I've lived in Brooklyn, worked in Manhattan, rarely been to Queens, coasted through the Bronx, and touched my toes on Staten Island. I've had one experience of the city, and it is hardly representative. But it is still authentic.
Last days are never as profound as they appear on television.
The last day of February means one thing: Six months until I move. That's what this date has meant for most of my adult life. I thought I would be sticking around longer, but it turns out that the siren call of the road is just too enticing. Even New York City couldn't silence it. … Continue reading Six More Months in New York City
Moving to Brooklyn was not easy. In fact, it was by far the hardest apartment search I have ever conducted, far worse than Boston or Chicago. That should have been no surprise, but I was just not clued into how much more difficult it was going to be. We're talking exponential levels of difficulty. Let me tell you all about it.
Welp, the time has come for my annual tradition (of which I have many). Just as I gave my impressions of Nashville, Seattle and New Orleans, it's time to give Boston it's very own report card. As usual, I must give my caveats about subjective experience and the limits of any person to fully experience … Continue reading Boston: Final Thoughts on Bean Town
My year in New Orleans has come to its conclusion (can you believe it's been a full year?) and it's time for me to bite the bullet and discuss my experience.
Since moving to New Orleans in September, I've been struck by how very town-like this 'city' is. It's decidedly lacking in the metropolitan aura of Chicago or Seattle, or even San Francisco which, at not even 50 square miles, is tiny but feels big. (By contrast, New Orleans is nearly 170 square miles.) This is … Continue reading What Exactly Is New Orleans?