|Dear Kosterina Family,
For as long as I could remember, New York City has been one of my favorite places in the world. Growing up on the outskirts of 'the city' I always imagined myself living there, walking quickly from meeting to happy hour. And, when I was seventeen that dream became a reality - I moved to NYC for school and never really left. I found myself falling in love with the culture, the people, the movement.
Last year, my growing family and I made a seemingly tough decision to leave for the suburbs. Even though I am so grateful to be living on Long Island, I couldn't help but miss the hustle & bustle of the city when we first moved. So many aspects of our well-being are at its center: daily movement, connection, community, and great healthy food options.
So while I follow and admire James Altucher, I was very upset to read his article, New York City is Dead Forever - Here's Why, Please be wrong James! As the Coronavirus pandemic hits month six, it seems that cities and all the well-being values they provide are becoming lost. I am sad for the young people who are connecting with their new co-workers via Zoom instead of a walk to their corner coffee shop, or long-time residents who are losing their source of community. I'm afraid for what our cities will become and we have so much to lose.
So I ask myself -- what can those of us living outside the city do to make sure our cities remain vibrant in this new state of the world where so few of us are working in offices or commuting regularly? New York City is a place where a fast-paced walk can provide immense mental clarity, no matter what's going on around us. The culture and diversity, the restaurants and the arts are extremely important for our society and our families to thrive. I deeply hope that James has it all wrong and that the city that never sleeps is just taking its first little nap. And that when it wakes up, it will be ready to come back to life like never before. But what can we do ensure that's the case? We'd love to hear from you @kosterina on Instagram. Or simply reply to this email!