My First New York

In the last few months, Russell and I hosted New York visitors for 5 straight weeks. It was like everyone from California wanted to squeeze in their visit before the winter really hits. And we didn’t mind, really, we loved having ’em.  What I enjoyed most was seeing New York from their fresh perspective. Here were some of their observations:

  1. Customer service can be nasty
  2. People dress real fancy (compared to California’s laid-back flip-flops and hoodie look)
  3. Walk faster or get out of the way
  4. Katz’s undeniably has the best pastrami

I remember the first time I visited New York I was on college spring break. I was dressed all wrong (March in New York is definitely not spring, it’s winter), and I hated the lack of sun because of all the tall buildings. I couldn’t imagine myself ever living here. Little did I know…

My First New York is a collection of 50 stories from some of the city’s most famous residents and visitors on their first encounters with New York.

I loved reading stories from contributors like Lorne Michaels, Nora Ephron, Amy Sedaris,  chef David Chang,  Ira Glass,  and James Franco. Some were more surprising than others.

In the spirit of the book, I wanted to share some pictures of my recent encounters of this great city with our first time New York visitors: 

With visitors we got to play tourist and re-discover New York all over again.

We spent time in places that Russell and I already know well, like Central Park, but we also got to visit new places like the 9/11 Memorial. We ate a lot of really great food. And watched musicals and plays that took our breath away. Thank you visitors for opening our eyes again to this great city!

Have you been to New York? What were some of your first impressions?

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11 thoughts on “My First New York

  1. Brings back wonderful memories of a perfect New York visit! The weather,entertainment & food was amazing. I agree about Katz’s pastrami! I want to add that NY subways are the best in the country. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I moved to New York in May 2006 and my first week there it was snowing! Of course I was totally unprepared and was pounding the pavement searching for a reasonable apartment lugging around my suitcase on the mucky streets in my flip flops. God I love New York!

    • Flip flops in the snow?! I almost never wear flip flops any more in New York. The streets are just too dirty, and I end up with blackened toes at the end of the day. Oh, how I miss the days of year-round flip flop wear in Santa Barbara!

  3. I found My First New York at the gift shop in the New York Public Library. It was my second time visiting the city and the book is one of my favorite souvenirs.

  4. My first New York….I lived upstate from when I was three til eight years old, but my first visit to the city was as a sixth grader in Connecticut. We chartered a bus down for a big, all day field trip. I loved the hustle and bustle and couldn’t believe this “world” was just two hours from my house! We went to the Statue of Liberty and the UN. It’s hard to believe I have only been back one time {in my early twenties for a week, which was way cooler than 6th grade…I fell in love with the city, especially Grand Central Sta. and Washington Square.} Now, living on the west coast, NYC holds a really special place in my heart. I can’t wait to take my two little Broadway-crazed girls there for a show. After Sandy, they were so worried that “Broadway has washed away!”
    I’ll have to get this book!!

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