Goodbye London. Hello New York!

Last week I was in London, surrounded by all of my closest friends and having the time of my life. The surroundings felt familiar, and that's when it actually finally sunk in. This was my going-away party and in a few hours I was going to be on a plane leaving London and flying to New York with no return ticket. I'm a London boy. I've lived there all of my life. London is what I know and ask anyone, I know it well. But somewhere along the line I got offered the opportunity of a lifetime.

Ever since my first ever visit to New York 3 years ago, I knew immediately that at some point in my life I wanted to live here. I wanted to experience New York. It's the kind of city that you either love or hate. For me, it was love at first sight. Of all the cities in the US that I have visited, New York is the most like London. It's different, but at the very core the two cities are like brothers from a different mother. Think of New York like London -- but on steroids. The buildings are taller, the food portions are larger, the traffic is louder, and the hustle is harder - but at the very core the two cities are very similar indeed.

Eventhough I accepted my dream job a few weeks ago with the MTV mothership here in New York City, it still really didn't sink in until I was sat on the plane and within seconds of take off, London was behind me and New York was ahead.

And now, my surroundings are now different. Only a few days have gone by, but I now live in New York and everyday I get to walk to work in Times Square to do a job that I don't even see as a job because I enjoy and love what I do too much. May this feeling never stop. The taxis are no longer black but yellow, the money is green not blue, steam actually does come out the ground (something that I thought was just in the movies) and there really is a hot-dog stand on every corner.

This is one of the great birthplaces of music, film, sport, art and entertainment. This is the city that Al Pacino, Lenny Kravitz, Billie Holiday, BIG, Joey Ramone, Tupac, Al Capone, Jay-Z, De Niro, Marlon Brando, Trump, Diddy, Nas, Michael Jordan, Jake La Motta, Mike Tyson, Denzel Washington, Run-DMC, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, Sonic Youth, Madonna, The Beastie Boys, Wu-Tang, Joe DiMaggio, Christopher Walken, Aaliyah, Stanley Kubrick, Lucky Luciano, Duke Ellington, the Velvet Revolver, Miles Davis, and my future ex-wife J-Lo were all born.

People tell me they have lived here all their life and they still haven't seen all of New York.

I have a lot of catching up to do!