An ode with a beat. A veritable ode to a city that deserves one, but coupled with a thick, driving beat that begs from its knees for a roomful of dancers. Turns out this is what happens when Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig—a visionary voice for today's Manhattan—teams up with the London-based project SBTRKT. I can tell you this much: results have been getting my Peloton rides really hot in the heels this past week. I'm genuinely in love with the lyrics: fresh, fly, and thickly veined with the population of these five glorious boroughs, from the Empire State to the old Dutch village of New Dorp. I dare you not to love it. I dare you.
I am a hedonist when it comes to fitness, food, and my city. I work out because I love the feeling: power, endorphins, productive pain. I see movement as celebration and therapy, and food as art and love. New York City chants along generously to this kind of hedonism. There’s an energy on this island that unites body, mind, and spirit at a brilliant pulse. Here are some stories from that rhythm.