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How do you keep up with news from NYC?

After 15 years living in Manhattan I moved to Boston (two years ago)...yet I still find myself wondering what is going on in the big city.  When I first moved I had a subscription to the New Yorker, but found that I would read the cartoon's and little else.

I watch my Facebook stream constantly to find out what is going…


Added by Mark Manne on April 26, 2012 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

This Really is Not Cool

It has suddenly occurred to me that it is really not normal for a city to change radically as New York has within the short span of the last two decades.  That is much less than one lifetime for the average person today.  This is not cool. 

Added by Elizabeth Doren on April 18, 2012 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

To Stay or Go?

Hello New Yorkers & Ex-New Yorkers,

I'm glad to have this opportunity to blog about this topic. It's been on my mind for a while now and I'm grateful to have found this site. Any comments are welcome.

I've lived in New York for almost 11 years. Out of the 11 years, two of the years I've lived elsewhere - a year in South America in 2008/09 and a year in LA in 2003/04. I've always returned to NYC but now I'm thinking of leaving for good.

There are some wonderful things…


Added by CMH on February 20, 2012 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

2 Years After Leaving New York

In July, 2010 I wrote a post about Asheville, my new hometown. And recently a reader asked how things were going, so it seems like a good time for an update.

We landed in Asheville in March 2010 - and a lot has happened in nearly 2 years!

Spring 2010
: Justin and I got engaged!

Summer 2010
: We rented a house, planted a garden, learned about…


Added by Anna on February 11, 2012 at 3:49pm — 2 Comments

Subway vs. Car

I lived in New York for over six years and for the most part, I think I hated the train.  I dreaded those rainy days when the windows would fog up on my morning commute and I could feel the sweat building up underneath my layers of clothing.  I hated people's armpits in my face and bags digging into my back.  I despised carrying a million bags with me if I had gym plans after work or needed to lug a laptop or something.  I yearned for my own commuting space and to be able to talk on my phone…


Added by Sarah Williams on January 19, 2012 at 3:02pm — 4 Comments

Leaving NYC but then running back

I have a friend who left NYC to go back down south because as she said, "it's just time to leave and find better things".  So she quit a very good job she had and left to live in Louisiana.  Well, can you believe that it hasn't even been 1/2 a year and I heard that she's back in NYC?  She claims to have missed not only the city life, but her friend whom she shared an apartment with.   She's now looking for a job.

Three of my aunts - after having lived in NYC all of of their…


Added by stormgal on December 12, 2011 at 9:44pm — 5 Comments

Notice anything different?

You may have noticed that we have re-named and re-designed the site to focus on the ex-New Yorker community! We are really excited about this new direction, and hope you are, too! Here's a bit more background on how we got to this point, and why we've made this shift.

When we launched this project in the spring of 2009, Mari had recently moved from New York to Boulder, and Anna was living in New York struggling with the idea of leaving. We wanted a way to explore that period of…


Added by LifeAfterNYC Admin on December 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How to find a new place to live

I've noticed a trend on this site. New people join and write a post that goes, "I'm thinking about leaving the city, and the other towns I'm interested in are A, B, and C. But how do I choose which is the best one for me?"

This is totally a fair question. And it's one of the questions Mari and I were exploring when we started this site in the first place.

But now I realize that there is only one real way to find a new town to call home: You must visit other…


Added by Anna on October 11, 2011 at 11:13pm — 3 Comments

Where to put down roots?

 I was trolling the internet, doing searches for best cities to live, or best creative towns, etc... and I stumbled here.  I just joined this site in hopes of gaining some insight about places people end up after new york.

I have lived here in brooklyn for 8 years.  I am an architect/designer,   I am originally from new mexico, and also lived in portland oregon, and providence, RI. 

I live in cobble hill and I love my neighborhood.  I really love brooklyn actually. …


Added by Amy Thornton on September 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Crying in public

I'm so tickled that someone wrote a piece in the New York Times about crying in public in NYC: Look at Me: I'm Crying, by Melissa Febos. (By the way, this is from a fun series called Townies.)

I cried many times in public - on the street, on the subway... once was shortly after I moved there and a large…


Added by Anna on May 17, 2011 at 6:41pm — 6 Comments

Is there an exodus from NY State?

