My First New York
Early Adventures in the Big City
By New York Magazine
(Ecco, Paperback, 9780061963940, 256pp.)
Publication Date: July 2012
Categories: United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
From some of the most remarkable people who have called the city home, come fifty-six candid accounts of long nights out and wild nights in, of first dates and lost loves, of memorable meals and miserable jobs, of slow walks up Broadway and fast subway rides downtown. From a mix of actors, artists, comedians, entrepreneurs, politicians, sports stars, writers, and more, these moving and memorable stories combine to form an impressionistic history of New York since the Great Depression, an accidental encyclopedia of New York hotspots through the ages, and a testament to a larger revelation, one that new arrivals of all stripes and eras have experienced again and again: what the songwriter Rufus Wainwright calls "having cracked the code of living life to the fullest."
Founded in 1968, New York magazine covers, analyzes, and defines the news, culture, and personalities that make New York City the capital of almost everything.
“These small, glittering essays make a reader feel that the sheer force of all these dreams, this persistence, might in fact rub off on you.”
-Los Angeles Times
“No matter how rich and famous they become, newcomers generally suffer through the most absurd living conditions as a rite of passage to becoming New Yorkers. It’s proven by the boldfaced contributors to My First New York.”
-New York Post
“A breezy celebration of the city. . . . 50 famous residents describe their first days in the city—days variously exhilarating, overwhelming, terrifying, or inspiring, but invariably unforgettable.”
“As wacky and wonderful as NYC itself.”
“At time hilarious and heartbreaking, all these stories are inspiring—just like life in NYC.”
“Celebrate[s] all the quirkiness, beauty, creativity, eccentricity, and artistry that is New York City.”