i thought i'd give a little update on my first two weeks living as a freelance photographer in new york city. moving from coast to coast is a big change, going from having a car to not is a big change, + leaving the solitary life of living alone to living with other people is a big change too. but i'm completely loving it. the adventure... the unknowns... all the new restaurants, bars, neighborhoods, stores to explore... i've been around long enough to know that most of the time it's all about who you know... so i've been one busy lady on the networking front. i've had about 20 meetings in the last two weeks with everyone from old seattle friends, friends of friends, and food stylists, art directors, producers, reps, PR people, marketing people, potential brides, + current clients. i felt really excited to book two weddings in my first week here, + am loving all the new people i'm meeting and friends i'm making. here's a couple of my first impressions with my new home....
- on my first day here i learned what a bodega was
- later that first day i was recommended to get the itrans NYC app. this was promised to be my most used app, + has proven so. i use it about 20 times a day + the biggest perk is that it works in the subway. FTW!
- i learned what a railroad apartment is.
- coffee places ask you if you want milk or sugar and put it in for you. hate that. + it really is milk... not 1/2&1/2.
- 50% of the people you see don't know where they're going either. + if you ask for directions, they'll have no idea what to tell you.
- i was so grateful to discover that wellfleet, MA oysters are just as delicious as PNW ones... i was very biased.
- don't go to the MOMA on rainy saturdays... that's everyone else's idea too... (but do get a MOMA membership)
- jaywalking is legal!
- NYC weather is officially bipolar. + when it rains, it pours.
- new yorkers like to reference places by always mentioning the cross streets said place is at. "you know, at 7th between W45th and W46th..." these references fall on deaf ears when you have no idea where 7th or W45th is.
- hasidic jews look like they're from another century, but listen to ipods on the subway.
- it's no wonder that people get mugged in NYC because most places are cash only. you have to have cash on you at all times. + it's true what i heard... some places are cash only or amex. true story.
- when i pick out what shoes i'm going to wear in the morning, my decision is based on how far i'll be walking that day. + yes, i've already become one of those that wears flats to + from the subways + stashes my heels in my purse.
anyone who knows me knows i heart me some good food + drink... so here's just a few of the places that i've been discovering...
lastly... and completely unrelated... thank god we're all going to get healthcare!