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Superiority Complex

You're home for the holidays. At a neighborhood gathering, someone asks where you live. You say, “New York.” And they say, “City?” When you confirm, you can see on their faces how impressed they are.And you love it.You managed to get out of this dinky town and carve out a place for yourself in a city that’s…See More
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Photo courtesy of Susan SermonetaTo outsiders and to people who are new to the city, it seems impossible that anything about New York City could ever become predictable or (gasp!) boring. But for people who have been in New York for a bit…See More
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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.

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Boredom in the Boroughs

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I love mountains

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At 6:08pm on August 15, 2009, anita raddatz said…
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.
At 10:55pm on August 16, 2009, Nick Garfinkle said…
it'll be muddled, like much of my thinking.
At 1:12am on August 18, 2009, M. Shikuma said…
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.

Good luck; I love you very much Raddatz.
At 12:10pm on August 24, 2009, Mari Brown said…
i like this picture, and LifeAfterNYC Admin does too.
At 6:42pm on August 24, 2009, Susan Kirby-Smith said…
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.)
At 6:43pm on August 24, 2009, Susan Kirby-Smith said…
& definitely come say hello if you happen to drive this way
At 5:39pm on October 12, 2009, Adit Nathan said…
Awww, stitchyface... God bless my people.

It's touching that you wished we were there for the stitchy revelry, but honestly, I'm glad I wasn't there. I got a good night's sleep!
At 5:42pm on October 20, 2009, Mari Brown said…
didn't even cry?? what is happening to you?
At 11:15am on October 21, 2009, Adit Nathan said…
Where'd you have your party? The Johns' bar? Who was there??
At 1:43am on November 4, 2009, Jason Leahey said…
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?

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