.

That wasn’t the first time someone asked me if I was sure I’m from New York.

But I am from New York. I was born there. I was raised there. But truth be told, I don’t know very much about it. Oh I know all the facts that most people know. Yankees, Mets, best hot dogs, best pizza, Coney Island, Empire State building, Twin Towers and the pain of 9/11,

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The Met, Broadway, etc. And let’s not forget the world’s best cheesecake!

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A lot of the landmarks and well known trademarks that many non-New Yorkers know are familiar to me also. But honestly, I couldn’t tell you the difference between the Upper West Side, The Lower East Side, Midtown, Uptown, any of that. I’m fairly sure I know the reason.

In Spanish I learned that there are two words that mean “to know” Conocer and Saber. You use Conocer when referring to something or someone you are familiar with or you know of. I would use that to say I know our President is Barack Obama. Saber, if I remember correctly is more personal, more intimate. I know my son. (Please correct me in the comments if I’m mistaken.)

I Conocer Manhattan, the Yankees, Uptown. I Saber Brooklyn, Prospect Park, 7th Ave, in Park Slope.

The other reason is the fact that I left New York when I was seventeen and joined the military.

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Had I remained, I probably would have traveled the city more, and become familiar with other areas of my home state.

Since all my military travels, my family has moved to New Jersey, so when I came home, home was New Jersey. It’s where I got my drivers license, where I live now, where I work.

So I have two homes. My current home, which is where my mom is. And one where I grew up. New York will always be home to me. What about you? Where do you consider home?

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About Sha Renée

Sha Renée is a native New Yorker who joined the US Navy right after high school. She now lives in New Jersey where she creates stories on the pages where duty, honor and passion unite. Sha loves meeting people and attends book-signing events and conferences whenever she can. She also enjoys networking with other writers and is a member of RomVets (military women and veterans who are writers), Liberty States Fiction Writers and Marketing for Romance Writers. She is also the creator and organizer of Emerging Authors of New Jersey. A true nature lover, Sha enjoys spending time outdoors, usually with a camera in her hands. She has a passion for motorcycles and sports cars and is a fan of auto racing, military air shows and The X Games – pretty much any high-speed activity involving wheels or wings. She hates cooking, loves music and believes every day should include a cup of hot coffee and a glass of chilled wine.
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One Response to New York, New York

  1. Sonja Walcott-Waters says:

    Very good response. Very well written. City Island is off one of those suburbs past the Bronx. It’s an island with nice seafood restaurants and such. As I recall it was very nice and I had a great time with Peter. He took me there for dinner when I was 18. Sonja

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