I live in New Jersey, but when people ask me, "Where are you from?" ... I always say,
"New York". Until this past week I didn't realize just how much New York means to me and my family. The fact that my roots are traced back to Ireland via Ellis Island and Brooklyn might explain it. Then again, there is the fact that I went to Manhattan College in the Bronx - or that my civil engineer father helped to build the NYC skyline over the past 50 years... Or that my Home Court for college basketball games was Madison Square Garden... Or that my first real sales job was selling computer supplies "door to door" in Manhattan, in 1973. Maybe it's that my grandfather was a basketball star for St. John's - or that many of my cousins and uncles have lived and or work in lower Manhattan. Or that for a short time I lived on E52 St...
|The truth is that I've lived in New Jersey for most of my life... and at the same time consider myself a New Yorker. When I walk out of the house in the early morning and look to the left, I see the Empire State Building in the rising sun. Every Saturday I take a jog from my home down to Hoboken... all the while looking at the Majestic Skyline. When Doreen and I got married ten years ago... we had our wedding photos taken with the NYC skyline as the background. In fact, the magic that is NYC has been the background in my entire life.
My life has been painted on a NYC canvas and living in NJ has allowed me to view that canvas from a special point of view. This edition of my web site is dedicated to NYC and what it means for all of us living in this area...and this country. Now, in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, the value and meaning of NYC is increased exponentially with the human sacrifice extolled.