Hi! I founded this site with my dear friend Mari as a way to process my experience of considering leaving New York. Read more about our project, and how we came to collaborate, here.
I moved to New York in 2000, after graduating from college. I lived in Astoria, Queens for a couple years, and then moved to Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. After 9 years in NYC, I started to feel like I was treading water. I wanted a backyard and mental space and a healthier lifestyle. We left in November 2009 and tried out Austin before landing in Asheville, NC.
i only visit ny; i love ny. it's exciting! there's rverything in ny! at all times of day or nite! museums galore! gardens everywhere! ny is wonderful! at least for me - i stay 5-8 days then return to quiet suburbia. and miss the noise - some days.
I guess Memphis would be my "second wife," and Humboldt my third. LA was was only a torrid affair. I seem like one of those characters in a George Jones song. Having moved from NY twice, I can only say that NY was the "best sex" I ever had (so to speak). But that's not exactly where I am at these days. It's about the acceptance of having left, and you feel alright about it. Until I get the opportunity to move to Ireland, where I really would like to locate, I have settled in living under tall redwoods.
btw, I wanted to tell you: I think we're moving back to Greensboro, NC in a year. I love Baton Rouge but NC is our home. Asheville is super awesome...... beautiful. I'm honestly hoping you'll move there though all those other places seem fantastic as well but if you moved there, I would probably see you sometime! Or if you moved to New Orleans or Baton Rouge, but not as easily.
(Greensboro is great too but it's not in the mountains or on the swamp. It is in the middle of tons of universities though. I can start that group and when we move next year.)
What's up, Anna. I just wanted to let you know that a girl I dated for a few months when I was 16 and living in VA has found me through this network. Seems the thing is spreading. Wicked! Where the fuck are you guys now?