Sunday, June 28, 2015


Just like that, it's almost July. Summer got itself here in a big hurry.

Clockwise from top left: Standing on my street in an & Other Stories dress and Madewell top; Flowers on 53rd Street; Somewhere in Flatiron; reflecting at Lincoln Center.

Clockwise from top left: A beautiful school door in Chelsea; My sister and I in Central Park during her Memorial Day weekend visit; Don Draper's office at the Museum of the Moving Image; watching Ex Machina with Jeremiah; visiting company headquarters in Atlanta during my sister's graduation.

Clockwise from top left: True Detective street art on 9th Avenue; Top of Grand Central Station; St, Patrick's Cathedral; Drinks on the Upper East Side; Empire State, by reflection.
Clockwise from top left: Crif Dogs sign in East Village; Matcha obanyaki at Mocu Mocu in Hell's Kitchen; Totto Ramen in Hell's Kitchen; Anniversary hot dogs at Crif Dogs; Waffles and Dinges in Flatiron. 

This is my third summer of living in the city (and fourth if you count the one year I did an internship up here). I finally feel like I've hit my comfort zone, both at work and living in my neighborhood. I'm incredibly grateful to live close enough to my work that I can walk anywhere and everywhere on my own two feet, and not rely on the subway for my daily routines.

Ways that I could (possibly, potentially) one day dare call myself a New Yorker?:
- Learning to really appreciate and love bagels, even the onion ones
- Getting the thousand-yard stare down pat to avoid hawkers and gawkers around Times Square
- Having a closet with more neutrals than colors (I'm not sure if this is a good thing yet)
- Being able to recommend a restaurant for almost every type of international cuisine (without leaving my neighborhood)
- Jaywalking all the time
- Associating summer with the smell of "hot garbage"
- Finding little dogs in clothes and shoes really adorable
- Being terrified of the day I'll have to start driving a car again

Ways I will never be a New Yorker:
- Always being slightly unsure of my directions-giving if it isn't a numbered street or avenue
-  Still looking up at good architecture like I am a tourist
- Not really understanding the appeal of brunch (it's breakfast food and watered-down mimosas) 

Anyways, how is your summer going?

Things I'm looking forward to:
- Fourth of July rooftops and hanging out with friends
- Watching more Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix
- Planning for trips later this year (Tokyo and London!)

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