A few years ago, my family and I moved from Texas to New York and I love so much about this city. While my vlog is focused on social media, I sure love how some creators are using YouTube to share their journey in NYC. In this episode, I’m sharing some of my favorite NYC vloggers and I think there’s a thing or two that every creator can learn from watching these 10 individuals share their story through video.
There are so many things to love about New York! There are so many things that we want to share! As I wrap up this blog series, here are a few more things that we love and will miss in New York City:
● Cultural Diversity – this is the biggest thing that we will miss! In our brownstone alone we lived with families from Vermont, Boston and France. Throughout every day we interacted with people from so many different cultures. I liked to interview my Uber drivers and my first 10 were from different countries all outside of the United States. The cultural diversity in the city of New York is like nowhere else in the world and is such a beautiful thing!
● Subway/Mass Transit – the subway system can feel overwhelming at first, but once you adjust it becomes such a natural way to get around the city. I loved the people watching and not having to drive in the city. It also makes your commute time much more predictable as train traffic doesn’t really compare to car traffic. The biggest question is really how crowded the train will be rather than how long it will take. If you have personal space issues, the subway system is probably not for you.
● Unique Neighborhoods – every neighborhood in New York is unique! We loved finding an excuse to check out different neighborhoods and unique spots in each. From SOHO to Williamsburg to Hells Kitchen, we enjoyed the uniqueness of each!
● Parks – a park in New York is not just a park. The creativity of space is so unique in every park. Every square inch of Central Park and Prospect Park is so optimally used. Experiencing a park like the High Line that was an above ground rail line that was converted to a park. The parks in New York City are just so energizing!
● Delivery Everything – we thought living in New York might be inconvenient with groceries, transportation, etc. We quickly found Fresh Direct who delivered our groceries not just to our door, but up 4 flights of stairs and directly into our kitchen. We also found the Seamless app which delivered take out food to us from 300 different restaurants in our area. Oh yeah, and Amazon Prime added 1 hour deliver shortly after we got there.
● Accents – we absolutely love the native New York accent! There’s nothing like a well said “Forget About It!” We had hoped our girls might pick up a little bit while here. Time will tell on that one.
We will sure miss New York City! This experience has been indescribable and we’re so grateful to have had this opportunity. There are so many things that we have loved, but we are excited to see all that God has ahead for us. This season has only fueled the desire for more family adventures in our future. We cannot wait to get to Texas and see all that is ahead. While we will no longer live in New York, we will be back often and cannot wait for the adventures ahead!
It feels weird to list my favorite churches, but it has been a privilege to get to know several of the incredible churches in the city. God is moving in New York City and it has been fun to get to know the diversity of churches that are collectively connecting the body of Christ in the city. Here are some of my favorite churches that I have had the privilege of worshiping alongside:
New Life Fellowship Church - our first church to visit and definitely would have been regulars if it wasn’t an hour + commute. This is likely the most diverse church on the planet.
Trinity Grace - this is probably the church we were most engaged in. While we never connected deeply, we appreciated so much the time we spent here getting to know some incredible people and sitting under the teach of Jon Tyson.
Liberty Church - we really enjoyed visiting Liberty Church, but honestly the struggle of the commute here created the greatest challenge as we had to take a bus which can be challenging with bad weather and kids.
Hillsong Church - the past few months we have made Hillsong our go to place to worship as a family. The worship experiences are powerful and while we haven’t established many relationships here, we have enjoyed everyone that we have gotten to know during each visit.
Brooklyn Tabernacle - while we never attended a weekend service, I did have the privilege of attending a prayer service. It was an experience that I will never forget.
Here are a few other great churches we had the privilege of either attending or connecting with while in New York:
Check out this hilarious video Jimmy Kimmel did with kids about the New York vs LA rivalry!
Since moving to New York one of my greatest frustrations has been finding a core community of innovators to engage with face to face. I know the city is packed with them, but between my travel and working from home I just have not been able to find a place to consistently connect in the city. I tried several co-working spots, but the truth is that I don't need a co-working space as I have a very effective and efficient space at home to be productive. The cost of a co-working space to just drop in and meet people just didn't work for me.
This past week I became a member of LMHQ in New York City. LMHQ is a Collaboration Space for creators and creatives in Lower Manhattan with the goal of coming together to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth. When I heard about the space I was immediately fascinated by the vision and loved that they communicated over and over that they are NOT a coworking space. You can read more about it here in an article that Forbes did on the space.
What do you think about a collaboration space? Is this the future or is this excessive?
If you're ever in New York and want to meet up, I've got the perfect place for you to meet me! Guests are more than welcome!