THE BEST OF
|I used to stand at the windows of my first apartment on the Upper East Side and watch traffic on the FDR.
Wasn’t it just yesterday when I stood high above the FDR each day, staring at traffic 29 floors below? I ask myself daily, “Where has the time gone?”
I wrote this post right around the sixth-year anniversary of my move to New York. Now, unbelievably, I’ve been in NYC for more than seven years, and each year that passes seems to whiz by quicker than the one before. (I have yet to become a victim the seven-year itch, but stay tuned.)
Surely I’ve forged more memorable moments since I drafted this blog post in 2013, as most every day in the Big Apple holds potential for something extraordinary. From a day alone in the city to a scrumptious dinner date at a new restaurant, to an outdoor movie, or an afternoon adventure on Governor’s Island, there’s never a boring minute in NYC unless I want one. And even those occasions are far from mundane because the city always awaits.
As we move into the final weekends of summer, enjoy reading this post for the first time if you’re a newish follower, or for a second time if you’re a seasoned fan. I hope this might spark a fond memory of your own “New York moment,” or encourage you to create one soon.
|Here I am in 2007 with Raj in the lobby of our first apartment building. Best doorman ever!|
7 Most Extraordinary Moments from My New York Life
You might think there’s barely a dull moment in New York City, but not all days are filled with constant buzz and frenzied activity. In reality, after living in New York for a year or two, you’d probably settle in and get into a groove –– find yourself only eating, working, and sleeping some days, and almost forgetting that you live in NYC. That is, until you step outside your door.
Sometimes life in the city that never sleeps can actually be quiet. But other times, even those ho-hum activities –– like shopping at Zabar’s, walking the dog, or grabbing a quick bowl of Pho –– bring more excitement –– just because they happen in NYC. I like to call these “New York minutes.”
Although many of these minutes have happened over the past six-plus years, a few stand out in my memory more than others. No matter what I experience or how long I live here, I will never forget these seven moments from my New York life.
1. Arriving on the Upper East Side in 2007…
After the long drive from Georgia, I could hardly wait to be in NYC, if only to get out of the car and out of traffic! It was about 10:30 p.m. on a Sunday night in June; we unloaded the U-haul into the service entrance of our high-rise building on East 94th Street. After I carried everything into the apartment, including the dog and two cats, Michael returned the rental truck while I ordered Chinese food and stared at the East River. After 28 long years of dreaming the dream, I made it to New York.
|I woke up to this view on my first morning in New York.|