I love New York (even if I have to go to the laundromat)

Posted: January 2, 2009 by ginavivinetto in music, Tina Federspiel
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By Tina Federspiel

Living in New York city for the past two years has been one of the greatest experiences thus far in my life. For a music lover, it’s the ultimate city to live in. But it doesn’t stop there. If you love art, ethnic food, different cultures, and checking out the live music scene on any given night of the week, then this is the city for you.

I moved here from St. Petersburg, Florida for a job and, to be honest, I dreaded coming here at first and I’ll tell you why. The main reason was that I would have to become accustomed to doing my laundry at a laundromat and this really bummed me out. Never take for granted the fact that you can do your laundry in your home at any time. Like all things, it took some time getting used to. Now I’ve grown accustomed to doing it on a Friday morning and I bring a good book with me while people are watching. It’s very therapeutic. (There are some crazy fucked-up people in this city and they are FUN to watch).

The other reason was having to get rid of my car. Again, at first it took a lot of effort to get motivated to get on the train and go somewhere. But now, with this being the “green” era, I feel good about not owning a car and contributing to the deterioration of the ozone layer and global warming.

So in retrospect, moving to New York was a good thing.

And the music: Wow, where to begin? I never knew how many bands came out of New York: Ambulance LTD, The Damnwells, Yeasayer, MGMT, Sonic Youth and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to name a few. And, you can almost guarantee that your favorite band will make it through this city more than once a year. How many times does that happen in your town?

I’m constantly looking for that ultimate band to move me at a live show. A band to leave me with an all-natural high that I’m still grinning about days later. A band so good, you have to buy a T-shirt. That’s right, I said it: I’m a T-shirt buying whore and I’ll wear them anywhere I want to.

One band to always get out and see if you get the chance is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. If you know me, you know they’re my all-time favorite.

No new stuff this past year, but I always seem to catch a new song they recorded here and there. Worth the money for a ticket any time they play!

  1. Carrie says:

    New York is so amazing but St. Pete misses you! Welcome to Sweaty Bitches, Tina Tator!

  2. james says:

    Interesting view. I’m a native nyer that moved to fla (I get alergic smelling snow) and never even gave a thought of the laundry, but do remember one had to plan the wordrobe around the that trip! I do miss all the great bands as nobody comes to jax, fl; even bands from here play elsewhwere. I really miss 48th st. Checking out the music stores.

  3. Jimmy says:

    I’m a bit jealous. but I comfort myself with the fact I’ve got my own washing machine.

    Who needs NYC?

    *Green of envy*

  4. Tina says:

    Carrie…. I miss St Pete too and all those that I love. 🙂

    James…. I’m a native Floridian that moved to NY. Want to come up and carry my laundry down four flights of stairs each week? Needless to say I’ve purchased enough clothing to go at least 2 weeks without having to do that every friggen weekend.

    Jimmy…I’m green with envy over your washing machine. Seriously.

  5. Jimmy says:

    Tina… my washing machine is a dancer… “he’s” jumping like a mad bull when rinsing, and sometimes it’s really NY in the laundry room.

    I believe this year will be a year of investments one really don’t find luxuary, replacing old stuff is not sexy like travelling and such.

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