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This reminds me why I moved to NYC to begin with (Before I left)

go to New York

skip the first three paragraphs

Added by Mark Manne on June 19, 2014 at 9:32am — No Comments

Life after New York when living in Western New York and then life in New York again!

Such a strange feeling. Lived in NYC, then joined this site as the ex-New Yorker when living NY far Upstate (Western New York), and then returned to NYC! I'm not the ex anymore for the time being. What a circle! Did somebody come back to NYC after 4 or so years away? What do you feel? :)

Added by Kotik on March 23, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Art Happenings and Happening Art: Part 1

This is a mash-up of artwork currently on view in NYC that intrigue me... 

...because they explore the immigrant history of NY through two communities: the Latino Americans and the Chinese Americans. I haven't viewed these in person but just reading about them piqued my curiosity. …


Added by Aradhana Panicker on November 4, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

40 things I have learned since moving from NYC four years ago

some good, some bad.  Feel free to add your own in the comments

  1. Nothing is close and you have to drive everywhere
  2. I am the fastest walker in my new city
  3. When I go back to NYC I feel like I am walking in slow motion
  4. Mass Transit complaints are universal
  5. You have to go out and find what you love.  In NYC out of sheer volume, sooner or later what you love presents itself.   Other places you have to go look for it
  6. Being from NYC gives you…

Added by Mark Manne on October 30, 2013 at 2:02pm — No Comments

I see your Eiffel Tower and raise you an Empire State.

Disclaimer: You can't help but sound showy when mentioning Paris. This isn't intended to sound snooty. Also, a week in Paris isn't enough to get a full picture of the place but NY endows you with a discriminating mind (and I don't mean it as a bad thing as the Buddhists view it).…


Added by Aradhana Panicker on October 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Anna on August 1, 2013 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

Boredom in the Boroughs

Photo courtesy of Susan Sermoneta

To outsiders and to people who are…


Added by Anna on July 23, 2013 at 9:16pm — 2 Comments

New York to Texas

The universe seems to be re-assuring me that my decision to move to Austin is the right one. At least I'm more likely to come across some people I have something in common with!

Numbers Spike of New Yorkers Packing for Texas

Added by Jenn on March 1, 2013 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Great Gifts for Ex-New Yorkers

Hi Everyone,

I am an ex-new yorker (lives IN Boston) and have contributed a bunch of my thoughts to this site.  If you miss NYC as much as me (or know someone who does) you may be interested in my new photography business.

Basically, give us a location in NYC (your favorite bar, apartment building, bench in Central Park) and we will take photos of it. You will see 5-10 photos (we always take one of the…


Added by Mark Manne on November 26, 2012 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts after Sandy

East Coast friends, I'm glad you're dry and safe and I hope your homes and stuff aren't too damaged. Here are some thoughts.

I lived in New York for 15 years and before that was born and raised all over New Jersey. The pictures of flooded places I see on the internet are of enormous personal significance to me: Philly, The Jersey Shore, Hoboken, Jersey City, The Lower East Side, Brooklyn Bridge

 Park, DUMBO, Greenpoint, Gowanus, Midtown Manhattan,…

Added by Jason Grote on November 5, 2012 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

Things I have learned after moving from NYC

Now that I have been out of NYC for almost three years, I thought I would write a follow up to my last post. Some good things, some bad.  Feel free to add whatever you think I am missing, this is a work in progress.

  1. Never compare your current city to NYC.  It just isn’t fair.
  2. Being an ex-New Yorker, by default makes you the fastest walker.
  3. Other cities sleep.  I never knew that some diners aren’t open 24 hours.  Some are only open for…

Added by Mark Manne on August 2, 2012 at 2:26pm — 3 Comments

Job Hunting Out of State: Jump and the Net Will Appear?

Hi everyone! I'd love to pick your brains about how to handle an out-of-state job hunt. As someone who leans toward the responsible, play-it-safe approach to big life changes, securing a job before I move would be ideal. However, it seems like such a long shot to get any employers to take you seriously with a NYC address. And how do you handle interviews when you're not yet a resident of your desired city? Then again, the idea of arriving in my new city and job hunting is pretty scary too...…


Added by Jess K on July 19, 2012 at 11:24am — 7 Comments

Cultural Differences

I'm in Jacksonville, FL for my husband's job.  I love it here - my cute old tropical walled garden that is cuter than any resto in the easy commute, etc.  What has been hard for me is relating to people!  I say things, and I feel like people look at me like I have 3 heads.  If I knew what I was doing wrong, I could change, but I don't know!  I wonder if it's because I'm too open, critical, or straightforward?  I know I'm not crazy because when I go back to the city, I…


Added by Claire Elizabeth on June 24, 2012 at 8:54pm — 3 Comments

Where should we go?

I've lived in Brooklyn for the last 7 years, and my fiancé has been here for 10.  We've started talking about leaving.  We love it here, but let's be honest, it's not an easy place to live.  We visit friends in other cities and envy their huge apartments and cheap (in comparison) rent but can't imagine ourselves living in those places.  I've been a bartender the entire time I've lived here and have found it really hard to find a job that isn't in the service industry.  I am thankful that I…


Added by Michelle on May 31, 2012 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Have taken the first step...

Well guys, I have finally succeeded in taking the first step to leave NYC.  I do this with a bit of sadness but excitement at the same time:    Last year, I had applied for permanent residency in Australia, and just yesterday evening, after massive paperwork, health and police checks, I was approved and received the grant!  I am now the equivalent of a US "green card" holder (this is so funny - what me, a green card holder? lol).  Anyway, I still can't believe that my application was…


Added by stormgal on May 30, 2012 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

A song about leaving NYC

"New York City's Killing Me" by Ray Lamontagne

There's just soemthin' about this hotel

Got me wishin' I was dead.

Got to get out of New York City,

Somewhere I can clear my head.

I was just kickin' along…

Added by Courtney De on May 29, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Driving outside of New York City

If I'm driving in a new place, I'm confident that I'm the biggest jerk on the road, simply because I learned to drive in New York. I think that if you can drive in New York City, then you can take on the world. Driving through Times Square alone deserves some sort of special recognition.

The biggest difference I've noticed about driving in NYC versus driving in other states is how other motorists respond to emergency vehicles. Ever seen an ambulance trying to get down a busy…

Added by Courtney De on May 22, 2012 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments

Viva Las Vegas?

Has anyone visited here? What did you think about it? Las Vegas is one of my favorite places. I've visited three times: the first time for my twenty-first birthday, the second time as a graduation present a few years later and the third time in April of this year. I enjoy the sights…


Added by Courtney De on May 22, 2012 at 5:13pm — 4 Comments

What I learned while living in NYC

I wrote and emailed this to my friends a few days after I moved from NYC to Boston.  Since then I have added to it in a sperate thread (on Facebook, but with the new timeline it is gone).  THought you may enjoy it, feel free to add stuff.



Added by Mark Manne on April 26, 2012 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

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