I was totally over myself writing my NYC-9 post last year, so you can imagine my disbelief that I’m turning NYC-10 in just a few weeks!
You all know the story.
……barely graduated from college in 2007. Came to NYC the day after my graduation with no job, no apartment. Halfway figured it out enough (along with alot of bank deposits from my mom. Thanks Jackye!) to be here TEN years later.
So many kids came to this city the same year I did chasing dreams and left brokenhearted. Its been 50lem times I cursed this city (as recently as last week), but I’m #SteelHere living life and being the East Coast lit thot that I am. Last year, I walked ya’ll through memory lane. This year, I’m inviting you to stroll with me.
Oh yeah bb! We’re going on a ten year city crawl!
I’m starting the week off with BQE71’s adult game night, The Cut Up. Come through to live out your ‘drunk uncle/auntie fighting at the dominoes table’ dreams. Thursday, we’re heading to Chinatown. My favorite pocket of NYC is slowly getting gentirifed, so I have to enjoy my boo before she’s all stale and hipster-y. Friday, the iSo14Below Film Club is convening at BAM’s FilmAfrica fest for a screening of ““Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It”. Purchase your ticket here. Saturday, we’re taking over the Dance Africa festival and ending the night in Bed-Stuy. Our final day, we’re laying out in Prospect Park with a cute picnic and people watching moment.
But…But! That’s not all kittens. I’m also releasing a zine to accompany this monumental anniversary. For a guide to the spaces and places that make my heart burst for this city, even when MTA seeks to destroy me, this is it! If you live here in NYC, the zine will be a great way to discover spots you’ve overlooked. Anyone that’s visiting, it’s the perfect resource to build your trip itinerary. To be notified when the zine is up for sale, sign up here.
May is going to be a superbusy month in iSo14Below-land. Head over to the FUN Calendar for a full rundown of what I’ll be up to.
Hope to see you all as I ring in ten years in the rotten f*ckin’ apple!