Saturday marked my ten year anniversary of living in New York City. I arrived here on April 28, 2002 after a four day Amtrak ride from California. I moved into an apartment in Astoria, Queens with my dear friend Christopher (a friend from college). That apartment was passed through friends for about ten years, so many different roommates came and went. This apartment was also the place where I stayed when I visited NYC for the first time in 1998.
I lived in Astoria for two years before moving into Manhattan, and I treasure the time I spent there. So many good times, so many dreams becoming a reality, so much ambition and enthusiasm.
When I thought about what I wanted to do to celebrate 10 years in New York, I knew I wanted to go back to my old neighborhood and remember just how special those first years were here. It was the perfect way to commemorate the last decade. I just felt so LUCKY all day, to have experienced all that I have since arriving in 2002 and to still be working here in this amazing city.