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My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City (As Remembered by Actors, Artists, Athletes, Chefs, Comedians, Filmmakers, Mayors, Models, Moguls, Porn Stars, Rockers, Writers, and Others Hardcover – March 23, 2010
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“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 citydays variously exhilarating, overwhelming, terrifying, or inspiring, but invariably unforgettable.” (Booklist)
“As wacky and wonderful as NYC itself.” (Modern Tonic)
“At time hilarious and heartbreaking, all these stories are inspiringjust like life in NYC.” (Star)
“Celebrate[s] all the quirkiness, beauty, creativity, eccentricity, and artistry that is New York City.” (Pop Matters)
Top Customer Reviews
There is something so uplifting reading about people's first experiences in the city instead of say a random memory, people go there with so much hope and promise and to see if the city fulfills that promise, that's all part of the fun. You never know what will happen until you go there.
The essays vary in length and tone but they all contribute something, some of my favorites include essays by James Rosenquist, Liza Minnelli, Parker Posey, Mike Myers, and Jenny Joslin. At times some of the essays came off as people bragging about people they knew and how they were there when this and this happened but I think it comes with the territory, these people were there making history.
This book IS New York City and I'd highly suggest it to New Yorkers and those that wish they were New Yorkers. I feel like I can open it anytime and get a taste of the city.
In this book over 50 New Yorkers tell their stories of early days in Big Apple. The stories are all different, some funny, some sad, all of them exciting and memorable. They tell the story of one of the greatest cities in the world.
If you love New York, and most of us do, this book is for you. And here's a perfect quote to sum up the book: what makes one a real New Yorker is the conscious decision to become one.
In 2010, New York magazine published a feature story in which thirty prominent New Yorkers shared their first New York experience. My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City is an extended version of that magazine feature. The book is a collection of short stories from various people--from actors, artists, authors, politicians, and even porn stars. In the book, they recollect their “first times,” some happier than others, but all are representations of the city from an individual’s perspective in a specific time in history.
The book is chronologically arranged featuring N.Y.C. newcomers who arrived in 1933 to 2009. The book starts with David Dinkins who was the city’s former mayor, ends with actress Jenny Joslin, and includes stories from James Franco, Nora Ephron, Danny DeVito, Naomi Campbell, Amy Sedaris, and Maggie Gyllenhaal among others.
I like how the various authors’ stories represent the diversity of the city and the assortment of personalities who call it home. The stories vary from funny to inspiring to sad. Some of the authors had an easy time settling in while others, not so much.
Lorne Michaels had a job waiting for him in New York City when he moved from California while Jenny Joslin spent half her time auditioning for acting jobs and the other half applying for server positions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some essays are much better than others. I am a native so it was interesting to get a transplant's point of view, but I never finished the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Stanton
Got this for a Christmas present for a friend of mine and she really enjoys it. Great coffee table book for New Yorkers.Published 11 months ago by Robbie Light
This is a fun book but it's so short! That's my main complaint. I ordered the book thinking that it would contain hearty chapters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Midori
Highly recommend. Great read to those who know and love NYC. Brings back memories to my first experience with the city.Published 20 months ago by Adidashine
If you're thinking about moving to or visiting New York, you MUST read this book. It's no secret that New York is arguably the most difficult city to inhabit. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Aly Pierson
If you live in NYC or used to live here, you will love this book! From terrible, relatable stories about mice in the kitchen, to the amazing romance of the city and the feeling... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by AmazLB