Anniversary in Manhattan

I think it’s entirely acceptable to celebrate living in a new place.  Even if it is only 2 months.  May there be many more 🙂

IMG_0460This is my friend Laura, looking out over the high-line on our weekly run.

  • Avoid all tourist traps.  For traveling to the highline, go early.  Like 7am early when it opens and there are only a few people wandering around.
  • Learn to order in.  There’s a great website called that could save your life.  At least during the dead of winter. Or so I hear 😉
  • Most New Yorkers don’t have a driver’s license.  Isn’t that crazy? Then again, the public transportation is superb, so there really isn’t need for one.  Sort of reminds me of the “Mindy Project” episode where Danny finally gets a license.


  • Travel to Central Park as often as you can.  It’s a happy place and while it’s sometimes full of tourists, it’s a breath of fresh air (literally) from the city.
  • There is no shame in taking tourist trips – Statue of Liberty, the Strand Bookstore, Times Square (Although, people who have lived here for much longer may disagree with this. Go to Times Square sparingly because it is SWARMING with people who don’t know how to walk properly)


  • Shopping in Trader Joe’s is a battle.  Be armed and ready for what awaits.  Know that it will take you at least 30 minutes to get through and I mean AT LEAST.  The trick is to grab a basket, jump in line, and order while you are in line.
  • Another trick is to go with a friend and switch off browsing TJ’s best while you don’t lose your place in line.
  • New Yorkers may be known for being rough and tough, but if you are nice to them, chances are they will reciprocate.  🙂 Treat those as you would like to be treated and all’s good.


IMG_0936“I just kept on doing what everyone starts out doing. The real question is, why did other people stop?” – William Stafford

15 thoughts on “Anniversary in Manhattan

  1. yess the mindy project reference! love the pictures too – beautiful. lol the points about TJs makes me appreciate my own one so much more! it gets a little crowded which of course i complain in my head about but never that crazy.

  2. I laughed at everything you said about TJs. The one here is crowded at peak times but it is never that bad. I’m usually in and out within 10-15 minutes! I want to be a tourist with you one weekend and explore everything that is quintessentially “New York”

  3. You have this uncanny ability to make me want to move to a city I’ve NEVER wanted to move to before – and your gorgeous pictures are definitely a part of that 🙂

    After two months, how are you enjoying it? CA to NY is a big move – do you think you’ll stay? Okay, really personal questions, but I’m always kind of in awe of people who can do those sorts of things and seem right at home in a totally foreign place. I wish I had that ability.

    • Why thank you! It’s a city that can rub people the wrong way, but luckily I’ve kept thinking of the positive things I love rather than the things I miss from home and of course California. Winter will be interesting, but one day at a time. I’ll absorb all the holiday cheer and think that hte cold may make it that much more holiday-esque

      It’s a huge move but I’m soaking up the experience and add it all up to learning. I’ll certainly be back on the west coast at some point.

    • It’s all a matter of will and drive and I think everyone has the ability to try something new! Of course, having a well paying job and support will help 😉

  4. haha i LOVE your tips! and you, my dear, see to be fitting in quite lovely with those new yorkers! not everyone can make it there. you should be proud. 🙂

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