My New York Life

Whenever I talk to anyone about my move to New York for the summer, everyone asks me, "Are you taking advantage of the city?"and my answer is always "definitely" but I think I am taking advantage of New York in ways that are different than a lot of people might expect. Some people have this idea that my life is really glamorous (it's not, and I have no idea where you people are getting this idea) and I'd like to tell you about how I am actually enjoying the city. Prepare to cast away all ideas of my supposed high-class jetsetting metropolitan lifestyle you may have unfoundedly concocted. Mostly I'm just a girl with an iPhone and some crazy ambitions.

I love my roommate, Ariel, first of all. She's a super cool recent art school grad going into graphic design. She helps me not get as lost in the city and we are buddies in adventures such as cooking and shopping.

Cleaning day in the apartment, aka the day of never-ending tears
aka The Sofa Fiasco
We watch a lot of netflix together. Mostly Disney movies and Pretty Little Liars, to be honest. Most of our days are spent with me at work, her working on her portfolio and then we eat dinner and live on our couch and hang out. It's good times, and anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't know the true comfort of friendship. Ariel has also introduced me to some of her friends so I have people to hang out with who are awesome.

Girls Night In with Mark, who is not a girl, but since we gave him a beer
he ended up watching Pretty Little Liars with us anyway.
I try to cook a bit more often than she does since she ends up doing more housework on the cleaning side since she just happens to be home while I'm in the office. Usually we kinda end up cooking together with one person leading the charge.

One time, Ariel surprised me with bacon pancakes for breakfast!
Soft Taco!
I also enjoy eating yummy food out. New York has a lot to offer in terms of deliciousness.

salmon + avocado salad at Yakitori Taisho
schmores cookie at broadway staple, Schmackary's Cookies
sausage + mushroom + garlic pizza at Adrienne's Pizza Bar

I've been having a great time spending my time with great people in the City. Shopping, going to shows, or just eating, I have been having a wonderful time getting to know the people who make this city wonderful.

I went to Half Hour 3, a dinner concert that showcased some of the great understudies on Broadway. I went with my other Newsie fan friends, aka fansies. We like to call ourselves a famsie, and they've definitely been super welcoming to me! We've hung out and everyone has been way nice and sweet.

The show was amazing too. I saw a lot of talent I hadn't seen before who were so amazing it almost hurt, and I got to see my favorite Newsie, now working on other projects, Mike Faist. This bonus number he did with his replacement, Adam Kaplan (aka the face) brought down the house. I about died.

Speaking of Newsies, I also went to dinner at Schnipper's with LaVon Fisher Wilson, my favorite current cast member and an amazingly inspiring and hilarious woman. I'm sure you can only imagine how hard I geeked out about it!

I also got to see the amazing Chloe Angelides perform at a concert where she opened for Josh Krajcik, the runner-up from the first season of The X Factor. She was amazing as usual, and I happened to go with my new friend Joey Danger, a producer, so I introduced them. Chloe and I went to high school together and this was the first time I'd seen her since graduation where we both had solos in our graduation song (she is way more talented than I will ever be).

That video's not from the performance me and Joey went to, but she's consistently amazing. Definitely check her music out. By far one of the most talented people I've ever met, and as amazing live as you'd hear from a recording. We got rained on, but it was still a fantastic night!

me + Joey Danger
As ya'll know, I'm not much of a "partier"-- I don't drink, and I like to be in environments where I can trust that people will in general will be on good behavior. It's why at school I don't really hit frat parties, but I love going to events like College Fashion Week in Raleigh. I don't live the high-paced, club-hopping, glamorous life. I never needed to have a fake ID since I didn't drink and in Colonial Williamsburg, there weren't any clubs I felt I was missing out on. Now that I'm in New York, though, there are more things I know I'm missing. I missed out on a great poetry slam since I couldn't get into the bar hosting it. Sigh. Sometimes I feel like I embarked on this adventure a year too early-- but I guess there's always next year.

That said though, there's definitely no shortage of crazy!

Do you even know how long I was walking behind this man before I even
realized he was carrying a live snake? He's not even the only one I've seen
pounding the pavement with a live snake wrapped around him in the 3 weeks
I've been in the city.
This city is intense, vibrant, and loud-- and I've been described in similar ways. Maybe that's why me and New York get along so well. I'm not partying it up but I definitely am living it up in the city. It's an adventure that I have been so lucky to take on at 20. I'm not sure exactly where I see myself post-grad, so I took this summer as an opportunity to try out life in the city so nice, they named it twice. It's somewhere I'm considering living once I start building my own life and career. So far, it's been pretty great, apart from everything being expensive. (What can you do?) Cereal costing $6 isn't the worst crime a city has forced me to endure (it's up there though).

How are you spending your summer?


  1. Congratulations on the opportunity to be in New York! It sounds like you are having the time of your life. The city is always described as being too hectic so this post has definitely opened my eyes to a whole new side of the city.


  2. Sounds like you're enjoying the city! This summer I'm in Massachusetts with a friend to look at colleges (post grad), network, and just have fun. We passed through NY the first day, but are planning to go back again. I'm not really into musicals, but I would love to see the Lion King or Potter Head (not sure if it's a musical, but . . .) while I"m here.

    Great post!

  3. So cool! I get to go to NYC the week before I go back to school- Your blog gives me ideas for things to do! :)