Istanbul means “The City”
The wife and I had family and friends over in our hood this past weekend; one couple we met for a bike ride in Riverside Park near our home, the other was at another apartment in our building.
We figure if we wait long enough, everyone will filter through our neck of The City at some point.
It’s like that line in Fools Rush In where the Matt Perry character goes:
There’s a spot in Central Park, the Bethesda Fountain, where if you sit there long enough, the entire city walks by.
That’s how I feel about New York City. Or, as we call it, The City.
I’m sure you do that too; you call whatever major metropolitan city around you simply, “The City.”
Turns out, people have been doing that for centuries. There was a cover song that was popular when I was a kid called Istanbul (Not Constantinople) that had a line that went:
Why they changed it I can’t say People just liked it better that way.
Actually, the name “Istanbul” comes from the Greek “istimbolin,” which simply means, “To The City.”
Which just goes to show that we’re all probably more similar than we are dissimilar.
And I suppose even then, there was some couple in some part of the city that was wondering if they should move out to where there’s green grass and shade or stay in The City forever.
One thing that we do love about living here is that everything is just a stroll away. Then again, this may not always be a good thing.
Her: There are just two bags of potato chips here.
Me: Yeah, I forgot what I needed to get at the drugstore.
Her: You went out to get some ibuprofen and instead come back with two bags of chips?!
Me: (…) In my defense, they were on sale.
Location: the city, of course
Music: Even old New York was once New Amsterdam