March 7, 2011

love before sight.

I've always wanted to live in New York. Always.

And a lot of people say that, I know. But it's literally how, as a child, I'd answer the question "What will you be when you're older?" I knew I wanted to be an artist, that I'd either write or act, and so I simply said, "I'll live in New York." Period. It wasn't where I wanted to be, it's who I wanted to be--a New Yorker.

But it's not something I talk about very often, mostly because it's so intimate, so close to my heart--the sort of dream you only let yourself in on for fear that if it's spoken, it'll be lost. For fear that if you want it too much, the fates will turn on you or you'll jinx it. 

Truth is, though, that if Radley and I weren't so tied to the west coast, if California hadn't stolen my heart early on, I'd move to New York City in a heartbeat. No, half a heartbeat. Because it's the center of everything--of every wish I've ever had, every fantasy, every pipe dream. For one thing, as a writer/editor, it's the place to be--the very heart of the literary industry. And if I weren't working in publishing, I'd most definitely be back in the acting world--back beneath the lights, back onstage. And New York, well, it is the stage.

There are other factors, though, of course, when it comes to this sort of thing. There's family. And California. And sun. There's other people, other dreams to consider, too. So New York is a thought I'm toying with--an idea I'm letting in, exploring, and then laying to rest until I'm ready to really consider it. Because someday I'll live there--I know that, I do. It just might not be now.

And in the meantime, I'm taking a little trip there--a long trip, really, at the end of this month. I'm hoping it'll satisfy the little itch I'm feeling, the little pull that's been tugging at the corners of my thoughts for the past few months. Ten days in a city I've only been to once, a city I fell in love with long before I'd even visited--love before sight, or something.

So, for all of you New Yorkers out there: Any must-see suggestions?
Any hidden, locals-only sort of secret spots I have to visit?


Christine said... [Reply to comment]

I know how you feel! It's exactly the same I've been feeling my whole life about a certain place (not NY) and everytime I visit it, it feels like coming home <3

It sounds like the place you live in now isn't too shabby either though ;) But I hope your dream(s) will come true someday!

x Christine
@ Fash n Chips

Caiti said... [Reply to comment]

I'm not a New Yorker, but I loved the Cafeteria. It's in Chelsea, and a few years ago, it used to be a fun place with really yummy comfort food!

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

It's pretty great that you know of a place you just HAVE to live in someday. I wish I felt that way about somewhere.
That's a great idea too, to plan a trip in the city of your choice, to see how you really feel about it. I hope your upcoming trip exceeds your expectations!

Abi P. said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I know what you mean! My husband lived in New York for 7 years in Brooklyn. When we were going to get engaged, I begged for me to move up to NYC instead of him moving to Texas. Now here we are in San Antonio. We love it here, but oh how I would love to live in NY..even if we live in a closet- I would be happy :D lol.

Lauren Zaremba said... [Reply to comment]


Cafeteria IS super delicious! Try the mac and cheese with three varieties!

Hannah Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

Laura! Get out of my head! I wanted to move to New York and be an actress until like 3 years ago. And Koni (my roommate) and I have been talking about how much we would love to live in California cause we could live in the mountains and then go to the beach every weekend.

I think it's safe to say we should try to live in the same city at least once in our lives. Let's just plan on it.

Heart you and your dream! You could even just move there for a few years. It would be perfection. Lovely!

Heidiopia said... [Reply to comment]

One of my favorite places of all time. I go two or three times a year, get my fix, and then back to reality. :) Check out the Limelight Marketplace on the Ave of the Americas (6th), a yummy little Italian place called Alfredo's (Rockefeller Plaza area), and don't forget to take in a show... lots of great Off Broadway goodies playing. Have the time of your life. xoxo

Greta Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

It's funny. I picture myself as you once I get older. Not that you're old, but I'm young. I'm exactly the same way, right now especially. Theater..there is nothing quite like it.

jackiek said... [Reply to comment]

I don't live in NY, but I do live in NJ and head to NY quite a bit because my Mom lived there for awhile and knows all the must see spots. Check out "Eatery" on 9th Ave. It's a huge Italian food emporium. It's every food you'd ever eat in one place... amazing. I like Gas Bijoux jewelry on Mott Street for unique gems. As for food, Maribelle's Sweets in Soho is perfect for amazing hot chocolate (I recommend the hazelnut). For dinner, I like Buddakan on 9th Ave in the Meatpacking district (try the edamame dumplings- they are to die for). It's right next to Chelsea Market, which is home to cute bakerys (Fat Witch), amazing gelato stands (L'Arte del Gelato) and cute organic cafes (The Green Table, Sarabeth's Kitchen, One Lucky Duck). It also has the most amazing flower shop (Gramercy Park Flower Shop) and a cute book store (Posman Books)! Another great place to eat is The Spice Market, also in the Meatpacking district! Enjoy your trip :)

Jenna said... [Reply to comment]

Go to Serendipity if you've never been and be sure to order their famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate! It's AMAZING! Look it up! It's @ 225 E 60th Street.

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

I haven't been to NYC in a long time - I'm hoping to make a trip this summer as well - but it's going to be amazing!

(P.S. How did I not know you were on Twitter until now? Just requested to follow you!)

julierosesews said... [Reply to comment]

Ooh, I highly recommend the Highline, an dlevated park in the meatpacking district, which used to be the tracks of an elevated train. It takes you through the meatpacking district and into the West Village. And once you're there, 'Snice, a really lovely little cafe on the corner of 8th Ave. and W.4th St., has wonderful tea. I'm partial to the peppermint and chamomile, but it's all delicious.

How exciting! I hope you have a wonderful time!