Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Onto Greener Pastures: I'm Finally Leaving NYC.

Final shot in my empty apartment
11 years, 3 months and 23 days. That's how long I've been in New York. I moved to the city the August after I graduated from Indiana University -- just me, my four suitcases and a plane ride toward my new life. And I won't say I never looked back, but I certainly don't regret the choice I made to move to the Big Apple. But there's something new on the horizon. Today, I'll be leaving NYC for the city of Pittsburgh.

This may come as a shock to some people who thought NYC was my be all and end all. But over the past few years, I've been searching for something new. I am so happy I made the choice 11 years ago to get on that plane, even if I did have to live with roommates I'd never met in a scary apartment in Astoria for my first few months. These 11 years have shaped me into the person I am today -- a strong, independent, fiercely loyal, hardworking woman. I don't think I would have progressed as far in my life or in my career without the time I spent in New York.

Sure, there are things I'll miss about New York. I love looking up and seeing the Chrysler Building. I love being able to order Chinese food or matzah ball soup at 2am. I love being at the epicenter of fashion and theater. I love all the walking I do around the city, sometimes 3 or 4 miles a day, just because I can.

But, all the same, it's time for me to try something new. And I am extremely excited about my next step. I don't know exactly what Pittsburgh will hold for me, but I do know it holds the opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences that wouldn't be possible in New York. And I just can't wait to see what happens next.

So I leave you with a few photos of my time in the city. Some of my favorite landmarks, some of me. Here's to the next chapter.

The Bow Bridge in Central Park. One of my all-time faves.
The Empire State Building at dusk. I love to see its colors every night.
Standing in front of 1700 Broadway -- the site of my very first job, as Editorial Assistant for Harper's Bazaar!
A corned beef sandwich, matzah ball soup and super green pickles from Katz's Deli. (Yes, the site of "I'll have what she's having.")
Standing in the LOVE statue -- something everyone must do!
I may not be a diehard Yankees fan, but I love my Derek Jeter jersey!

19 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are coming to Pittsburgh, and I am very excited to see what the next chapter in your life holds. I have to mention driving here! That's such a big deal for you too. We will have to get together once I'm back in the city for my winter break. Good luck with what's ahead! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Angela! We definitely have to get together when you're back in town!

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  2. We're so happy to welcome you here, Jamie!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm excited to be a new Pittsburgh resident!

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  3. Congrats! I wish you all the luck in the world and look forward to your new posts!

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  4. Best of luck in your new venture!!

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  5. You're leaving my hometown to come to where I currently reside. I wish you all the best and I look forward to seeing you in the Burgh! Welcome!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! :)

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  6. your blog and the great pictures are a great promotion for Pittsburgh.

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    1. Thank you! That's so sweet of you to say.

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  7. Welcome to the Burgh! I am a Brazilian living in OH (very close to Pittsburgh) and go there often for entertainment and the husband works there! Great city, you will love it and if you ever have the need to visit some even greener pastures, come visit us here in the Ohio/Wheeling area! I hope you are very, VERY happy in this new phase of your life!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm originally from Ohio!

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  8. Oh you poor thing, how sad for you. It's like leaving a perfectly cooked filet mignon for a Dollar Menu cheeseburger.

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    1. You obviously completely missed the point of this post. I'm happy to be leaving New York. Also, Pittsburgh is a great city and this comment is rude.

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  9. Best of everything in your new adventures in Pittsburgh!

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