When I moved back to Manhattan in 2007 after spending twelve years in Los Angeles, I didn’t know that many people. I have family on Long Island, and friends that I grew up with scattered around the east coast, but I didn’t have people in the city that I was calling up on a Saturday to go have brunch with. I was also going through a bit of a funky time in my life, just separating from my husband, and living alone for the first time in about seven years.
Time passed and I started to integrate myself into the city, through work mostly, and some old friends that I reconnected with, but I was still feeling very unattached to New York City.
I then ended up meeting a new boy, and on one of our first dates we spent a warm day wandering the city. He ran into about seven people he knew, and I remember thinking that he must know a million people, because how was it possible that we’re running into so many of them. I was so envious. It happened with some other friends that I made as well, them running into people they knew all over the city. The run-in then seemed to me like one of the details that defined a New Yorker.
Fast forward roughly two years from the day I moved here; after a couple of jobs, some serious soul searching and three apartments, I finally feel like this city is my home again.
About two weekends ago I ran into two separate people I know, and I was so happy I almost peed myself. I hugged them both, and even though we might not have been at that point in our relationship, I didn’t care, hugs for all!
I suppose it takes time for these links to form. Duh, of course I’m not going to run into people I know after being here for five minutes, patience Erin, patience. But god damn, I’m gonna be really stoked every time that I do.





















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I remember the first day I had a run-in too. It was like a piece falling into place, making the city feel a bit more like somewhere I belonged.

I still get a huge thrill every time it happens. After all, no matter how many people you know here, what are the odds?

Nigel added these pithy words on May 12 09 at 10:38 am

When I first moved to New York, I ran into a couple of people I hadn’t seen in ages. Made me feel at home right away.

(I run into people here in San Francisco now that I’ve been here a few years but really, who cares? It’s just a small town masquerading as a city so the math’s in your favor!)

Emma added these pithy words on May 15 09 at 10:02 am

Having just moved to NYC 7 months ago from Ohio I completely understand the envious feelings you felt. I am going through that phase right now. It took me at least 4 months to feel somewhat comfortable here and i still have a long way to go. Im glad to hear it is working out! Love your pics, they make NYC look quiet and serene.

Valerie added these pithy words on Jun 05 09 at 6:27 pm

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