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New York Series: One Year Anniversary

new york series one year anniversary

{Written in December 2012}

Today marks one year in New York City.

It’s hard to believe a year has come and gone already. In some ways, I feel like this has been the fastest year of my life; in other ways, I feel like I have lived this year wide awake, and have felt the breadth and fullness of every moment. There is so much I will always remember about this year.

I will remember landing in JFK, setting out to find an apartment the morning I touched down due to a bedbug invasion of the place I had previously signed up to lease. (Nothing says “Welcome to New York” quite like bedbugs.) : ) I will remember sitting on my suitcase in my empty apartment for the first time, tearing up because I was finally here—alone, scared, and overjoyed. I will remember sleeping on a bed of scarves on my hardwood floor those first few winter nights, waiting for my moving boxes to arrive. New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Saturday morning walks to Central Park. How excited I was the first few times I completed a subway ride successfully.

I will remember my many wonderful visitors who experienced so much of NYC bright-eyed with me for the first time. The afternoon at Washington Square Park. A girls day at Bergdorf Goodman. The bus rides to Harlem. Nights spent laughing over sangrias, dancing until the bars closed, eating pizza at 4 a.m. before heading home for the night.

I will always be grateful for Victor, my fellow Seattle-to-NYC transplant, who became my roommate for a month and one of my dearest friends shortly thereafter. I will remember us walking the Brooklyn Bridge, kayaking the Hudson, ice skating in Bryant Park, sitting on the sidewalk in Union Square sharing street cart tacos at 3 a.m. Our wine nights, our frozen yogurt stops, our day at Coney Island spent riding roller coasters, eating ice cream cones, and walking the boardwalk.

I will remember the concerts and game nights in Brooklyn. The hot, sticky summer where I used a fan and frozen water bottles to stay cool without an air conditioner. Nights out with my coworkers, the Fourth of July spent on a pier on the West Side. Weekly girls nights with friends that made a big ole’ city suddenly feel like home. Dozens of beautiful sunsets outside my office window. My tiny walk-up apartment that I loved every square inch of—its four flights of stairs, the shops right outside my door, the nights I would make dinner to music playing in the background.

The truth is, it’s hard to stop naming these memories because as soon as I think of one, another three pop up. I feel a swell of joy inside me when I think about this city, this year. And I know, no matter how long I am here, the memories of it will be woven into me forever. And for that, I am a deep, New York City-bagel-on-a-Sunday-morning kind of thankful.

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