After a tenure downtown of nearly 3 years, it was time for a change. I finally took the leap, and moved up north.
It’s funny how in life we change our mind, just to change it again. When I first moved to the city, I swore I would be a west sider for life. Come two and a half years later, and I’m moving to Chinatown. (Oops, I think it’s about time I update my bio on this site…) Nearly half a year a later, I’m making my biggest adjustment yet—moving farther uptown than I’ve ever hung out before.
In New York your location is almost like a badge of identity. There’s artsy Lower East Side, yuppie TriBeCa, wealthy Upper East Side, fratty Murray Hill, etc. You name it, there’s a stereotype surrounding the area.
I know these are just stereotypes, and New York is overflowing with individuals who break the mold with their different backgrounds and stories–but stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. Consequently, different areas in New York are set up to accommodate different lifestyles and similar kinds of people flock to those areas who are in search of the same accommodations.
This has led me to a bit of an identity crisis. How does my move to Spanish Harlem, living as an “outsider” to the neighborhood’s stereotype reflect how my lifestyle is perceived? I know it sounds a tad dramatic, (to say the least) but it’s something I’ve been thinking about.
Really though, why would it matter? I love my new neighborhood. The food is fantastic, I’m surrounded by tons of families, and I’m 10 blocks away from my bet friend. Plus my apartment is huge, rent stabilized, has closet space, and can actually accommodate all of my clothing. As many of you know, that last point is a rarity while apartment hunting in the city. Strangely, this is my first apartment that actually has a built in closet.
I’m excited to start the New Year off in my new apartment, and keep everyone updated with my decorating process! I’m not the most domestic person, but assume a virtue if you have not one—right?
Adieu downtown. It’s been real.
Coat, Asos. Dress, Zara. Boots, Urban Outfitters. Hat, Prism Boutique. Tights, Wolford. Lipstick, Nars. Rings, Alexander McQueen, H&M, Forever21, Topshop, Vintage.
All old items. Look below to get the look.
Photography by James Mira.