There’s no place like home. – Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz
A long time ago, I grew up in New York City. Not the kind of growing up made of apple pies and playgrounds, but more when I was a teenager, navigating the city on my own, before it became safe, and learning a piece of who I am.
I learned how to get to a dozen go-sees (auditions) in one day, scattered across Manhattan. The subway and photographers and other models were my companions. Living in a 2-bedroom apartment with 7 other girls became normal, and we shared our sparse food with a gazillion cockroaches in a high rise on 82nd. It was an education.
Now that all 3 of my sons are older than I was when I first ventured to and around NYC on my own, I can say I can’t imagine sending one of my children off to grow up in a situation like I experienced, yet, I loved it. And every time I venture back to NYC, it’s like coming home.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling to NYC for work, participated in 40-something pharmaceutical meetings, and attended a 3000-person gala dinner where the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, spoke. It was an incredible experience, a week I enjoyed immensely. But my favorite parts were getting out and around the city I love with some of my favorite people in the world.
Following, some favorite photos from the Met, the New York Public Library, the gala, and from out and about New York City: