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Being Sick in NYC

I drafted the post below about 6 months before I left New York, and for some reason never posted it. But I was reminded of it today, since I have a "summer cold" and am realizing how different the experience of being sick is in NYC vs. elsewhere. Since I now live in Asheville, NC (more on that later!), I'm actually doing today what I dreamed about doing then: laying on my lawn chair in the front yard, sipping my "throat coat" tea, and enjoying the glorious…


Added by Anna on July 10, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Escape from LA

It's official. I'm leaving Los Angeles on June 19. I won't miss it at all.

Sure, I have friends I've made here in the past two years, whom I'll certainly miss. But the truth is that I never really found my community here, and it was not for lack of trying.

And the other truth is that, while I may defiantly defend my lack of car ownership and driving skills to anyone who'll listen, it's worn me down. The logistics of simple things like buying cat litter or going to a dinner… Continue

Added by Laura D on June 6, 2010 at 2:11am — 2 Comments

Food, food, food.

I'm not a "foodie." I think that that term has some negative connotations and implies a certain level of obsession and snobbishness.

I really like food though. I may even love food.

With some major exceptions, I feel like you can find great food anywhere. Of course there's GREAT food in New York, but there's something delicious to be found anywhere and everywhere.

Here are some things… Continue

Added by Adit Nathan on May 26, 2010 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

you know we've all thought of this at some point...

But now some enterprising soul has finally done it! From Gothamist:

Added by Laura D on May 21, 2010 at 9:57pm — 3 Comments

London vs. NYC is the grass always greener?

Originally from the midwest I went to London on a study abroad trip through college and it was the first city I fell in love with completely. It's rich history and progressive art and music culture instantly made me swoon plus not to mention all the cute men with the british accents and young mick jagger looks. Everything there was just so effortlessly cool. After graduating I couldn't move back there fast enough. Lucky enough I got a company to sponser me and I got a work visa to work legally… Continue

Added by wanderlust on May 21, 2010 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

I think its time to leave

I love NY but i think it's time to leave. I started think about moving shortly after my twins turned 1. Having 4 kids in a 2 bedroom apartment is just crazy. There's clothes and toys every where. I need a bigger apartment or perhaps a house but we can't afford to provided that in NY, so it's time to leave. I want te best for my family and just feel NY won't provided that. Now the problem is where to move. We are looking into Virginia or Maryland. I'm just lost. Don't know where to go, where to… Continue

Added by jmela on May 12, 2010 at 5:40pm — 3 Comments

One Man's Quarter is Another Man's Candy

For their final paper, quite a few of my students are choosing to investigate romantic longing and how it manifests in this term's assigned texts. At the same time, I'm getting around to writing creative non-fiction about my six years living in New York City.

A 2000 article by Jayeeta Bagchi in the Social Scientist entitled "Looking For Reality in Romance" posits that trashy novels still maintain a toe-hold in this world:…


Added by Rebecca Myers on April 23, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

ITLANY Hosts Bagel Brunch for Ex-New Yorkers in Boulder

Hi all - Thanks to those from Boulder who turned out for the Bagel Brunch yesterday at Lindsay's Deli. Mari and I were on hand to help coordinate the festivities. We had about 20 people, bagels, lox, New York Times, New Yorker magazines, coffee and mimosas.

The conversation got started around which section of the Times one read first - as you can see in the nametag picture below. On first attempt, I wrote "Style/Week in Review," but when I proceeded to reach directly for the… Continue

Added by Laura Rich on April 12, 2010 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

I love mountains

About a month ago, we wrapped up our time in Austin. Everyone told us we were crazy to leave when we did - right before SXSW, glorious warm spring weather, and bluebonnets blooming. The problem was we couldn't find an affordable place to rent because of SXSW, and we happened to get a house sitting gig near Asheville, NC (our next planned stop) so the choice was fairly easy.

So in the beginning… Continue

Added by Anna on April 7, 2010 at 12:33pm — 3 Comments

pancake city

Los Angeles is a horizontal city. It has features in common with many desert and/or western cities: it's big, sprawling and flat. This produces numerous urban phenomena that seem strange to me, having only lived in vertical cities (New York) and small, contained eastern cities (Baltimore). Here are two:

1. Helicopters. I'm sure the NYPD has helicopters, but only an insane person or an action movie director would dream of a police helicopter chase through New York City. But the… Continue

Added by Laura D on March 23, 2010 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

My Life in Geography

How do the places we've lived define us? Where we were born versus where we choose to reside? By way of my introduction on this blog, let's explore.

