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:
- Customer service can be nasty
- People dress real fancy (compared to California’s laid-back flip-flops and hoodie look)
- Walk faster or get out of the way
- 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?
Cool places that sell My First New York:
- The Lower East Side Tenement Museum in NY, NY
- The Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington, NY
- Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store in Brooklyn, NY
- Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY