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Four years in the big city

“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts […]

August 2, 2016 Continue reading…

Finally: our apartment tour!

Finally: our long-overdue apartment tour! David and I moved in together in October after two and a half years of dating. We opted for a brand-new apartment in Bed-Stuy (more about our hunt over at the New York Times); previously, we had lived about 10 minutes from each other in Williamsburg (with our respective best friends, […]

June 7, 2016 Continue reading…

Notes on authenticity

I received an email the other day, and the first sentence was: “You’re living my dream life.” It was flattering, and yet, a bit jarring: am I even living my own dream life? Because, in all seriousness, the life I imagine in my dreams does not involve fluorescent lights and subway rats and forking over […]

April 14, 2015 Continue reading…

If you want to travel the world

The email I often find in my inbox goes a little something like this: I’m unhappy/bored/trapped in my current lifestyle. I want to travel the world. How did you do it? How can I do it? For the sake of efficiency and maybe for everyone else who’s thinking the same question, here’s my answer.

November 5, 2014 Continue reading…

The “perfect weekend in New York” itinerary

Any new New Yorker can attest: you get a whole lot more visitors as soon as you move to this city. Not only is New York City one of the most popular vacation destinations for both Americans and foreigners, it also features some very expensive accommodation options. And part of playing hostess is playing tour […]

October 29, 2013 Continue reading…

How to not look like a backpacker while living out of a backpack

“It hurts to be beautiful,” my mother told me as I squirmed the first time she plucked my eyebrows.  That’s the beauty mantra I’ve grown up with: anything deemed comfortable automatically makes me suspicious. I don’t believe in “travel clothes” and cringe when I see multi-purpose pants, cargo shorts or money belts. If you wouldn’t […]

March 26, 2012 Continue reading…