August 2009 Blog Posts (10)

Elk jerky at stoplight



Yes. That was the sign I saw yesterday. I stopped at the stoplight, but passed on the elk jerky. I passed it up for fresh cherry juice, which was good, but kind of tasted exactly like Pom. Elk jerky signs were definitely absent from my life in NYC. The equivalent probably would have been "DKNY sample sale--next block!"



I saw the bare-bones elk jerky ad while BIKING 28 MILES. 28 miles would be 27 more miles than I have ever biked… Continue

Added by Mari Brown on August 30, 2009 at 7:01pm — 8 Comments

I Smell NY



You have to check out this amazing piece in the Times - Scents and the City. The writer lists every scent he senses in each neighborhood of Manhattan. A couple of my favorites are "suburban shampoo" (Bowery), "faux-leather fanny pack" (Tribeca), and "mostly urine" (The Pay Phone Scent).



I think it's a unique tribute to… Continue

Added by Anna on August 30, 2009 at 10:33am — 1 Comment

NYC as Religious Experience?

I think I am a New Yorker for life. When I came, I adapted very quickly and never felt overwhelmed. I found a job, made good friends and started a relationship with the guy I eventually married all within a year and a half. I occasionally indulge in thinking that, everything in this city is annoying, but those thoughts actually become rarer as the years go on. I believe in New York as a place and a concept and I really think that “we” have a symbiotic relationship. If I don’t expend energy… Continue

Added by Liz Moran on August 28, 2009 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

Renting New York for a couple days.

I just flew back to Seattle after spending 10 days in the northeast. About half of that time was spent in the NYC area. It was a very good multi-purpose trip. I worked 2 days at my head office, saw family in New Jersey (yay family, ewww NJ...), saw a lot of good friends, and took a little road trip up to Montreal.



My first few hours in NY, I was surprised at how quickly I could fall right back into my old routines. There are a lot of little things I had to get used to when I moved… Continue

Added by Adit Nathan on August 26, 2009 at 3:09pm — 3 Comments

Petra Babilonia Acevedo, a New Yorker, Puerto Rican & my mother

You guys are incredible, this site is great! can I write about my mother and what she loved and hated about NYC? My mother Petra Babilonia Acevedo came to NYC when she was a young woman. With a few bags and 7 children she came to live @ the LES.



In the beginning she hated NYC, she left all her family in Puerto Rico.



Many times I saw my mother crying, she wanted so much to go home, she missed so much her family, especially her mother.

my mother had a huge family, 27… Continue

Added by Georgina Acevedo on August 25, 2009 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

my new york

i'm not leaving ny anytime soon. no place has ever felt more right to me. i came here to feel anonymous. not knowing everyone is a relief to me. overtime, i've built up a fantastic group of friends here. but on a daily basis, i ride the train, i walk the streets, i wait in line for a cup of soup, and i feel like everyone else and no one else at the same time. i'm part of a larger swell of movement, a wave through the city. i can't describe why this is liberating. just is. but i know who i am… Continue

Added by Rebecca Seltzer on August 25, 2009 at 11:27am — 8 Comments

Goodbye to all that...

You know how sometimes you don't realize you feel a certain way until someone else puts it into words? I recently had that experience reading Joan Didion's essay about her love affair with New York, "Goodbye To All That" (thanks, CT):



I cannot lay my finger upon the moment it ended, can never cut through the ambiguities and second starts and broken resolves to the exact place on the page where the… Continue

Added by Anna on August 21, 2009 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Baton Rouge....which is in no way New York

All around us are beautiful swamplands. There are three growing seasons a year, flowers all year round and no winter. Our favorite restaurant, Chelsea's, is in a building that looks like a giant barn, under a freeway overpass, among lush palm trees. They have live music every day and literary readings every month. Crawfish cakes and other crawfish concoctions are served at every restaurant and the spring Crawfish Season means bars serve trays of boiled crawfish and people have crawfish boils in… Continue

Added by Susan Kirby-Smith on August 14, 2009 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

The other blog you should be reading

A few months ago I stumbled upon Penelope Trunk's blog. I then spent the better part of a day reading her posts. I find them really addictive because they're smart, succinct, personal bits of advice on how to think about career and other nagging questions - like whether one should live in New York!



She has several posts that are spot-on fodder for this site.



1.… Continue

Added by Anna on August 12, 2009 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

The 12 steps to leaving New York

1. Consider leaving New York just a teeny tiny bit.



2. Get really excited about the potential of living outside of New York.



3. Get really scared of leaving New York.



4. Start an online project about the pros and cons of leaving New York with a friend, so you feel like less of a freak.



5. Decide that the best way to trick… Continue

Added by Anna on August 11, 2009 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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