My stay in New York was very short lived. The fact that it was cold, like really cold, played the most part in why it did not work for Terrance and I to stay there. I was already set when we first moved to NY. I was interning at one of the most legendary recording studios on the east side, and I had a part time job to pay the bills. However, Terrance wasn’t that happy with New York.
We knew we were moving to New York a couple months before, but we were still unsure if we were still going to move there. I had been working at this glorified Whole Foods and 7- Eleven mashup store for a couple of months and I had been really enjoying working there. But because I had lived in Atlanta for my whole life. It was time for something new. It was time to explore.
I ended getting a call from the studio saying that they wanted to hire me and wanted me to start the following month. I was beyond excited and I put in my two weeks notice the same day. Both Terrance and I was happy for the big move. Not so our family though. My mom took it kinda light but it was a different story for Terrance’s.
Fitting an Entire life in four luggage Bags
As you can imagine, we had to throw away so much stuff. And the things that we could not take with us, we had our family hold them and we would pick them up when we came back to visit another time. Terrance had the most to throw away. He had thousands of dollars worth of hair and products that he absolutely had trouble with getting rid of. He threw away a lot of stuff and was able to fit all he had in two suitcases. I just needed my laptop and my books. I wasn’t able to bring my violin with me but it wasn’t that much of a big deal considering the fact I barely touched it since high school.
The night before our flight, we stayed over our friend Tiffany’s house. She stays in the country of Atlanta called Fayettville. When I tell you we hate the country, we are not exaggerating. We stayed there for Terrance to say his final goodbye to Tiffany. That night I could not sleep. We woke up at like 5 in the morning to get ready for our 8 o’clock flight. As she was dropping us off at the airport she began to cry. She couldn’t believe that we were actually leaving. I was too sleepy for emotions so I was just like “BYE!”
This had been my first time on a plane and it was so scary for me to fathom. But I was not as scared as I though I would be. The flight was actually nice. There was a couple bumps on the way but not anything too scary. However, I hated the fact that my ears kept on popping. That annoyed me so much.
Arriving in New York
As the plane started to fly over New York, I thought “EW.” The sky was so gray and the buildings looked so old and tattered. It was not like what it looked like in all the movies. But I thought to myself, people did say it was a dirty place. When we landed, it was so cold. And it was super humid. Our first transaction was with the MTA machine and it was not a forgiving one. Were were trying to pay for a monthly pass so we wouldn’t waste our money in one day. Unfortuanelty, the machine did not take bills nor cards. Only coins. I was frustrated as we stood around for an hour trying to figure out what we were going to do. Fast forward, we were able to get on the bus to the nearest subway entrance.
As we were riding the bus, we were not impressed with what we were seeing. Nothing but old and abandon buildings.
We made it to the subway and we were told to take the 1. We got on the train and we realized we were on the wrong train. We needed to be on the 1 going Downtown. At the time it was the most confusing thing that could have ever been created. We finally made it to our room where we met with the landlord.
She broke down the rules for us quite clear and simple. She said, ” No drinking, smoking and running in and out after 11. You can not use the kitchen and you share a bathroom. Everyone must clean up after themselves and spray air fresher as well. By the way, rent is 300 a week due on Monday.” Then she closed the door.
It was too much for us to take in. We were not in love with NY and we didnt have a kitchen to cook out of. So you know what we did? We both laid on the bed and cried. We asked each other if we had made a bad decision.
We told each other we did not make a bad decision. We would work everything out.
First Day on the Job
The next day was work day for the both of us. We had no time to play around. Terrance transferred to a Sally’s in Brooklyn and I was at Quad Studios on Monday Wednesday and Fridays and every other day was working at a coffee shop on the Upper West Side. I liked working with Quad Studios. It was really chill and laid back. I was able to work with a lot of artist including Mac Miller, Arianna Grande, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Migos, Dave East, and many more. My biggest moment was assisting for Corrieanne Bailey for a song she did for the Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack. My coffee job was boring as hell and I counted the minutes. I knew that that job was not going to last. Much like the rest of my jobs.
Terrance was a trooper. The travel time for him to get to work in Brooklyn was a little under two hours. We had learned that commuting on the subway was a regular thing to do as a New Yorker. But Terrance hated it and so did I. For that reason, We created a hate for Brooklyn. We wanted nothing to do with brooklyn on our off days.
Fun & Leisure
We were really sucky New Yorkers because we didn’t go see all the tourist attractions. We thought that we would wait and take our time because after all, we were staying here. We went to the Museum of Modern Art which was a really cool Mueseum. They had a lot of weird exhibits but it was awesome. We also went through the Skyline. It was really beautiful. We also did a little shopping in Chelsea and Soho. Because my studio was in the heart of Time Square, I was in Time Square a lot and I loved it there the most. When you forget about the Tourists.
Dunken Donuts & Street Food
Somebody kill me for how many calories I consumed when I was in New York. I had Dunken Donuts every morning because I was always on the go and needed something quick. My usual was a Chai Tea Latte and a pink sprinkle donut. I ate almost three slices of $1 pizza every day because they were so cheap and so convenient. They were like on every block. And don’t even get me started on the Halel Food. This was heaven to me. The Halel Guys were Gods. I had never heard of such a thing. Chiken over rice and the white sauce? Oh GOD!!! I know for a fact that NY is to blame for my current weight size now.
Although New York had began to grow on me, it wasn’t the same for Terrance and I could see it in his emotions through out the days. Things were getting better and we were on our feet but I too did not have a strong bond with NY. We eventually came to a mutual agreement that New York was not going to be the place that we would set up shop and spend the rest of our lives.
Terrance saw that I still kinda wanted to stay in New York and he was willing to stay for two years. I however, did not want to stay for us to move later. I was ready to be some where permanent and build. I asked him why don’t we move tomorrow. He was shocked at my decision. He though that I was playing but then he realized how serious I was. At the time we had used all of our money in New York and would have to wait for the next paycheck in order to put money down for a room somewhere else.
So right then and there we decided to just go ahead and book a flight to Los Angeles, California for the next day. It was quite ambitious but we are here now in LA and we do not regret it at all.
So, New York, is it a Yay or Nay?
New York is a mixture of Yay and Nay. Like one of my co workers told me at Quad Studios, NY is like a love hate relationship. You hate it somedays, and you love it like no other on the other days. I decided that I would want to only love NY. I love the city and all of its “unique” beauty. However, NY is a place I could be at small amounts of time. California is my home now and I look forward to building a future here with Terrance.