Upon arrival into the jungle of vast buildings, the first thing I noticed was mobbed streets filled with taxi cabs and cars going in numerous directions with scents of car exhausts surfing through the air. In 2008 I was 14 years old on my way to watch my first basketball game in Madison Square Garden. The city was home to not just me but The New York Knicks and for as many times that I went downtown I had never been to the garden like many other New Yorkers. As I walked up the steps into the arena there was a headliner in bright, bold orange letters that stated, “New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls.” Initially I was overwhelmed with excitement because the match up was an infamous rivalry since the era of the 90’s that I loved so much. Once I realized the 90’s were long gone I came down from the initial excitement that I felt. In the day and age that I was...
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...nters securing the win. I was so happy jumping for joy because the Knicks held the Bulls off and won 88-82.
What an experience I thought to myself as I was made my way to the train station to go home. It was my first time attending a Knicks game and the fact that they won made the experience so surreal to me. It was an experience in my life that was one for the books. All I could think about was how bad I wanted to share my experience with everyone in school the next day. I wanted to bring everybody I know to the Garden and let them be electrified by the energy the arena brings. So next time when people define New York City by buildings, shopping stores, crowds, and traffic I will simply say, “NO!” New York City is Madison Square Garden and the Knicks. We are an electrifying city with determined individuals who can bounce back from anything without a hair out place.
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