Alicia Keys- Empire State of Mind Part 2

Grew up in a town that is famous as the place of movie scenes…

On “Empire State Part 2,” the booming New York anthem is stripped down to just Alicia and her piano, with lyrics that is an all-inclusive observation of New York City. Alicia Keys grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, before Times Square looked like Disney World, in the pre-Giuliani days when no one wanted to be caught on 42nd street.

If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere, that’s what they say.


We’re all in New York City aspiring to become something. Even the littlest New Yorkers have the biggest aspirations. My fifth grade students are going to be lawyers and they have strategic plans to achieve their goals. We start young in New York.

Hail a gypsy cab, takes me down from Harlem to the Brooklyn Bridge.

For those who are unfamiliar, a gypsy cab costs about a dollar, and to get from Harlem to the Brooklyn Bridge for just a dollar is a very good deal. Similarly, the 6 train takes me from the midtown office to 125th street. Sometimes it feels like I’m a world away when I get off the train, and in some ways it’s true. But both worlds are New York.

Some will sleep tonight with a hunger for more than an empty fridge.

New York is a melting pot of every circumstance, from those hungry for another meal to those so thirsty to make their dreams that they can almost taste them coming into fruition.

I’m gonna make it by any means, I got a pocketful of dreams…

The young girl from Hells Kitchen became a superstar, but dreams come true on all scales. I’ve seen families build their wealth from generation to generation. A mom works three jobs so her daughter can go to college. A child translates for her father so that he can apply for his citizenship. Dreams great and small are happening everyday in this amazing city.

It’s a privilege to hail from the Empire State.

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