The offices of New York, at Varick and Canal Streets, sit right on the border of Zone A and Zone B, in a corner of downtown where the lines on the evacuation map synced uncannily with the boundary between wet and dry last Monday night. That location also put our building in the part of the city that would spend the rest of the week without electricity, an eventuality that the magazine proved unprepared for, especially when Sandy severely complicated access to our backup servers in New Jersey.
hahahha I think I quote this every time I see a Sbarro in New York. Classic Michael Scott
So basically tonight I drank beer on a boat sailing past the Statue of Liberty while the sky did this. #NYC you are really something special.
Cat-ue of Liberty (Taken with Instagram)
One year in NYC
A year ago today I moved to New York City. I remember being pretty scared. I had wanted it for a long time but I also knew I probably wasn’t ready. I had just graduated from college a few days before, had no money saved, only a part time internship, and my housing plans had fallen through at the last minute so I didn’t even really have a place to live. I figured I’d make it about a month - a summer, max - then I’d go back home and try something else. But every time I was ready to give up New York threw a new opportunity my way.
I grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and went to college in the heart of Appalachia so moving here was a shock to my system in every way imaginable. Everything moves so fast, every person on the street is different from the next and each day has something completely new to offer. I’m constantly learning and growing and not even on purpose, you just kind of have to in order to keep up. I will say that I still take touristy photos of the Empire State Building, still ask for directions regularly and still get starstruck every time I walk past a movie set. I’m humbled daily when I see the skyline on my morning commute and I’m still in awe of Times Square even though I’ve been there 100 times. That’s what I love about New York - it’s so magnificent that you could never get bored, but living in a place like that also has the ability to bring you back down to earth.
I spent the majority of this week in Chicago on a business trip and flying back into LaGuardia tonight I saw the city lit up from the sky (pictured above) just like I did last year and I felt the same excitement, even if I was a little afraid of it the first time. It’s amazing to me how much I’ve had to grow up in just a year and how much I’ve learned about the world and about myself. For the first time in my life I am truly, genuinely very proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished and to me being able to admit that is an accomplishment in itself. I have NYC to thank for that and I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store.
These are pictures I took on July 4th of the sunset over the Hudson River (and reflected in a few of the buildings). I’m a sucker for sunsets but this might be the prettiest one I’ve ever seen!