This article from CBS New York claims there is:

Poll: 1 In 3 Young New Yorkers Plans To Move Out Of State

Added by Anna on May 13, 2011 at 10:06am — 5 Comments

We've all thought about leaving NYC, but have you ever thought about....

...leaving the entire country?

At the moment, I feel as if I need a big change in my life. But I have a very good job - even in this…


Added by stormgal on December 3, 2010 at 2:00pm — 17 Comments

Reflections on Leaving NYC

I'm heading back to NYC this week for a visit, which will coincide with my four month departure anniversary after living six years in New York. I can't get the city off of my mind and I'm excited and also a little nervous to be back. In some ways, I'm amazed at how quickly I've adjusted to life in Toronto, where I grew up but never lived as an adult, but in many ways my heart is still in NYC.

I left New York for both practical and aspirational reasons. Being a foreigner, my work was… Continue

Added by Julia Gray on November 27, 2010 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Back in Pennsylvania

Well here I am back in Erie Pennsylvania. Not only did I forget how dismal this place can be in the chilly weather, but completely forgot how miserable it is to live at my parents house.
I had to leave some of my belongings in BK and took a greyhound bus because I was unable to rent a car without an actual credit card (plus my wallet was stollen with everything in it on Halloween). When my mother asked me when I would return to get the rest of my things it dawned upon me that I am in…

Added by Katie Wnukoski on November 10, 2010 at 3:58pm — 7 Comments

Meet Other Ex-New Yorkers! In Person!

Feeling home-sick for witty banter and cynical attitudes? Tired of taking those expensive flights to The City just to be among actual New Yorkers? Meet them where you live instead!

We've compiled a list of ex-New Yorker groups that get together through Meetup. Whether it's gathering to watch a Jets game or to taste-test the local substitutes for a "New York slice," these groups can help you get your New York fix from the comfort of your own town.… Continue

Added by Anna on October 27, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Two weeks until departure...

So with two days left at work and a little over a week left to play in the city (wanted to have fun time before I left) I will be returning to my hometown of Erie PA. If you would have asked how I felt about this in late July when the weather was 104 degrees and I was trapped in my third floor inferno of an apartment, I would have been ecstatic to leave...but now that the boxes are beginning to fill up in the corner of my room and I have began to say goodbyes I fear that I may be making the… Continue

Added by Katie Wnukoski on October 21, 2010 at 2:33am — 3 Comments

you know it's going to be a bad monday when ... arrive at work to find this sign on the door of your office building.

I work part-time for a music festival, and for the past year or so, we've rented a small studio for our office in a building full of artist studios, and as we found out recently, some contraband residential spaces. Apparently, the Dept. of Buildings put up a less menacing notice last week, but…


Added by Nathan Koci on October 20, 2010 at 8:17pm — 1 Comment

20 hours in NYC

Between September 2000 and August 2008 I was never out of NYC for longer than a month. Then I decided I needed to go to grad school in Los Angeles and moved across the country. At around four months without a shot of NYC I would start to hit the crazy mark. This last dry spell has been the longest in ten years: an epic 7.5 months. I really can't complain too much about the last two months as they've been filled with some pretty amazing international travel, but now that I'm back in the US,… Continue

Added by Laura D on August 21, 2010 at 5:56pm — 9 Comments

My new hometown!

I have to say it happened more quickly than I expected. Sure, it took about 6 months, but I thought it would be years before we'd find a town good enough to call home after 9 years in the best city in the world.

But we did it! And that place is: Asheville, North Carolina.

This may not come as a shock, either to new friends on this web site due to my… Continue

Added by Anna on July 23, 2010 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Riding our bikes from Seattle to Portland

Seattle to Portland is sort of like a big thing here. Much more of a "thing" than I would have suspected before I moved here. The act of riding your bicycle from Seattle to Portland (roughly 205 miles) seems like a crazy fringe act. But it's not so fringe around here. It's actually popular. It's so popular that it sells out within days. And we're not talking like 500 registrations, they sell 10,000 registrations for the privilege of riding your bike for 16+ hrs over one weekend. Crazy,… Continue

Added by Adit Nathan on July 22, 2010 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

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