Thursday, June 7, 2018

First Line Friday: I Heart NYC Edition




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"The southwest windows of my third-floor loft face on one of the most harum-scarum intersections in the city, where Sixth Avenue, Varick Street (Seventh Avenue), West Broadway, and Thompson Street, pinched by the narrowness of Manhattan, dump huge loads of traffic into the already rich mixture of cars and trucks heading east and west on Canal Street between Manhattan bridge and the Holland Tunnel."

*Sigh*

I am in love with a city I have never been to. I have loved deeply from afar, coming as close as flying into Newark from Amsterdam in 2010. I took in the beautiful skyline and still hope to one day travel the streets on foot, getting lost in the history and hustle and bustle of the greatest city on earth.

Someday NYC, someday.


When the Beastie Boys released their album To the Five Boroughs in June of 2004, I knew it would become quite possibly my fave album. It did not disappoint. 'An Open Letter to NYC' is golden. Enjoy the video.


Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

28 comments:

  1. I feel much the same way, there's just something about NYC even though I haven't been there either. One of these days! And when I do go I just want some unstructured time to wander the streets!

    Cool video! The only Beastie Boys I really know is No Sleep Til Brooklyn lol.

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    1. Yes, I want to just wander around each borough and see all there is to see. There is a great book I read last year, called Adventures in Old New York by the guys who do the Bowery Boys podcast. It is excellent and will make a fantastic guide book. You should check it out.

      The Beastie Boys are one of my all-time favorites. It pains me to no end that I was never able to see them in concert before MCA passed away. Such talent. I highly recommend listening to 'To the 5 Boroughs', it is a great album. Pretty much all their stuff is great, and No Sleep is one of my fave tracks.

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  2. What a mouthful that first line is! I hope I will get to see NYC some day, but I have a lot further to go than you!

    I'm sharing the first line from "Where the Fire Falls" by Karen Barnett on my blog today, but right now I'm going to share the first line from another read I recently enjoyed: The Captured Bride, by Michelle Griep.

    "It ain't right. YOU ain't right."

    Don't take it personally. ;-)

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    1. I hope so too, there are so many places within the city I want to see. I highly recommend 'Adventures in Old New York', a book by the guys who do the Bowery Boys podcast. It is basically an awesome guide book to the city and has tons of great info.

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  3. Happy Friday! I've been to NYC hundreds of times and it takes my breath away each and every time! I hope you get there one day!😊

    My FLF comes from a book I will be reading next, Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe.

    “I like Zeb Turner for the assistant ranch foreman position.” Travis Maxwell looked across the conference table at his sisters, Lucy and Emma, hoping for confirmation, and then shoved another cinnamon roll into his mouth.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊

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    1. I am so jealous!! What are your favorite sights to see? I can't wait to go there for myself, but until then I live vicariously through the stories of others :)

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  4. I've never been the NYC. I'm a small-town girl, and much prefer the slower pace of life in a small town. It may be nice to visit someday...

    Over on my blog I’m featuring Among The Poppies by J’Nell Ciesielski. Here I'll share the first line from Chapter 22.
    “The wrench spun like a dial, blurring faster and faster until it flew off the side of the engine and cartwheeled in the dirt.”

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    1. I've lived in big cities, or suburbs of big cities, my whole life. I can't imagine not having access to all the things a big city provides, though I do admit that small towns do appeal to me in visiting, at least. My grandparents moved back to the town they grew up in a couple years ago and I do enjoy visiting there but like you and NYC, could not ever live there.

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  5. NYC would be SO overwhelming! I grew up in a small Texas town.

    My #FLF is from Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

    Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I could see how it would be overwhelming to someone who grew up in a small town, for sure! I love big cities, they're all I've ever known. Happy Reading!

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  6. I haven't heard about this book. Enjoy learning about it. Happy reading. My FL comes from an adventure book.

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  7. NYC's hold over imaginations seems to be global -- I often read about people in Europe and the Middle East who look to NYC as the big time, the entrance to the life they want. I used to collect photographs of cities, and that landscape of towers always does something to my brain -- it's hard to imagine SO MUCH HAPPENING. Despite my aversion to crowds, I would like to experience it once..if only for a weekend.

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    1. Agreed. There is something about New York that just pulls people toward it. I was a freshman in college when 9/11 happened. Before school started, my grandma took me clothes-shopping, which had been a tradition since Kindergarten. I got this cool tank that showed the skyline of Manhattan, complete with the Towers, which would be gone within weeks of me getting it. It doesn't exactly fit anymore, but I still have the shirt. I just can't part with it. I love crowds and big cities, it is where I feel most at home.

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  8. Oh, those Beastie Boys! Brings back memories...

    I’m sharing from the prologue of King’s Folly by Jill Williamson on my blog today, so here I’ll share from the first chapter:

    “A procession of fifty men made their way through the cool desert night from the royal retreat in Canden toward The Gray. Fifty-one men, technically, though the king did not count the wailing convict riding in the cage since the man would soon be dead.”

    Happy Friday!

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    1. YES! They're one of my favorites, and it saddens me that I was never able to see them in concert before MCA passed away. Such talent, I love their music.

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  9. From a book I'm due to start tomorrow:

    "Business at the warehouse was going downhill rapidly. There had already been meetings on the floor and warnings about dire times ahead. I'd only been taken on from the agency and made 'permanent' a couple of months earlier, and already I was expecting to be got rid of. I'd been applying for new jobs continuously anyway since I started there. But for others who were more attached to the place, its social and historical solidity,was dissolving before their eyes."

    Non-Stop Inertia by Ivor Southwood.

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  10. Love those first lines!

    Today’s first lines come from Kat Mizera’s new release, Defending Dani. This was a super sweet and emotional hockey romance.

    “Sergei Petrov got out of the taxi and hurriedly paid the drive as he grabbed his bag. He hadn’t seen his son in more than two months and couldn’t wait to look into his sweet little face.”

    I’m featuring lines from Lexi Blake’s new release “Order of Protection” on my blog. Check out to see the start of her newest series!

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  11. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I'm sharing the first paragraph to This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller. Here I will share the first two lines from the book I'm currently reading, I Am My Beloved by Caryl McAdoo. It's a retelling of Song of Solomon.

    "Abishag held the cups level and took small ladylike steps, careful not to slosh. She grinned then placed the wine -- except water really, her mother wouldn't allow her real wine -- on the stone table."

    Hope you have an excellent weekend with lots of quality reading time! 😁

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    1. I was able to read some really great books, it was time well-spent. Eleanor and I are getting our library visits in once again now that school is over. Happy Reading!

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  12. The Book I'm sharing on my blog is Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan but I'm currently listening to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and I'll share the first line from that here: "We slept in what had once been the gymnasium." Happy reading this weekend! :)

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  13. I'd love to visit NYC someday.

    I'm sharing about The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd on my blog today. I'm currently reading Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh so I'll share the first line from that here:

    "He shouldn't be here."

    Happy weekend! :D

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    1. Me either! (Obviously, haha). Check out 'Adventures in Old New York' by the Bowery Boys (they have a great podcast). It is such a treasure, full of tons of info and historical tidbits. It would be the perfect book to take when traversing the city.

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