goodbye ny



Shortly before we moved here from the South, Luke and I listened to this wonderful book by a lifelong native of NYC. We hoped it would acclimate us to the city and give us a bit of insight to understand, navigate, and experience it the best we could. At the time I found it difficult to really hear what the author was saying as he described locations and street names I'd never heard of or seen. Now that we're leaving, it seems only fitting to listen to the book again. After our time living nearby and frequently visiting the city, the stories are so much easier to place in my mind.

I'll miss New York. A year and a half isn't nearly long enough to even begin to get to know such a vast and interesting place. But we did our best to take advantage of the time we lived so close to this magical city, and I will always remember it.


View of the skyline before entering the Lincoln Tunnel

Honey at the Union Square GreenmarketRooftops and old lettering

The Tree at Rockefeller Center

New York TimesCommutingScenes from my only jog in the city

Lower Manhattan from the FDR highway

Walking on the High Line
Grand Central Terminal
Empire State sights
Manhattan Bridge from DUMBO, BrooklynPretty brownstones near the Paperfinger studio
Luke and I at Brooklyn Bridge Park

25th birthday

My 25th birthday was seriously wonderful. I'm so blessed with a husband who was incredibly over-the-top in his thoughtfulness and kindness and love all weekend, an amazing family who sent me treats, wonderful friends who called/texted/facebooked and everyone who went out of their way to wish me well! Thank you so much to you all.

I thoroughly advise having your birthday on a Sunday so you can call that weekend "birthday weekend." It was very effective. Some people try to pull off the whole "birthday week" shenanigan, and I commend them. But in my experience, those around you will begin to feel suspect and it's hard to keep it going. Oh, but birthday WEEKEND is perfect. It will go something like this:

Wake up on Saturday and it will be a gorgeous, flawless day. Your husband will announce that it is birthday weekend and then treat you to a latte and a delicious egg sandwich (you all know how I love egg sandwiches!) from a local establishment. Then you will take a leisurely walk on some local trails. That will be the perfect start to birthday weekend.

Although your husband will have to spend the day in class and you the afternoon catching up on work, you will pick up on birthday festivities later on at your friend's band's show. Good music, good friends, good times.

On Sunday, don't worry if you get a little frustrated trying to decide what to wear to church as you rush to get out the door. It won't ruin your brithday. It's a perfect day outside and you'll get a pour-over coffee before church even though it makes you 7 minutes late. Your friend's band is now the worship band at church, score. Your pastor will give a rockin' sermon from the end of the book of John. You will be so happy you go to this church on your birthday. After it leaks to several people that it is your birthday, you'll get some birthday hugs. Yay!

THEN it will come to your attention that there is a Nyack street fair today! You'll get birthday treats from the street fair! There is too much awesomeness in this day. After that, you and your husband will spend the rest of the day in New York walking, shopping, and ultimately eating one of the best meals of your life. Holy smokes. This birthday rocks.


Here are some birthday photos!

High Line above / Chelsea Market below

The Chelsea Market was one of the coolest places ever!

Spying on some bakers

Relaxing in Madison Square Park

Ready for dinner!

We went to Craft for dinner thanks to Doug and Phyllis Gaerte who generously gave us a gift card! THANK YOU SO MUCH DOUG AND PHYLLIS! I cannot even form words that describe how good the food was. We both got seafood and had ramps for the first time (highly recommend them). I got scallops and Luke got swordfish. There was a creamy, lemony, incredible risotto that we enjoyed too. And they personalized a menu for my birthday! That was a fun surprise. I came back from the bathroom and there it was. I thought Luke had called in beforehand, but he said he had not, and then we realized they must have seen my tweet! Are you kidding me Craft?


So that's my birthday in a nutshell. I feel so happy and blessed by all the love shown to me this past weekend. Thank you! I love you! I'm excited to be 25. WOW, I just had that moment when it really dawns on you that you are your age...I'M 25! How did this happen?!?



Seen | A Year in New York

Yesterday Bryn and spent the day running the Paperfinger holiday booth at Sotheby's for their annual bazaar. Afterwards Bryn called her cab back to Brooklyn and I began walking in search of a subway station to take me to Port Authority to meet my bus.

20 minutes later and with no luck finding a station or hailing a cab, I realized I was going to miss my usual 5:20 bus. So I decided to walk.


Best decision ever. I walked down 72nd street to Park Ave, which was newly lit with Christmas trees all the way down. I cut over on 59th towards Central Park to see the Plaza Hotel. That took me to the very southeast corner end of the park and a very exciting circle that held the Plaza, the Apple Store and FAO Schwartz. Then I walked down Avenue of the Americas through Rockefeller Center. Finally, I turned to walk down 42nd street right through Times Square.


The long walk was full of twinkling lights, bustling people and reminders of why I love New York City. Sometimes I still can't believe I get to work here. It's not always that charming (crazy traffic that never ever ends, nonstop horn blasts, terrible smells, grime, crime, etc. etc.) but I get to do this right now--and for that I am super grateful, even giddy.

So when I came across this video on the Design Crush blog this morning I had to share it. It is so beautifully done and it had me smiling the whole time with its little bits and pieces of the city that the artist caught over a year's time. Take a couple minutes and watch and listen--something about this video will take you away.


A Year in New York from Andrew Clancy on Vimeo.


Moody New York

I know this is a really crappy snapshot from my 4 1/2 year old flip phone, but I couldn't resist capturing the sight of the clouds hovering above the breathtaking New York City skyline on my way home from work the other day.

Commuting into NYC from Nyack (2 hours each way) is not exactly ideal, but this view alone makes it worth it. I never ever get tired of seeing this sight. (Taken from across the river, just before entering the Lincoln Tunnel)



1-year Anniversary Festivities

I bought a super sweet gray and pink old-school polaroid camera from a thrift store to document our anniversary, but the included film was too old to develop correctly. Hence, these are all crummy iPad photos from the day (still no functioning digital camera). We planned out a bunch of different activities and I have to say we packed a lot of punch into one day! It was so much fun. We were EXHAUSTED by the time we got home at midnight.


luke looking out over hudson valley & me at entrance to stone barns

exploring around stone barns & late morning coffee/chorizo scone

light lunch from nearby tarrytown market

bronx zoo & metropolitan museum of art 

dinner @ momofuku & dessert @ momofuku milk bar (my ice cream flavor is cereal milk topped with corn flakes! mmm)


Luke wanted to take me up the Empire State Building to end our day. Ever since I've started working in New York I've developed quite the infatuation with it. It's just so iconic and has such a presence in the matter where I am, I always catch a glimpse of it & it reminds me where I am. It's always there, it always makes me smile. I love it. I've taken to referring to him as "my buddy" or "mr. empire state building" and saying hey whenever I see him pop up. I'm such a nerd! Anyway, I was so giddy as we emerged out of the metro station and saw it--so close--majestically towering over us, illuminated in green light (did you know its lights change with different current events?) and I started to get butterflies imagining myself all the way up on the observation deck!

Being up there at night was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It literally took our breath away to catch our first glimpse of the lights of New York City at night from 1200 feet. Though there was a small crowd, no one really made any noise. It was as though everyone was sort of awe-struck or gazing in silence out of respect for the city. The city that never sleeps seemed so peaceful and quiet from up there. It was truly, truly, truly an amazing and wonderful experience and I made sure to share as many romantic kisses as possible with my sweet husband while we were there. Thank you all so much for the sweet words for our anniversary!