Moving to NYC!

by jennine on October 8, 2010

In 1994, I packed up a backpack, and a small trunk and boarded a Greyhound bus in San Diego, destined for Newark, NJ (my aunt lives in New Jersey, and she just had a baby). I had $2,000 and no plan, but wanted to live in New York City. Suffice to say, it ended up that I had no money, surviving off just a daily slice a pizza or bagel and enough money for subway fare. In my memory, it was the year I was terribly poor and homesick.

Fifteen years later, I started making regular trips to New York. I always had a great time, since there are so many wonderful people there. I didn’t really think I wanted to make the move until one month when I made two trips. It took a year, and a few moves to other cities, and several more trips to realize that my heart of hearts I really wanted to live in New York. Besides, Wendy and I are going on the professional jigsaw puzzle circuit, it’ll be a lot easier to train if we’re in the same city.

So it’s happening. I kept it quiet until it was absolutely certain. The movers are coming, the tickets are bought. We’re heading out on Tuesday. This is probably one of the most exciting things because it feels so right.

Besides, where else could I have lunch with Olivia Palermo?

During Fashion Week, I was invited to a lunch by Style Bistro, and happened to sit next to Olivia Palermo. Now, I’ve never seen The City and was kind of embarrassed. After admitting it to her, Olivia said it was probably better I’ve never seen the show. She was really nice, and we had a really fun chat. She even offered to help with the move and suggest neighborhoods I might like. How nice!

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1 Poochie October 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

I can’t wait to see where you end up. One more person to visit in the city. One more person I can bug when we eventually move in a few years!


2 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

hahah… awesome


3 Retro Chick October 8, 2010 at 9:27 am

Oooh, how exciting! Good luck with the move :D
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4 Jannett A. October 8, 2010 at 9:29 am

Wow, how exciting, I’m so happy for you Jennine! Now you’ll be close to ALL the bloggers in the tri-state area. You should most definitely have a “Welcome Home to New York” social event/gathering. It would be so fun!


5 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

that sounds like fun! yay!


6 Ashe Mischief October 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

Yay! How exciting, lovely! I hope Rocky is happy about the change, and I think you’ll both do great there… plus I’m excited to see how your style evolves to complement the city ;)
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7 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

yeah, at first he resisted, but after bringing him to nyc, and showing him why it was such a great place, he fell in love. he’s really excited now!


8 Kristen October 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

Awww, New York City is my true love (well one of them.) I lived there for four years and it was worth every second. Congratulations and enjoy!!! xx


9 WendyB October 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

As soon as you buy a dining room table, we’re moving the Pollock puzzle to your place!
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10 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

i have a dining room table! and it’s round too. :)


11 Liv October 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

How exciting! I never planned to leave NYC but sometimes life happens and you find yourself in another city.
Maybe I will move back one day.
For now I am just happy for you and certain that you will love it!
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12 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

yeah, well berlin is pretty awesome too. it’s on our shortlist of potentials if nyc doesn’t work out.


13 Jordana October 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

Congrats!! Welcome party anyone? Can’t wait until you’re here!
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14 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

yess..i’m thinking that would be delightful!


15 Kenneth Berger October 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

Congrats, and good luck! I will have to look up you and Rocky for dinner when I visit. :)


16 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

yay! i hope so!


17 SweetyPW October 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

Congrats on moving to NYC! It’s the best city to live in like ever! :)
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18 meligrosa October 8, 2010 at 10:10 am

awesomeeeeeeeee love ya big shot! <3333
if ur not too busy lets catch some coffee if you are still around
so happy for you :D wheeeeeee
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19 jesse.anne.o October 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

Woo hoo - good news. I hope you love it here. I can’t imagine ever leaving.
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20 Vyque October 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

Now you can come to DC more often, yay!
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21 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

i’ve never been! and excited to go…


22 punky October 8, 2010 at 10:41 am

Im excited about this!! <3
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23 Christine October 8, 2010 at 10:44 am


As well, I think you and Wendy should hit the NYC rodeo circuit — you two looked great in Zang Toi’s Stetsons!


