Remember when I waxed poetic about New York, and then we all clung to each other on the sad memorial of 9/11 and talked about this resilient and magnificent city?
For every day like that, there is a day like today, where I saw a fist fight (second one on the street I’d seen in under a week — and I’d not witnessed physical violence like that ever prior), a cockroach the size of a chipmunk nearly walked across my shoe at the corner of Broadway and 86th, a man commented leeringly on my diamond ring on the subway in a way that left me immediately scanning the car for other kindly looking people who might intervene if something weird were to happen, and someone was clearly and scarily overdosing on something down at 23rd and 7th. (Thankfully, I overheard a guardian angel calling for emergency medical help on his cell phone, or else I’d be beleaguered with uncertainty as to what to do myself.)
New York has a dark underbelly, and what I saw this morning is barely a blip on the radar. A friend of mine asked me recently over text, in the course of exchanging notes about our children and recent pleasant dining experiences: “How does it feel to live in NY right now given the spike in crime?”
Just here today to keep it real: it’s not all glimmer and glamor in these parts. On optimistic days, I tell myself this…ahem, texture will make me tough, gritty, able to hold myself with composure in moments of strangeness and fear. On exhausted days, I come home, close the door, and ask Mr. Magpie, non-sarcastically: “Why do we live here?”
A girlfriend of mine showed me a clipping from The New Yorker just after I’d moved here, a kind of initiation into the order of urban-dwelling New Yorkers:
Safe to say New York won today. But I’ll be exacting a rematch tomorrow. It’s how we roll.
+I’m in love with this fluffy fleece, which comes in a rainbow of fantastic colors and looks like just what I want to wear after a jog. I’m torn between the lavender color (to kind of go monochromatic with my new leggings in the “lavender smoke” color) or the fawn, which would look fantastic with denim or black. Decisions, decisions.
+This shearling backpack is so adorable for little ones.
+Cutest little kitchen rug ($20!) as an update for fall/winter — just added this to my cart. This is the kind of thing I like to keep under the sink.
+These shades are SO chic. Love the color for fall, when I wear a lot of olive green.
+Love this lettuce-edged layering tee (on sale for $30).
+I always get questions about where to find chic masks — here is a roundup of my favorites.
+In LOVE with this plaid top. The shape is very SEA, and the plaid takes me back to my preppy roots.
+For $11, this peter pan collar top (with ric rac trim!) for little ladies is worth a shot.
+Love the fit/proportions of this simple tank, especially the slightly-high neckline. Feels fresh.
+OMG THESE GUCCI-ESQUE SLIPPER MULES FOR GIRLS WHAT.