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Out And About In SoHo, New York

One of my favorite areas of Manhattan is SoHo (the name "SoHo" refers to the area being "South of Houston Street") because I love its creative vibe and edgy atmosphere. SoHo is a marvelous blend of bohemian and industrial.

Whenever I think of SoHo, I think of massive lofts. These same lofts that used to house manufacturing factories in the 1950's are now home to photo studios, fashion houses, and art galleries. Soho, known for its elegant cast-iron-facades and cobblestone streets, has a long history of inspiring New York’s creative communities.

At night, the neighborhood is an atmospheric backdrop for crowds gathering at diverse restaurants and hot spots. During the day, street vendors sell everything from jewelry to original artwork.

News Flash...I Found Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment In Sex And The City, Can You Believe It?!?!

Because I did not have HBO at that time, I didn't get to see much of Sex and the City until it went off the air and I purchased the DVD complete series collection on sale. During the first year the show was on, I would sometimes get together with a few friends on a Saturday night and watch it at someones house who had cable. Yet I have to be honest, I didn't initially love the show like most people did because (and can you BELIEVE I'm even saying this?), I found the show offensive and TMI. Me. Can you fathom that? That I (who at one time on this blog posted about shaving my kiwis) would find an HBO show offensive and TMI??

Well, obviously I was suffering from some leftover Catholic-School-Mortal-Sin-Going-To-Hell-Guilt back then, because pretty much NOTHING offends me now.

Needless to say, years later, I fell absolutely head over heels for the show. Even now, 14 years later, I still watch it on DVD.

Sex and the City was so far ahead of its time because no topic was off limits. They didn't even know what the word taboo was. And I don't think the show was bold just to be BOLD, it was meant to push buttons to make people think. And laugh. And sometimes cry. It also celebrated the power of women and female friendships. Men took a back seat in that show; placing women in the driver's seat. And in control.

Walking The High Line In New York City

For being someone who LOVES New York City as much as I do, I can't believe that I knew nothing about the High Line. It's only been within the past several weeks that I discovered it while on You Tube and accidentally stumbled upon it.

Knowing that I was going on vacation this week, I decided to check it out on my already planned trip into the city because what I discovered through watching the phenomenal documentary entitled, Great Museums: Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City, had me insanely curious to visit it in person.

It took me sometime to find its location because it was in an area of the city that I hadn't been to in such a long time. But I persevered, and eventually found it while following Google maps on my phone.

And I am soooooo glad I did!


Part One: Places I Am Contemplating Living In New York. Part Two: Minimizing My Already Minimal Life.

Part One:

The first time I lived in New York, I resided in Manhattan on 65th Street, between Madison and 5th Avenues. My partner and I were extremely fortunate to have found a studio apartment on the Upper East Side that we could afford. However, back then (in the 70's and 80's) $295.00 per month was considered steep. Yet, I laugh at that price now because studio apartment rentals have tripled TWICE since then.

Yes, rent in New York City is high. But if you search carefully (as I've been doing over the past 3 months), you can still find affordable studio apartment rentals. I pay a pretty hefty amount for my studio apartment here in Philadelphia, and the prices I've been seeing in New York are not that much higher. So I feel confident that I'll find something I can afford. Plus, I'll be getting paid more in New York.