I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, a city perhaps best known as the location of the HBO crime drama The Wire. Baltimore is 65% Black. My neighborhood was entirely white. At the opposite end of the neighborhood from our house were multimillion-dollar homes belonging to people who were most definitely not in the same class as us. Our house… Continue

Added by Laura D on March 18, 2010 at 1:04am — 3 Comments

Perpetual Impermanence

Came across this article in the Times today called The Psychology of Moving, and it reminded me of something I've been thinking.

When we decided to do this travel thing, the focus was on the upheaval we would experience, how we would be breaking out of our settled lives in NYC. How would we deal with the lack of permanence?

But once we left, I realized that I had never felt truly… Continue

Added by Anna on March 1, 2010 at 3:21pm — 4 Comments

Friday Night = Wig Shopping

My last two Friday nights have begun the same way--with a trip with my fiance to The Ritz costume shop to pick up a wig for a costume party. Two weeks ago, he found a Mick Jagger wig and I found an Edie Sedgwick-or-just-mod-girl one for an Andy Warhol Factory Party I threw with my friends to celebrate our shared birthdays. (We covered an entire room in silver mylar, another in aluminum foil, set up a "Screen Test" area, and had a live video feed between the various rooms. Epic.) This past… Continue

Added by Mari Brown on February 15, 2010 at 2:38am — 2 Comments

New York I love you, but...

The city of New York is so many things. More, probably, than a single person can find out even by living there an entire lifetime. There must be one different image of that city for every person who ever heard it’s name mentioned. Almost everyone has their own version in their heart of the city of New York.

Before I moved there, I had visited New York once before, for about a week. That time just flew by in a swirl, and I can honestly say that I don’t remember that much very… Continue

Added by Hermione on February 3, 2010 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

Let’s Hang Out At Strip Malls!

On a recent Friday night, my lovely fiancée came home and said he’d like to take me to dinner. “Great!” I said. Let’s go someplace new, he said. “Great great!” I said. “You’ve never been to that Indian place in Basemar,” he said. “No,” I said, excited. I love Indian food. I once ate Indian food for 21 days straight, and I could have kept going.

I was so distracted by my excitement about the Indian food that I didn’t really pay attention to the fact that “Basemar” was the location he… Continue

Added by Mari Brown on January 31, 2010 at 10:20pm — 3 Comments

From World (NYC) Citizen to US Citizen

For Christmas, J and I drove to Atlanta (his hometown) and stayed there for a week. This was the first time we traveled anywhere from our adopted, temporary home of Austin. The whole trip was entirely New York-less, but the city was on my mind the whole time...

1. As any New Yorker will tell you, one of the best things about living in NYC, is leaving NYC from time to time. It can make Ohio or Oregon feel like Disneyland - huge grocery stores! dishwashers! uninterrupted sleep!… Continue

Added by Anna on January 12, 2010 at 5:37pm — 5 Comments

Life After Equinox, Part I: New Beginnings

I never used to worked out all that much - some morning stretching/easy yoga and the very occasional yoga class. Otherwise, mine was a typical New Yorker workout: miles on foot to and fro around the city.

And then I discovered Equinox: From the first moment I walked in, the air, enhanced by a potent burst of eucalyptus, triggered the happy gene. My head became all buzzy. I was positively high and I was hooked, $175/month fee be damned because I was so freaking happy!!

My… Continue

Added by Laura Rich on December 31, 2009 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

I miss Astoria (and you can live there!)

The fact that I miss Astoria is unsurprising seeing as I currently live in Saudi Arabia. Open air cafes, thrift stores, the subway, Greek restaurants, a bazillion bagel shops and the riverfront park would be nice right now (though I would not trade a blistering cold winter for the temperate winter weather in Riyadh.)

Luckily I can live vicariously through you, because you could live in Astoria. My sister is moving to Paris for half of the year and she and her husband have one of the… Continue

Added by Mimi on December 18, 2009 at 4:18am — No Comments

Photos of Ex-New Yorker Holiday Happy Hour in Boulder!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Is There Life After New York event at Bombay Bistro on Dec. 15. Here's the evidence of what $5 Manhattans and a bunch of ex-New Yorkers can lead to... (if the pictures look a little blurry to you - well, it's not the camera... ;)

Sign up for Is There Life After New York - click here!

Dan Speigler, (please… Continue

Added by Laura Rich on December 17, 2009 at 1:57am — 2 Comments

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