new york i love you

Posted on May 27th, 2010

I’m off to New York this morning. So posts will be a little thin for a bit. Perhaps.


I’m off to New York to interview a few people for my column and to start writing my book, which will all happen in the New York State Library (the one in which Carrie was meant to get married to Big in the movie; and where they filmed Ghostbusters….and countless other movies). Seems bizarre to travel all that way to sit in a library. But I reckon it’s going to work.

I love New York. It’s a place where things happen. And where you can extend yourself.  Everyone tries to put their finger on why the place gels, including Alisha Keys and Jay-Z. But I think it’s simple: everyone in New York lives life out in the fray, in the streets, on stoops, in cafes, on the subway…and so you feel part of something very alive and connected. People get shitty with each other, nick each other’s cabs, have fights with soup nazis, fall in love with strangers, meet life-long friends on the subway. She see films being shot, celebrities in diners and famous authors doing book readings. It’s real and visceral and messy and smelly.

This new film, New York, I Love You sums it up nicely. It’s in cinemas now. I saw it the other day and really liked it. It captures the way that nothing really has to happen for it to feel like something is happening:

This trip I’ll be:

– having tea with Gala Darling, an ex-Melbourne blogger now based over there. Check out her blog. It sparkles.

– going to One Lucky Duck, a raw food cafe that too many people have mentioned for me to ignore.

– eating avocado on toast at Cafe Gitane. This place feels like Bondi. Or Fitzroy. Heath Ledger used to always be there.

– taking part in this MOMA exhibition (where you sit and stare at a woman who’s been sitting and staring at strangers since early March).

– and hanging out with my dear friend Kersti. This is Kersti and I. We hike together. And drink red wine together. 2010-05-26_1311

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  • Olivia

    Sarah, have you seen ‘Paris, je t’aime’? If not, you should.


  • Paul

    Am sooo jealous – going to NY would be fantastic. Have a safe trip Sarah, take lots of pics for us and don’t make the blog posts too thin!!


  • Laura

    Are you hanging out with the INN bunch? Sounds like they have some fabulous lectures to attend!


  • Rach

    Sarah Wilson, STOP IT with those legs! Geezus, HAWT!!! Have a fabulous time in the best city in the world, can’t wait to read about all your adventures xx


  • Chris

    Safe travels Sarah.
    Looking forward to reading your interviews and of course your book.
    New York is an amazing city, perfect choice for the creative process.
    Don’t forget to try and grab Mr D Trump for an interview 😛


  • Karli

    Yeah damn Sarah, those legs are awesome. Great work! Oh please hug Gala, she brings me so much joy, as do you. Have a wonderful time. Looking forward to your book!


  • Mike

    Don’t get slimmed (you know ghost busters)
    Book sounds, writing it even better.
    Can’t wait big fan.


  • Jess

    Have a fantastic trip Sarah!


  • Marthe

    I love New York! Have a wonderful time!!


  • marina

    mmm lucky you !!
    i used to go to school in westchester and take the train into the city every weekend.
    take pictures and post them !! im homesickkk


  • Jules Eyre

    Have an awesome time Sarah. Looking forward to getting over there to visit my cuz who’s just moved to Manhatten. That you in the pic? Nice jeans. ; )


  • Jules Eyre

    And yes, agreed, very nice legs.


  • Louisa

    Ah, my book had its beginnings in that library too! It is so beautiful and peaceful, like a cathedral. And i used to pat the lions for luck each time i went up its steps. Only issue was that the rooms with wi-fi didn’t have power points when i was there. Which forces you to unplug from net and write your book!
    Bon voyage!


  • Brian James

    Hey there Sarah,
    Thanks for letting us into your enthralling life.
    Looking forward to vicarioulsy enjoying NY.
    Surprising things are in store for you there I’m sure.
    The Universe is waiting for you. Cheers


  • RubyTwoShoes

    Haha, I too had a giggle at Rach telling you to ‘stop it with those legs!’ – I totally get why….

    Ah, new york new york, all our creatives are there, or heading there -so exciting for you!


  • Laura Cococcia

    All great recommendations! I live right next to One Lucky Duck and Cafe Gitane is my fave! Welcome back to NYC!


  • kk

    SARAH…OMG… those legs.
    Must pass on the compliment because it happened in real time with me sitting here at my desk
    “jesssus look at her pins…..’

    jelous. but happy for you. now excuse me while i go hike somewthing.

    have a “fabulous’ time


  • Anna Davidson

    Hi Sarah, I just returned from NY (to Calgary, Canada where I am now living …. it’s great to follow your blog as a little slice of home) …. the MoMA exhibition you are talking about is crazy! Very bizarre and for me, raised a lot of questions about what constitutes art! Enjoy your time taking part in it!


  • Bernadette Keating

    My husband and I got back from New York about a month ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. We spent an amazing week there (my first overseas trip) and loved it so much. There is so-oooo much to do and see and we did not have anywhere near enough time. There is an amazing energy there and surprisingly (to me) an incredible sense of history. Central Park is an 843 acre oasis around which the city sits. I had no idea the park was so huge! My dream is to live in a loft in Manhatten and continue my work as a relationship therapist. (Americans don’t seem to have the aversion to therapy that Aussies do!) I hope we can go back…….New York I miss you. Have a wonderful time Sarah!


  • Jennifer Richardson

    Thanks for your tip about One Lucky Duck Sarah, I can’t wait to try it when I go to New York next year!

    Right now though I’m on a mission to create a month of recipes for people on gluten free, dairy free, meat free diets for my blog. This restaurant shows it the deliciousness to be found for people on any diet and I think it’s so awesome!

    Thanks for improving the lives of your readers with your adventures!


  • matt

    Great place to hatch the egg,so to speak. Good luck .And yeah, only library nerds would understand though.
    Leggs on toast,I mean, avacodo on toast ,try it with vegemite,cross cultural bliss.

    Have a great,safe ,trip long legged scribe.


  • mandy

    It is truly a city for inspiration….. come back inspired and have a blast ! Try pastiesse in Soho for Sunday brunch its a great place to people watch and be truly inspired!


  • Brooke

    Enjoy one of the great cities of the world and all it has to offer. Sounds like you have a great plan, love every minute of it! Can’t wait to read your stories….