One of my favorite parts of my week, strangely enough, is my commute to my internship in midtown Manhattan. Professionalism exits at Fordham in a special way, that is that it's possible to be a full-time student while exploring any professional interests you'd like. Three times a week , I walk from Fordham's Lincoln Center campus to my company's headquarters, a twelve-block walk that takes all of about fifteen minutes,
I switch the route up day to day, each of which offers something different to experience-- even at 8 am. I can choose, as I often do, to walk through the heart of Hell's Kitchen down 9th Avenue. This street is a popular area for Fordham's foodies (of which I definitely am one). In maybe fifteen blocks you can find nearly endless options of global cuisines to satisfy your appetite. Some days I opt to walk down 11th Avenue, closer to the water and usually drowned in sunlight. Alternatively, I can walk down 10th Avenue and see all of the morning hustle and bustle of diners, delis, and coffee shops, opening and serving the ever-busy New Yorkers in their morning routines.
Those New Yorkers are what makes it worthwhile to walk around, to look around; they are what makes New York the great place that it is. No matter which route I take I am exposed to the brilliant array of people that call Manhattan home. Though I know I will probably never see the same person twice, I cherish there mere moments I get to experience these people, as they help me experience the New York culture.
Manhattan is full of magic and beauty and working downtown is a mutually beneficial way to experience it all on a frequent basis.