I Love NY! or do I love NYC? Tourists and even many born and raised New Yorkers associate New York with New York City – and understandably so. The City famous for its fusion of world cultures, cuisines, and fashion has an unfathomable appeal to all. The City with no limits to its universal acceptance of everyone and everything. The City where beauty is defined. Not surprisingly, few view NY in a wholesome light: New York City plus the State. The State has its own unfathomable appeal and defines its own beauty. Among many such beauties, the Catskill Mountains region is a worthy contestant. Catskills is a vast region of NY, which reminds New Yorkers that we not only live in a stone and glass jungle but also in a green, mountainous State. Less than a 3 hour drive from the City, many parts of the region make for a perfect long weekend getaway. One such part is a legendary town of Woodstock.
So, I recently moved from a “Manhattan” office to a… Manhattan office. See, my office just moved from a “fancy ghetto” neighborhood in the city (I shall explain) to a “fancy, fancy” neighborhood in the city. It was like moving from a spacious 1-BD apartment in an old building somewhere by Coney Island in Brooklyn to a small but newly constructed studio in a modern building somewhere in Carroll Gardens. The “hood” and the “neighborhood” are only a few subway stops apart but are a world of difference.