I’d spent sixteen years imagining what New York was going to be like. I thought it was going to be the most exciting, magical, fraught-with-possibility place that you could ever live in; a place where if you really wanted something, you might be able to get it; a place where I’d be surrounded by people I was dying to be with. And I turned out to be right.
Nora Ephron, My First New York
Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Custom House”

The most beautiful Manhattan sunset I have ever seen. 

Totally justified my decision to skip the gym tonite. 

The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It’s getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That’s how we know we’re alive: we’re wrong. Maybe the best thing would be to forget being right or wrong about people and just go along for the ride. But if you can do that—well, lucky you.
Philip Roth, American Pastoral 

So many chills that I had to go take a hot shower.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show. San Francisco to New Orleans. Big Easy Express

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

(reblogged from noraleah)

I might just miss these crazy lights once I’m gone.

I’m never leaving.

AH!!! Amazing vintage Schwinn bikes found in my grandpa’s garage IN PERFECT CONDITION!

Now how to get them to New York…

The carnival begins

Thursday marks my fourth year living smack dab in the center of New York’s largest festival. More than one million people will pass by my front door during the next 10 days. Never thought I’d say this, but this year I’m finding beauty in it.