There is a new book that just came out called Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers. (Thanks, Shannon!)
Blank maps were handed out to people on the street and they were asked to "fill it with whatever best fits your experience in the city." I love what people sent in...and it's made me think so fondly about my own experiences here. Oh my, I feel so similarly to this first line, "Everything significant in my adult life has happened in New York."
Here are some of those pivotal New York places and experiences that I carry with me...
- My first drive in Manhattan...in the snow! From Brooklyn to Manhattan and over bridges and everything! haha. It seemed like such a big deal at the time for this girl who had just barely arrived to NYC from Mesa, Arizona at age 23 who had never driven in snow. This was the beginning of becoming a New Yorker.
- The upper east side - where I used to work for 7 years as the personal assistant to one of New York's hedge fund owners. Nearly every day I got to go for a fancy walk along Madison Ave. (from near Barney's to Laduree) where I would go between my office and my boss's apartment. I loved that walk. I loved that job. Some of the greatest opportunities, travels, and experiences of my life resulted because of it. I learned so much about life in the world of wealth, private schools, private jets, chartered boats, courtside seats, and galas...and I also learned about huge levels of philanthropy and generosity and kindness. It's a wonderful mix.
- My first apartment purchase on Berkeley Place in Park Slope. It was my first little home purchase in New York. A big move :). 260 sq. ft., weeks after experiencing 9/11. There were many reasons to leave New York. But I stayed. My gut said I should do it. And it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
- Montauk. The place I first got married. We eloped.
- Walking up and down 7th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, going to various friends' homes. In those early days, we had THE tightest group of best friends. There were 6 couples in the neighborhood. We had dinners and rooftop BBQs together, rode electric scooters together, and helped each other renovate apartments :) All of those couples have since moved and now have kids, garages and lawn mowers. :)
- 22nd St. (same office as Frank Lipman.) This is where I met with my beloved acupuncturist/healer/mentor, Angela Le. This is where I learned I could heal my soul. And I did. I will never, ever forget that time. It truly was a miracle - one that is still very much alive today.
- Park Avenue near 90th St. - the spot my first marriage ended. After many, many months of healing and lots of wonderful times that last year or so, we had just visited a fertility office and received some very hopeful news. But the dr. mentioned a few other details and side effects that made my husband uncomfortable. We walked out the door and on the sidewalk, my husband said he didn't want to have a baby, and he didn't want to be married. Obviously, there was a lot more going on there. But his plans to leave were in full motion from that day.
- The curb at JFK (a few months later.) This was the last time I saw my first husband. I had never cried so hard or been more sad in all my life. It was the end of an era.
- My beloved Prospect Park. Oh, the healing I have done in that place... I have walked and walked my heart out around that loop and through the meadow.
- The Mormon church on Court St. That place is FULL of some good, good people. I so love being a part of that community. Some of the best experiences of my life have resulted from my friendships and experiences there.
- The Garment District. Oh, the hours I spent in that area back in the Harvey Faircloth days. We had some amazing moments. Sometimes we had meetings in my car. And half of the time I was dodging cops and parking tickets while trying to load and unload clothing.
- The corner of 42nd St. & 8th Avenue. This is where I met Danny. Oh my, there has been no greater moment of excitement and joy in my life!! (except our wedding day!) And also...this is the very corner where Danny proposed. :) :) That corner has seriously gone down in history for us. We smile and kiss whenever we walk by it. :)
- Our current little home in Park Slope. We really love it here...and I couldn't be more grateful to share a life with Danny. :) Everyday is a miracle and such a gift. And I'm just so grateful for every learning experience that has made what we have possible. :)