I was reading a Style.com interview with Thomas Persson, editor in chief of Acne Paper. This current issue is dedicated to New York and features photos and stories about the beloved city. What struck me the most in the interview was something Perrson said about those who come to New York. Here is the excerpt from the interview:
What do you think makes New York so mesmerizing?
Because it attracts a certain kind of person. People who choose to live in New York City are often full of ambition and drive. They have an enthusiasm for what they’re doing and for life. So it has this electric intensity that you don’t find in Europe. You come to New York if you really want to accomplish something. There’s a very high level of energy. Also, because it’s so compressed. It’s this little island, it’s a small place and the whole world has gathered here. I think that is really unique.
“You come to New York if you really want to accomplish something.” That’s my favorite part. Millions of people here in this city, struggling just to make it. But for most of us, that is something we chose. We’ve all come to New York for different reasons, but ultimately our shared reason is to be inspired.