I’ve only been in New York a couple months, have not braved the winter yet, obviously am not an expert. However, I have already discovered that the magic of the city (that I am already falling in love with) is entirely up to the individual
Yes, it’s a dirty place here. But if you wake up and go out expecting to see trash everywhere, you will see nothing but piles of garbage. If you tell yourself it’s nothing but fast moving crowds, you will always find yourself on the most crowded subway car.
But if you let yourself be inspired by all the people around you, all the different styles you see, all the conversations you can eavesdrop on, you will be constantly inspired. And if you look for stunning skylines, all you have to do is lift your chin to be stunned.