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:

New York City, from the air

Degas, the Dancers sketches, The Met Museum, NYC

Degas, the Dancers sketches, The Met Museum, NYC

Degas and more Dancers, The Met Museum, NYC

Degas and more Dancers, The Met Museum, NYC (I love these)

Monet and the Water Lilies, the Met Museum, NYC

Monet and the Water Lilies, the Met Museum, NYC

Degas's the Dancer, the Met Museum, NYC

Degas’s the Dancer cast in bronze, the Met Museum, NYC — my favorite

David Cameron, speaking

David Cameron, speaking

New York Public Library front doors, detail

New York Public Library front doors, detail

New York Public Library interior, detail

New York Public Library interior, detail

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

New York Public Library entrance to Rose Reading Room

New York Public Library entrance to Rose Reading Room

the streets of NYC

the streets of NYC

NYC Washington Square Park monument, at night

NYC Washington Square Park monument, at night

St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC -- luminous

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC — luminous

Flowers everywhere at Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Flowers everywhere at Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

Inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC

Sledding in Central Park, NYC

Sledding in Central Park, NYC

 

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