This statement is going to upset a few people. Leaving NYC will probably be the hardest thing I have ever done. Since I was a kid I dreamed of living in New York City. At the time, I thought it was a pipe dream. Then 2005 I started interning at NBC in 30 Rock. In 2007 I started working at NBC full time. Then in 2009 I moved to the Upper East Side. Sure, on paper, I only lived with Olivia, Jmac, and Nisa, but I also count Joyce, Ostrowe, Phoebe, Zestys, LB, and Ben among my roommates.
Everything you need to know about New York can be found in these two quotes
What makes a New Yorker is not religion not money and not looks. It’s not even talent. It’s the willingness to be part of life.
This is from a StreetEasy ad I saw on the subway:
“Sure your window faces a brick wall, but you know what is behind that wall? New York City”
To make matters worse, I’ve spent the last two months thinking about all the things I am going to miss. This will be constantly updated.
Knowing exactly what door to stand in front of on the subway
That feeling of flying into NY and watching the tourists gawk thru the window. Then secretly gawking yourself
Duane Reade at 4AM. Even if it is on me
Avoiding Time Square.
And Port Authority
Everything about Central Park
Hearing people say they could never live in NY
Converting one bedroom apts into two bedrooms just to be able to live here
Not needing a car
6 supermarkets and 5 pharmacies within 4 blocks of your apartment
Recognizing places in movies and TV shows filmed in NYC
People. You know you are all in this together
You can walk everywhere
Knowing how to pronounce Houston Street
Tourists asking you for direction because you look like you know what you are doing
If you go to a bar or restaurant that sucks, you can go to a different place everyday for a year and still never go back
Syracuse bars. So many Syracuse bars
Those times when the local runs express to 86th street
Watching the city transform before your very eyes
Being a free hostel for acquaintances who want to live the NY dream for a night. Or six.
Seeing two guys carrying a rolled up carpet somewhere into the unknown
Keeping pace with the aura of the city
I’ve never been in the cool crowd. But, living in NY makes you feel like you are in an exclusive club with 9 million people.
Pretending to not pay attention to the break dancers on the subway
Times Square comedy shows (kidding)
Everything premieres in New York for a reason
Staying in the city during long weekends. It’s like you have the run of the place
Enjoying the things tourists don’t
Ignoring the things tourist enjoy
The people. Nothing like a stranger calling you a fucking idiot to keep you humble
I miss her so much already.
Hutter gets things done
Hutter’s Ties: Fatto a Mano
A lot going on at Table 21
The lack of movement from Rick & Trustey is super creepy
If you don’t want to look into the sun that is Trustey’s LinkedIn photo shoot, turn away now
Three Quarters of the way through the 2015 version of 87 Degrees of Duran Duran, I found myself three quarters of the way through the music video for Semi Charmed Life. In what could have been Exhibit H in the case proving that I really did get a concussion on Wednesday night, I found myself thinking: “I don’t think I have ever seen this music video before.” Being that I love SCL so much that we are on an acronym basis with each other, NC really didn’t think this could be possible. Regardless, why not take this opportunity to record my experience of watching SCL for the first time a second time.
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One of the great reoccurring bits in Hollywood is one very few people know about. Virtually every time Paul Rudd is on Conan promoting a new movie, he teases a clip from said film and instead plays the same clip from the legendary 1988 film Mac and Me. The clip features a boy in a wheelchair, uncontrollably flying down a hill until he flies off a cliff into a lake. If that sounds insensitive, yes, it is. AND to top it off, the clip ends with an poor excuse for the 1980s animatronic alien popping frame. This is not a joke.
At work, Karen and I carry the Paul Rudd/Mac and Me torch, but one day it was revealed that neither of us had actually seen the movie. In a perfectly executed call back, she got me the movie for my birthday. As promised, here is the running diary of the first time I watched Mac and Me
Sunday December 28
00:00:00 – Look at this menu page. Just glorious. How can you not be excited to press play. This is the Manifest Destiny of menu pages. The unknown lies before us, but it can only hold great things. Side Note: Based on the abundance of dogs in the background of that picture, I’m going to say that is a bit of subliminal foreshadowing.
Here we go.
Back in August, I was invited to a Premier League match. I was given a list to choose from, but I didn’t have think about the choice for long. November 8. Liverpool v Chelsea. While I claim Spurs as my PL team, Anfield was easily on the top of my PL bucket list. You’ll Never Walk Alone is spine tingling on TV. So in person it has to be epic.
As with every trip I make overseas, as soon as I committed to the match, I started trying to figure out how to maximize my time. Every year, I try to limit my days off in order to have no problem tacking vacation on to business trips like this one. I realize I am very fortunate to have this opportunity, so I might as well take advantage while I still can.
After much brainstorming, I put together a pretty solid plan. The goal is always simple. See cool things. Go cool places.
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In Case You Missed It
- Best parts of Being a New Yorker from a soon to be Former New Yorker
- Super .gif: The Poppers Wedding
- A Semi Charmed Running Diary
- .gif Party: UES Snow Storm
- The Mac & Me Running Diary
- NY State of Shop: Paris WTC
- NY State of Shop: TD Yankee Jesus
- NY State of Shop: Lower Manhattan Eiffel
- Seven Cities in Seven Days
- The Return of the Super Gif: Cold Spring