Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I Heart (City): NYC

A few months before I moved here, I wondered allowed as to what I would miss about NYC. Now, I am about six months in to this experience and a little list has come together.

I am gonna try to type this list without tearing up.

Things I Miss About NYC....

1) MY FRIENDS! I have some of the coolest and most interesting people as friends. People from all walks of life descended upon that crazy city to do incredible things...and they invite me along! They are the best.



2) FOOD! - I grew up in California where there is just the most fresh and incredible food I've ever had, but New York trumps California for variety. Just about anything you want is available there and often into the wee hours of the night. In particular, I miss brunch. I haven't noticed anything in the way of breakfast culture in this country and brunch is a non-word. I've actually considered opening a weekend brunch restaurant just so I can have warm french toast or an omelette every weekend (without having to make it myself).


3) STYLE - The streets of New York are a runway, you find some of the most colorfully and artfully dressed people there (check out The Sartorialist to see what I mean), and it functions not only as entertainment but as an inspiration and direct challenge. When I see a great outfit it sticks in my brain, taunting me, challenging me to do better next time.


4) CULTURAL EVENTS - There are so many exclusive things that happen in New York. Musicians, artists, intellectuals, performers pick that city to do some of the most incredible things....and sometimes it is absolutely free! Last summer, I attended this incredible one-time only massive drum event in between two bridges in Brooklyn. The queue was thousands of people long and I was fortunate enough to be there. There is no other city where that event could have happened in that way.


5) CELEBS - NYC is the best city for celebrities since people there are too fabulous to really care (or rather too cool to show that they care) about them. We don't go to them, they come to us, since they know they can go out and have a drink like a normal person without any hassle. For that reason, I have had some hilarious and fun celebrity run-ins: dancing with Mike Meyers at a friends birthday party, hanging out with Amy Winehouse in a tattoo parlor, and pouncing on Elijah Wood in the street. One friend called me obsessed with fame. I don't think I am, but I definitely am excited about literally rubbing shoulders with glitterati in hopes that some of the stardust might rub off on me.


6) THE SUBWAY - Oh how I miss this great egalitarian transportation system. Nobody drives anywhere. Everyone goes by train and bus (and occasionally cab). You don't have to worry about showing up to a nightclub on foot since everyone does. There's never any worry for looking for a parking spot or filling up your gas tank. Everyone just hops on the train and (sooner or later) you are there! It is pure (though occasionally stinky and frightening) magic!


There are other things I could think of, but these are the main things. Come back tomorrow to read about what I love about Wheelville and Slovenia!

9 comments:

ch said...

now i miss it too! ugh! but i miss you more. you and the city are the ideal combination. you back for a visit anytime soon?
xox
c

Camille Acey said...

@c - ...not til late summer. but we will hang tough. promise. xoxo,c

Lisa said...

When my folks came to visit they almost went nuts not being able to get breakfast anywhere. There is one place we found that will serve you breakfast: Le Petit Cafe on Trg francoske revolucije. It's no huge brunch experience like you would get in America or France, but they have good food and a nice atmosphere. It's a nice place for a drink or coffee too. They have eggs, sandwiches, cereal, muffins, etc... Lots of veggie options.

Camille Acey said...

@Lisa- I know Le Petit Cafe. Thanks for the tip. Wish they'd open a branch closer to Wheelville!

Tina. said...

Oh, NYC is wonderful. I've only visited once for a couple of days and fell in love with it.


(You inspired me to maybe write a list of things I miss from Slovenia. One of these days...)

alcessa said...

These are many and important things you miss...
I wonder whether Slovenia can make it up to you...

Camille Acey said...

@Tina - I can't wait to see your list!

@Alcessa - Don't worry. I'm going easy on Slovenia. There were a lot of things that were pushing me to leave NYC and a lot of things that have been accomplished with the move to Wheelville. As long as I can get a trip (or two) to NYC every year, I will survive! :)

kuesooM said...

First time posting here! Nice blog!

Only thing is, where did u get that pic of the NY subway, cos girl, I sure do wish it looked like that, my good ol' F line has those seats, but it sure is filthy, don't even get me started.

Anyhoo, I'm sure before long you'll feel so at home in Wheelville.

Camille Acey said...

@kuesooom - I found the picture on Flickr, but I have seen certain trains that clean. Not all the time but sometimes