By Steve Lacy
FOX 5 “Good Day Wake Up” Co-anchor
Growing up, New York was always this magical place that you got snippets of in magazines and on TV. There are a million moments when I truly can’t believe I live here now and they happen at the oddest times and that’s always very surreal to me.
I can remember visiting here with my parents and holding their hands when I was five or six and looking around and I can remember the air of danger; it was a different time then; all these things that were so far from my experience growing up in a small town in Massachusetts.
Being a music fan, I was constantly surrounded by all of these things you would read about - like the Dakota and walking through Central Park where John Lennon used to stroll. It is very powerful to me, walking through Strawberry Fields; that’s something that never gets tiring. If Mick Jagger and Keith Richards lived here, it’s good enough for me.
Walking by Studio 54 there is just so much history. It’s amazing how things change - CBGB is now a John Varvatos store. Everything that has sort of culturally happened has some kind of connection to here and you can go check it out. I love researching some building or location and going to see what it looks like; I love checking out different historical landmarks.
There is a bar down on St. Marks called V bar and they have a long and storied past. Thirty years ago, the Rolling Stones shot their Waiting for a Friend video there. I was so happy that I checked that out; I loved it. All of these things remind me that I’m living in the center of the universe; that’s what is great about it. There is a realization by the people who live here that they are lucky to live here. I have never met anyone who lives in here that says, “Oh it’s kind of okay - I kind of want to move though.” Everyone has such a pride and excitement about being here, everyone has such pride living here. Everyone is bound by being able to live someplace as cool as New York. •