I went to New York when I was 22 to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. Then went to NYU after that I stayed in New York for 22 year. In Manhattan, Soho. I left in 1998 to go to Savannah, Georgia. Took my husband with me. He decided to stay in Savannah with someone else 4 years later when I decided to move to Maryland.Que Sera...
We are originally from Sydney, so being near a beach with warm weather all year round became quite important to us after 10 brutal winters in NY. We still love NY but have totally had it with the winters. We moved to Fort Lauderdale about 5 months ago and are still settling in. I think it will take some time. We live in downtown Fort Lauderdale which is about 40 mins walk/5 min drive to the beach. The location is great.
I'm getting the impression that there really is no place on the planet like NYC. I miss it terribly. However, I know I won't miss the winters and the snow, sleet, ice, and dreaded wind chill. I think the real pay off of being here will be from October through May when I'll be in shorts and sandals for the most part and be able to go swimming in the ocean, while everyone in New York with be rugged up with layer upon layer. The beach here is really beautiful and that's saying something from an ex-Aussie who has swum in some of the most magnificent beaches in the world in Australia. If you do move down here, you'll need a car for sure. There are many ex-New Yorkers here and a lot of transplants from other cold weather areas so it has a bit of a cosmopolitan feel.
I see you went to NY to pursue acting. I did the same thing :-) No longer acting though. I studied with Terry Schreiber.
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