by Yuzima Philip in Cool Travel on Saturday 15 October 2011

U2 recorded a song called New York on their All That You Can’t Leave Behind LP, and another one after 9/11. I recorded my own tribute, We Rock for NY, in 2008. The city built on industry, money, power, wealth inequality, artistry, can be seen as a microcosm of the world. New York today is a completely different city than 40 years ago, with a new mix of people.

But it’s a city that renews and transforms itself. The melting pot that wont quiet melt. But even with its diversity and complexity, it’s still a city that represents possibilities, so it remains an obsession of mine. I was born in Manhattan raised in the Bronx and New England, and love to vacation in Miami. But this city always calls me back.