Well NY came and went – very quickly – I might add. I decided that for our first fashion shoot, I would like it to be in NY, a fashion capital filled with an endless amount of creative people.
Baruch Hashem, everything came together very nicely, and I left on Saturday night at 11:00pm. We arrived in NY at 6:30am. I arrived far more refreshed and invigorated after a most bumpy ride, and a very interrupted night’s sleep – or snooze shall we say – than I should have been. The reason being – I was just SO excited!
It was the first time I had been alone without a family member ( and I do love them all dearly) in 10 YEARS! And what better place to be alone ( bar Israel), than NYC! I got off the bus, and although it was about 2 degrees celsius, I felt roused to walk the next 60 blocks, and take in the sights and smells of Manhattan. For a city that doesn’t sleep, it is awfully quiet at that time of day. There were a few stragglers, a few late night lovers eating an early breakfast or very late dinner in the middle of Time’s Square, some Asian tourists, and me!
As I walked, so many memories came flooding back to me. From the first time I ever went to NY, when I was 16 years old, with my mother and sister; another trip with an unmentionable person, where we ate at TGIF’s ( long before my kosher days!); to another not-so -kosher trip with a girlfriend where I explored the city’s nightlife ( those memories were a bit blurry!); to when I arrived there for a 10 day vacation, and landed up moving there; to meeting the love of my life, and all the places we visited.
As I walked, I realized how my life miraculously changed so many times. And NY seemed to be the pivotal point at each juncture. I could not help but feel the excitement well up inside of me as I was here again, a new stage, a new business. Back in the city where anything is possible.
I was also immensely grateful. Here I was 10 years later. Married with wonderful family.
At that point I had made it to Columbus Circle. I ran into a coffee shop, did a superman-like change of clothing, and hailed a cab! Off to my shoot.
The shoot went excellently. Everyone brought their best attitudes. It was wonderful meeting all these people who I had only spoken to. We felt like a team.
As my dad says, “A stranger is only someone you don’t know”. We are all well acquainted now, and I look forward to working with everyone again.
“If I can make it here, I’ll make it any–where . It’s up to you – New York, New York bah, bah, babada…….”