For someone who lives in New York City, it is so easy to take for granted all the reasons why people choose to vacation here or live their whole lives wishing to catch a glimpse of the sunset off the high rise buildings. I’ve been to the Statue of Liberty as many times as I can count on one hand. Driving downtown is stressful enough for me to pull out my hair, let alone to check out Wall Street for no good reason. You really never know what good pizza is until you are in another state and you realize even the worst New York pizza is better than anything you will find in Pennsylvania. I always tell relatives that come to visit from other states or countries not to leave their hotel after 9pm, unless they clearly know where they are going and how they will get back. Yet, in a city that seems so hostile, there is a sense of comfort that the bright traffic lights and the tall buildings bring.
If you ever visit NYC, then you might ask, “Why are there so many Duane Reade pharmacies in the city?” This is another thing New Yorkers take for granted. The convenience of a reliable drugstore that is open and available when you need it. Within a 5 block radius of my home, there are 3 Duane Reade pharmacies. I know that if there is something I need, Duane Reade is the place to go. I didn’t always think this way – I came to love Duane Reade when my daughter’s pediatrician required her to be on a very specific medication when she was sick. I sent my husband to about 7 pharmacies before he walked into Duane Reade. Her medication was in stock and ready within 20 minutes. After this experience, Duane Reade has always been the first (and usually only) drugstore we go to. There is something to that jingle, “Everywhere you go… Duane Reade!”
I would love the opportunity to be a Duane Reade blogger. I feel that Duane Reade and I have one major thing in common – we were both born and raised in this amazing city, which means we understand what it means to be a New Yorker. All the things New Yorkers expect when they go out, such as professional yet quick service you get at any Duane Reade you enter. The chance to be associated with a company that epitomizes what New York is all about would be fantastic. People in New York say “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” …..and Duane Reade has proven this saying to be correct.