A Reflection On New York City Essay

1138 Words Oct 26th, 2016 5 Pages
Elaine Ru Dr. Lazrus October 26th, 2016 Reflection paper #3
When I think of New York City, I think of bright lights and tall skyscrapers in Times Square, despite growing up in Queens where an extension of the Big Apple still lingers. After taking this class, my perspective of New York dramatically changed. In our assigned class reading “American Notes” by Charles Dicksons, he states in New York there were no "Punches, Fantoccini, Dancing-dogs, Jugglers, Conjurers, Orchestrinas, or even Barrel-organs." It was very hard for me to dismantle the idea of New York City only being Times Square but it still amazed me that there were no attractions or events since New York City is known as a tourist area. From the jungle skyscrapers to its quaint houses, I realized New York City has multiple hearts and souls, each with a unique personality that represents various cultures, identities and historical presences.
To further expand our online class discussion, Dickens states that there are no beggars in New York despite having “poverty, wretchedness, and vice”. I found this unusual since in New York, we equate someone who is poor to be begging on the streets. However, I’m able to relate it into our other class discussion about John Locke’s notion of a virtuous citizen. I believe that the idea of a virtuous citizen is when a ‘successful’ person contributes back to the community. It’s not 'how much money ' they give back but the idea of give what they have. As we can see,…

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