This time of year is all about life anniversaries for me. I moved to New York five years ago and started my first job a few days later. Not quite two years later I changed jobs within my company, and about a year later – two years ago today – I started this blog.

TWO YEARS AGO. I remember thinking that summer, hey, I need to write more, I should start a blog. And I wrote some sample posts to get out ahead of myself – yeah, that doesn’t happen anymore – and then on September 7, 2013, I put up my first post. I was still figuring out what I wanted to do with my blog, what exactly I wanted to write about, but I knew I wanted to show you all a bit of what New York is to me. I’ve tried to both open a window on what life is like here, for those of you who are far away, and to make suggestions of things to do for those of you who are here, by sharing what I’ve enjoyed.

Tulips Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Life is busy, here and everywhere, but writing about what I’ve done makes it a little more real somehow. And writing this blog has gotten me to take SO many more pictures – though still not of people (sorry, Mom). Even before I bought my fancy DSLR my photography skills were improving through practice, so thanks for giving me a reason to get better at the one visual art for which I have any natural talent!

In honor of this anniversary, I took some time this weekend to do a blog redesign – check it out here! It still needs some tweaks, but I think it makes it a lot easier to browse through posts and see what jumps out at you.

Thanks for reading, whether this is your first time here or you’ve been reading all along! If you have suggestions of places or experiences I should post about, feel free to leave a comment. And even if you don’t, leave a comment anyway – I love hearing from you! One of the funniest/best part of my college reunion this spring was finding out that some friends I hadn’t seen in years read my blog occasionally – hi guys! :)

To celebrate a little, here are some of my favorite posts from the past two years – including the one that started it all!

An Evening in the Park, 9/7/2013

Washington Square Park fountain


Prospect Park in autumn, 11/5/2013



How to find an apartment in NYC, first posted 4/4/2014

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A Manhattan Walking Itinerary, first posted 4/25/14



Fun Home on Broadway, 6/5/15

Photo credit @alixinchausti

Photo credit @alixinchausti

“Significant Other” review, 6/23/15



A visit to the Elizabeth Street Garden, 6/30/2015 (like the garden? Check out the site to find out how you can help keep it open!)

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