Inspired by New York City

I have a big problem. I want to go to New York City. But, it’s not really possible right now. For a variety of reasons, not least of which is that I refuse to subject myself or anyone else to my three small children on a long-haul flight.

What is it about New York City that makes us swoon? Is it the glamour of the gorgeous buildings so high and the grit of the streets below? Is it the concrete jungle surrounding the green oasis of Central Park? Is it the sense of possibility that you could become who you want to be? Maybe the movies and television shows have tricked us into some kind of love affair with New York City. Whatever you think it is, there is an energy in Manhattan that can’t be matched anywhere in the world.

I spent the last week binging the latest book in Jen Morris’ Love in the City series. Set in New York City, The Love You Deserve instantly transports you there and makes you swoon over the characters and the city they live in. As a writer from New Zealand, this is a pretty impressive feat.

When I finished this book – with a terrible book hangover – I couldn’t bring myself to start anything new straight away. I didn’t want to come out of the New York City bubble. I wanted to dream about it some more and this got me thinking about what I like to watch or read when I want some NYC inspiration.

I have to make an admission, though. I’ve been to New York City once, and when I first touched down at LaGuardia Airport, I didn’t love it. I didn’t even love it after a few days. I had so many expectations and it was different and more overwhelming than I thought it would be. It took me a little longer to adjust to it and for my feet to recover from the blisters created from all the walking. But, by the time I started to settle in and embrace the energy, it was time for me to leave.

Now, I can’t wait to go back with a whole new list of things I want to do. And when I can’t do something that I want to do, I dream about it instead, so I’m sharing my top five dreamy New York City recommendations.

Sex and the City

Duh. It’s a classic. It’s the ultimate Manhattan dream. A woman looking for love in the city with a freelance job that lets her work from home and afford a wardrobe full of desirable designers.

Gossip Girl

As a teenager, I was obsessed with Gossip Girl. It’s all the glitz and the glamour that New York City promises to be – if you have the cash flow.

Love in the City Series by Jen Morris

Reading these books makes me want to pull an Alex (from book 1, Love in the City) and book a ticket to New York City to meet new people and become a full time writer. Kind of impossible with the kidlets, but maybe when they’re all moved out I’ll be on a plane to celebrate?

Hannah Orenstein (@hannahorens)

Not only is Hannah an amazing author, she shares some great content through her Instagram, particularly her stories. I love seeing her life from her Brooklyn-based apartment and her insights on dating.

Court and Kelly (@courtandkelly)

Courtney and Kelly, the cousins behind the blog Mimosas and Manhattan are all things young and stylish in New York City. If you’re ever looking for fun NYC content, these girls are where it’s at.

Do you have favourites that you like to read or watch when you’re feeling for a particular location?

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