The City of Dreams

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

By Lucas Compan, a dreamer and a maker in New York City

New York has many nicknames: Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham City, Empire State, The Melting Pot of the World, Capital City of the World... There is one, though, that reflects the pure essence of New York City: The City of Dreams.


New York has been the city of dreams for nearly four centuries. Explorers, travelers, entrepreneurs, immigrants, Americans from other cities, native New Yorkers, and all sort of dreamers come to New York City to make it happen here. Fred Ebb, who wrote the lyrics of the classic song 'New York, New York' might be right when he sang "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. It's up to you..."

WATCH THE mindful 'CITY OF DREAMS' BY tim kellner


Growing from Peter Minuit's tiny settlement of 1626 to one with more than three million immigrants today, new york city has always been a magnet for transplants from all over the globe. It is only fitting that the United States, a "nation of immigrants," is home to the only world city built primarily by immigration. More immigrants have entered the United States through New York than through all other entry points combined, making New York's immigrant saga a quintessentially American story.


Travelers, visitors, explorers, entrepreneurs, immigrants, Americans from other cities, native New Yorkers, and all sort of dreamers come to New York City to make it happen here

If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere. It’s up to you...
— Fred Ebb, writer of the lyrics of the song 'NewYork, New York'

In his book "City of Dreams," Tyler Anbinder shares his vision about New York City: "This city of dreams is where the young man from the Caribbean who relocated to New York and became a Founding Father; an Italian immigrant who toiled for years at railroad track maintenance before achieving his dream of becoming a nationally renowned poet; Russian-born Emma Goldman, who condoned the murder of American industrialists as a means of aiding downtrodden workers; Dominican immigrant Oscar de la Renta, who dressed first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama."

Over ten years in the making, Tyler Anbinder's story is one of innovators and artists, revolutionaries and rioters, staggering deprivation and soaring triumphs. Today's immigrants are really no different from those who have come to America in centuries past—and their story has never before been told with such breadth of scope, lavish research, and resounding spirit.

I am one of those immigrants, myself. An entrepreneur who relocated from São Paulo, Brazil, and had the dream of coming to New York to live and run his own business. The duo Lucas Compan + Sylvio Compan has been making it here for 11 years now, working for brands like Guess USA, PBS, Coca-Cola, Leblon Cachaça, and The Welcome HUB.

I am sharing this story to encourage you to do whatever you want to make that thing you have been dreaming about for a while, that goal you postpone again and again – to just make it happen. Just go there and do it. No matter how old or young you are, if you have the money to start it out or not. just do it. The first step is the most important one. The rest comes as the story unfolds. work hard and smart toward that goal. and have faith.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Designed by    9branding

Designed by 9branding

This City Of Dreams Is Where The Young Man From The Caribbean Who Relocated To New York And Became A Founding Father; An Italian Immigrant Who Toiled For Years At Railroad Track Maintenance Before Achieving His Dream Of Becoming A Nationally Renowned Poet; Russian-Born Emma Goldman, Who Condoned The Murder Of American Industrialists As A Means Of Aiding Downtrodden Workers; Dominican Immigrant Oscar De La Renta, Who Dressed First Ladies From Jackie Kennedy To Michelle Obama.
— Tyler Anbinder, author of "City of Dreams"

DREAM AND MAKE IT HAPPEN. HAVE BIG DREAMS.This is the story of an Italian girl who had a dream: visiting New York City.

>>> SHARE YOUR DREAM WITH US. YOU CAN WIN A tailor-made short FILM <<<

Name *



If You Like This Story, Hit The "Like" Button And Share With Your Friends And Family. Also, Sign Up To Receive more Stories And Videos From Travelers Around The World