“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” - Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters: in mountain clefts and chasms, loud gush the streamlets, but great rivers flow silently. - Sutta Nipata 3.725
Welcome. I live in a NYC as well (that makes 3 of us as far as I know now). Have you found a group to practice/study with yet? Anyways, let me know if you're interested in meeting up with fellow practitioners here in NYC. Mettaya.
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas. -Dhp. 183