The book “The Colossus of New York” written by Colson Whitehead talks about how different people have different views on New York. He also goes on saying how the New York he used to know is no longer there. As time goes on he says that everything will eventually change and the New York people will be used to will be gone. He even gives the best example of this where when he passes Park Avenue and sees the Met life building towering over Grand Central station he will always see it as the Pan am building it used to be. He also explains how textbooks in school and even TV documentaries about New York are lies, because you didn’t witness it. That doesn’t mean that the facts they’re telling you are false but that those facts are not a part of the New York you grew up in. He also talks more about the different perspectives of the people that live in New York. For example at one point in time you used to go to a certain store because it was convenient for you but as years go by the store may close down and a new one may take its place the new people that go to that store may never know of what came before it.
The First chapter of the novel The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead called “City Limits” is about the perception of how people see New York whether they aren’t from here either they moved here or just visiting and comparing them to how people would see New York if they are from here born and raised. He calls it being a true new Yorker. ” You are a New Yorker when what was there before is more real and solid than what is here now.” Basically he says that you’re a true New Yorker when you start to notice change in the Neighborhoods and not when what’s there now is all you know about. When you go to these places and you feel nostalgic and you have those memories, that’s when you know you’re a true New Yorker. Whitehead also states that everyone that visits New York makes their own sense or their own interpretation of what New York was like or how it looks like as soon as they take their first step in New York.
“City Limits” is the opening chapter from the book The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead. The author started this chapter with these three bold and capitalized words “I’M HERE BECAUSE” as soon as I read these words my attention was captivated into this chapter. I felt that this chapter was related to everyone living in New York or anywhere else, because it talked about how the streets we have always been living in, that we walked back and forth in, and maybe just visiting holds every memory that we had. In this chapter, it talked about “My Own City”; everyone see’s New York differently, in their own way so they have their “own city”. Overall, this chapter was about how this city is changing everyday without us realizing it. The store’s that we visit or walk by everyday and the people that are there too are going or disappearing with out us knowing it.
In “The Colossus Of New York” by Colson Whitehead, “City limits” is the first chapter in which he talks about his life and memories living in New York City. In the very first paragraph he talks about how one might have ended up living in New York. Then he goes on talking about the landmarks in New York and how you might have encountered them on your stroll in New York. Then he starts talking about his life and his experiences such as the first time he looked out of a subway window as the train came out of a tunnel on its way to 125th Street. He also says that’s not every one New York is the same because of the different neighborhoods we all live in. Because of this we all see different part of New York which we call home. New York is always expanding thus making New York a place you can explore and explore. New York is always changing even if you notice it or not. He talk about for some people when something changes and goes away visually that doesn’t mean it is actually gone. It is there still in the memories of that person. So basically Whitehead wrote about how he sees New York, and what he experienced as he walked on the streets of New York.
“City Limits” is the first chapter of the novel “The Colossus of New York” by Colson Whitehead. In the beginning of the novel, the author uses second person point of view to state the reasons people may come to this city. He states that “Or maybe you moved here a couple years ago for a job. Maybe you came here for school. Maybe you saw a brochure.” When people come to this city, they start building their private city.The author also states that “the New York city you live in is not my New York city”. In first person point of view, the author starts building his New York city on the uptwon NO.1 train. His first memory is of looking out a subway window on the way to 125th Street in the early seventies. He remembers that the city is filthy. And he calls it Pan Am Building. It’s been a long time, but he still remember the details. Proving what he says in the third paragraph “You start building your private New York the first time you lay eyes on it.” According to the author, the reasons that make our private cities different are neighborhoods, our favorite newsstands, restaurants, movie theaters, subway stations, etc. For going those places, different people are different. And that is how our cities are private and unique.