Photo Diary: Life in NYC

In 2012, I moved to New York City after finishing classes for a Master’s program in Indiana. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I’d been to New York City once before, but had never really considered living in the city full time.

While still in school, I envisioned moving to Chicago or Austin for a few years- experiencing city life, but at a smaller scale.

In truth, I only considered interviewing in New York because I knew the marketing agency landscape was promising. The city itself was somewhere I never really saw myself curating a life.

After accepting a job offer to move to New York, I rationalized I’d stay here for one, or two, years max. And then, something I hadn’t expected happened- I fell in love with New York.

All these years later, I look around me while walking down the street and feel amazed. There’s only one word I can think of that summarizes all these years in the big apple: grateful.

Yesterday, I moved to the U.K. for a work opportunity, and while I’m so excited to dig in and start building a life here, New York has left a hole in my heart I didn’t see coming.

Culling down my favorite photos from years of living in this energetic and exciting, yet challenging, city was difficult, but these photos represent the things I love most about life here.

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Inspirational street art that speaks straight to the soul

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Walking from one borough to another, urban landscapes, and a city that always has so much energy to give

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Afternoons spent writing or working at neighborhood cafes

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World-class mixologists and cocktail bars

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Lazy, summer picnics in my backyard (aka Central Park)

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The holiday season in the city, always magical

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Tons of parks and highway trails to log miles or go for a bike ride with nature juxtapositioned against the skyline

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An incredible, albeit at times frustrating, transit system 

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Architecture that makes you pause mid-step to admire a view

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Sunsets from Brooklyn, always. As the saying goes, sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too. 

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