Hope this helps: The NewNewYorkers keyword digest

5 Dec

I get a kick out of looking at the terms people search before landing on this blog. Some make all the sense in the world, and others…there’s just no telling how they landed on our most-searched list. Here are the most popular ones of late, and the posts y’all might be looking for in your searches:

• sarah protzman howlett: Yep, that’s me. I got hitched in October, hence the revamped professional name.

• is it possible to move to nyc with no money: You’re probably looking for this post, which just took over as the all-time most read on this blog. (Oh, and no, it’s probably not.)

• how to move to nyc without a job: I’ve written lots on this topic because I did move to NYC without a job — granted, it was pre-recession and post having saved up a few thousand dollars (which, believe it or not, took me almost 18 months to do on a journalists’ salary).

• why should i move to brooklyn: You might be looking for this somewhat infamous post, which caused a stir with folks who live and die by the BK. This phrasing makes it seem like maybe people who already did the Manhattan thing are looking to relocate, which I would support over moving from far away to Brooklyn straight out of the gate for the reasons outlined in said post.

• where can i skimp on wardrobe: If you’re asking me, I am a huge fan of Old Navy and Gap for knockaround clothes, and the Banana Republic sale rack for work stuff [yes, I know these guys are all the same company!]. Be choosy at factory/outlet stores: They often make clothes with cheaper materials and pass it off as if it would’ve been $75 in stores…when the truth is, it never was in stores. Flip tags over and you might see an “FS”…a dead giveaway that it was the made-for-TV-movie of name-brand garments.

• brian i carr dating: All I can make of this is a combination of the interview I once did with well-known NYC film scout Nick Carr, and that the worst date I’ve ever been on was with a Brian, which I’ve written about in my book.

• how long to allow a friend to sleep on your couch? This is a tricky one. In a place like New York, I’d say three or four nights, tops. If guests, like fish, start to smell in three days, then in a Manhattan studio, the stench probably surfaces after just 24 hours.

• craigslist still available: Good on you guys for being wary of too-good-to-be-true responses to the stuff you’re selling on Craigslist, i.e. “I’ll offer you $20 more than your asking price just to seal the deal.” In the words of Liz Lemon, “S. That. D. Shut it down.”


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