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Step 44 - How Do You See Yourself?
photo by I wonder what kind of picture of yourself do you have in your own mind? I’m not asking about the one you present to the world, but about the real ...

Walk with me, Part 4 – Nolita
Nolita is right next to Soho and I was thinking of putting these two walks together – and you could do that of course – but there are just too many things to explore in each neighborhood s...

Step 43: Have the Courage to Stand Alone
Photo by I heard this sentence: “Have the courage to stand alone”, spoken by Brene Brown in a conversation with Marie Forleo a few weeks ago, and it keeps ringing in ...

Walk with Me, Part 3 – Soho
  Soho is one of my favorite places in NY. And it’s not because of the fancy stores (I don’t have the desire to buy a Chanel bag, I want someone to give me that bag for free.) It's...

Step 42 – How do we not go crazy?
It’s very easy to go crazy in NY. It’s way too easy. That’s why at some point, you have to slow down and ask yourself how your mind is doing. There are a few different ways I ...

Step 41 – Close the Open Tabs
I recently noticed that everyone, including myself, says, “OMG, this month passed by so fast! Where did the time go?” And I feel that every year we say it more often. Have you noticed th...

The Bridges of Madison County - A Cautionary Tale
I’ve been coming back to old movies recently and watched one of my favorite movies of all time – “The Bridges of Madison County” with my favorite actress, Meryl Str...

Brooklyn vs. Manhattan
It’s funny how Manhattan and Brooklyn are different, even though they are only a river away. They are actually just one subway stop away (which is a few minutes’ distance). A lot of peop...

Women’s Surf Film Festival
I finally attended Women’s Surf Film Festival that took place at Rockaway Beach Surf Club on the last Friday and Saturday of July. I didn’t see all the movies (they’re mostly short...

35 years ago, a miracle happened and I came into this world. And everything changed. I’m kidding. Nothing changed, except for the fact that the world got a bit confused. When I was a little ...

Yelp & Health
If you are running a restaurant business in NYC, you always fear of two things: Health Department and Yelp reviews. Health Department comes to a restaurant once a year and checks everything &ndash...

Racism Is Still Alive
I just had a chance to watch a new movie called “Crown Heights” and I must say it was a really painful screening for me. Had I watched it back in Poland, I would probably look at it as j...
2016-11-08 Living in NY

We All Look the Same, or: What Would New Yorker buy?

When I first moved to NY, I thought everyone here was entirely unique and that literally everyone looked different. The longer I live here, the more I think we all look the same. I’m not talking about the skin color, hair type, or face of course. I’m talking about the way we dress. I already wrote on Just Like NY about two basic colors New Yorkers love – black and white –
2016-10-14 Living in NY

Polish People in NYC

There is this sentence I’ve been hearing from Polish people ever since I got to NY (please, don’t get angry, my dear compatriots): “I didn’t come here to meet Polish people”. What’s more, my answer to a question: “Are you dating any Polish guys?”, usually was the exact same one. Where does it come from? When we decide to immigrate to a different co
2016-09-02 Living in NY

3 years of Just Like NY

Suddenly, it’s been three years since I started Just Like NY. I was thinking recently how great would it be to do only this for a living: write and explore NY every day. But it’s impossible right now. Sometimes someone says to me: “Hey, I can see you are still running your website”, and this never fails put a smile on my face, because for me it’s obvious that &ndash
2016-08-25 Living in NY

Matcha Latte Groove

I remember when I moved to NYC, I made a bit fun of all those women who always buy green tea or matcha latte, shop at Whole Foods (a bit expensive store with healthy food) or Trader’s Joe(cheaper version of Whole Foods – I really recommend it). And now, 3 years later, I’m one of them too. True, I haven’t ordered Matcha Latte yet, but I feel this moment is coming. Consider
2016-08-17 Living in NY

Demanding (and Judgmental) Dogs in NYC.

I’m lucky enough to have friends in NYC who own dogs and ask me to take care of them once in a while. And every time I do it, I’m amused by the observation I get to make.   You ought to know that us New Yorkers love their dogs (I mentioned that at Just Like NY before) and even if the conditions that we live in are not the most suitable for having a dog, many of us decide to h
2016-08-15 Living in NY

Why New Yorkers Don’t Like Tourists

HOUSE OF YES There are several reasons. 1. Because tourists walk too slow, or they have no clue on how to walk in general. When we’re walking over here and the person in front of us is walking in a strange tempo (I mean – a slow one), not even trying to pass other people, we know we’re dealing with a tourist. And of course we’re irritated that “they can’t e
2016-07-29 Living in NY

Let’s connect

One of the things I really love about NY is how people here are open to one another. You will probably hear that New Yorkers are really distant and are just chasing their own goals, which is also true (the majority of us is like that). But there’s also another truth, my own – the one I’ve experienced living in this city. It won’t be an exaggeration for me to say that ev
2016-07-24 Living in NY


Things got really sad in the United States recently. I hope something good will come out of it, though. The change has to happen, because it just can’t stay like it is anymore. There is one thing I truly don’t understand – why now, in the XXI century, in 2016, we have to even have this discussion? Why aren’t some things are already obvious for everybody? Why do we have

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