The City of Dreams
By Lucas Compan, a dreamer and a maker in New York City
New York has many nicknames: Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham City, Empire State, The Melting Pot of the World, Capital City of the World... There is one, though, that reflects the pure essence of New York City: The City of Dreams.
THE CITY OF DREAMS
New York has been the city of dreams for nearly four centuries. Explorers, travelers, entrepreneurs, immigrants, Americans from other cities, native New Yorkers, and all sort of dreamers come to New York City to make it happen here. Fred Ebb, who wrote the lyrics of the classic song 'New York, New York' might be right when he sang "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. It's up to you..."
WATCH THE EXCITING 'THE CITY OF DREAMS' BY ASCONY
New York has been America's city of immigrants for nearly four centuries. Growing from Peter Minuit's tiny settlement of 1626 to one with more than three million immigrants today, the city has always been a magnet for transplants from all over the globe. It is only fitting that the United States, a "nation of immigrants," is home to the only world city built primarily by immigration. More immigrants have entered the United States through New York than through all other entry points combined, making New York's immigrant saga a quintessentially American story.
In his book "City of Dreams," Tyler Anbinder shares his vision about New York City: "This city of dreams is where the young man from the Caribbean who relocated to New York and became a Founding Father; an Italian immigrant who toiled for years at railroad track maintenance before achieving his dream of becoming a nationally renowned poet; Russian-born Emma Goldman, who condoned the murder of American industrialists as a means of aiding downtrodden workers; Dominican immigrant Oscar de la Renta, who dressed first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama."
Over ten years in the making, Tyler Anbinder's story is one of innovators and artists, revolutionaries and rioters, staggering deprivation and soaring triumphs. Today's immigrants are really no different from those who have come to America in centuries past—and their story has never before been told with such breadth of scope, lavish research, and resounding spirit.
I am one of those immigrants, myself. An entrepreneur who relocated from São Paulo, Brazil, and had the dream of coming to New York to live and run his own business. The duo Lucas Compan + Sylvio Compan has been making it here for 11 years now, working for brands like Guess USA, PBS, Coca-Cola, Leblon Cachaça, and The Welcome HUB. I am a dreamer and a maker in New York City, doing what I love in the city that I love – for example, creating exciting content for dreamers and makers in NYC on this blog.
A TOAST TO LIZA, FRANK AND FRED
LISTEN TO THE CLASSIC 'NEW YORK, NEW YORK' PERFORMED BY FRANK SINATRA
Did you know?
"New York, New York" is the theme song from the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York (1977), composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb. It was written for and performed in the film by Liza Minnelli. It remains one of the best-known songs about New York City. In 1979, "Theme from New York, New York" was re-recorded by Frank Sinatra for his album Trilogy: Past Present Future (1980), and has since become closely associated with him. He occasionally performed it live with Minnelli as a duet. Sinatra recorded it a second time for his 1993 album Duets, with Tony Bennett.
DREAM AND MAKE IT HAPPEN. HAVE BIG DREAMS. IT DOES NOT EVEN MATTER IF YOU ARE PICCOLA