Whitehead's Essay Colossus Of New York

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What comes to mind when people think of New York would be the iconic crowded Times Square but i would think otherwise. For me, it was the street stands that was in front of the Canal Street train station or the small factory in Chinatown, which my mom worked in. This is also true in Coleson Whitehead’s essay “Colossus of New York”, in which he talked about how he came to realize his own image of New York. Whitehead also mentioned how he came to feel a sense of belonging in the city. Everyone’s perception of New York is different, so it would not be a surprise if people disagree with your idea of what makes up a New Yorker. I was born in New York, I moved a couple of times, but I ended up back in New York. My surroundings have brought back this nostalgic sense that makes me feel like I’ve been living here forever.…show more content…
In the same way, this is how I felt about my personal “New York”, when I moved back five years later, it felt as if New York has not aged a day. In Coleson Whitehead’s essay, “Colossus of New York”, Whitehead quoted “you are a New Yorker the first time you say, That used to be Munsey’s or That used to be the Tic Toc Lounge. That before the internet cafe plugged itself in, you get your shoes re-soled in the mom-and-pop operation that used to be there. You are a New Yorker when what was there before is more real and solid then what is here now.” Whitehead outlines what it really means to be a New Yorker, for me, my experience was the old candy shop that turned into a restaurant, and the street stands near canal street that are not longer there. I have not been a New Yorker since the end of the second grade, and moved to Pennsylvania, even though i have not realized it yet, New York was always and is a place where I

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