24 The Well-Appointed Catwalk October 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

Yay! The East Coast will be lucky to have you!

xo Marissa
(The Well-Appointed Catwalk)
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25 Dee October 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

Fantastic news :) the city awaits you!
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26 Madeleine Gallay October 8, 2010 at 10:57 am

Wishing you well and much success.

New York, New York.


27 Lani October 8, 2010 at 11:24 am

i’m so excited for you! i know how stressful moving can be, so please let me know if you need an extra hand!

let’s celebrate when you’re settled. :)
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28 jennine October 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

aw thanks! i may even end up calling you up on that. haha…


29 lisa October 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

Congrats on the big move! Wishing you all the best in NYC and looking forward to following your adventures in the Big Apple.
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30 Tami October 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

Congrats! This is the perfect career move for ya. Best of luck!!
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31 Ursula October 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

OMG Super excited for you I know you’ve been thinking about this for long time. SF will miss you!


32 Leslie October 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Sad you’re leaving us here in SF but really happy for you (and a teensy bit jealous!) Can’t wait for your new adventures : )


33 Vogue & Vintage October 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Congrats hun! You just gave me hope that you can always go back to where your heart is! I lived there 2 years ago and with the turn of the economy I had to return home, I lost my great design job and was struggling to make ends meet. I am back in my home town but my heart is in NYC and I sometimes feel like I will never make it back, but you are my light and the end. Thanks! This really made my day! I will return to my heart that was left on west 34th and 6 ave!

You Can Always Go Back!

Vogue & Vintage
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34 rachel October 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

yay for the east coast! welcome back to NY! (i’m not in the city, but the state is great too!)
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35 LPC October 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Amazing! If I lived anywhere but Northern California it would definitely be Manhattan. I was there for 5 years when I was young. There’s just nowhere like it in the world. Have a great time and good luck with your move.
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36 Steff October 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Oh congratulations! I am quite jealous really. I was there for my first time for this past fashion week, and I’m already planning my next trip back…
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37 Collette Osuna October 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Congrats to you!! Im hoping to be there right with you in three short years:)


38 Fajr | Stylish Thought October 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Congrats and I’m wishing you much success!
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39 Brie October 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

How exciting! I hope to be doing this in the future myself…after wandering to other cities a little first. :)


40 Bella Q October 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Congrats on your move to the Big Apple! New York will be lucky to have you. And the left coast will be much duller without your light.
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41 Fenke October 9, 2010 at 1:34 am

hey, that’s great news! almost seems that nyc is to the us what berlin is to germany - you just have to go there! for visits or to live :-) have a smooth move!
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42 TheAL October 9, 2010 at 3:47 am

There’s no other place quite like NYC. Enjoy and have a great move!
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43 Alicia October 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Congrats and best of luck! I hope you and WendyB kick major jigsaw puzzle ass!


44 Nubiasnonsense October 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Yay what a great addition you will be to NYC =) and If shes really nice it’s better that you didn’t see the City.. They totally made her such a Bit@H haha


45 deanne October 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

you really belong in new york, my dear. can’t wait to see you more regularly :) ))
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46 Shawnette October 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

Congratulations on your move to NYC!!! That is so awesome! I love New York…just like the bumper sticker! I wish you the best that it has to offer!! You go girl!! =)


47 Tan October 11, 2010 at 11:26 am

Congratulations! How inspiring!!!! Best wishes Jennine!


48 Sonja October 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Congrats on your big move! NYC is such a fun city to live in. We’ll miss you in SF though! :)
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49 MOUSEVOX October 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I, too, lived in New York when I was rather young and basically remember it as being a time in my life when I was more broke then ever. I was only 19 and have no regrets, but rather look at it as a valuable learning experience for future moves.
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