I am just a gal in one of the biggest and most expensive cities in the world doing my best to get by…. No, scratch that. Let’s try this again…. I am a gal in one of the biggest and most expensive cities in the world trying my best to improve my quality of life and enjoy all the opportunities that this nutty place has to offer—without becoming bogged down by its less attractive qualities.

With that in mind, I started this blog for both selfish and altruistic reasons. As a New Yorker for more than a decade, I’ve found that the challenges of city living change along with my phase of life. It has occurred to me that the younger version of myself could have greatly benefitted from advice from the older version of myself, and I know that there has to be quite a bit of knowledge out there in this city (and perhaps other places) that I might benefit from now and in the future. My hope is that my ideas for improving urban living will benefit plenty of others who sometimes struggle with this fabulous place (or other similar metropolises)…and that along the way people will share ideas that I (and everyone else) can benefit from as well.

Softer City is meant to be a community and forum for urbanites–in addition to a place where I can share what I’ve learned in my years as a city dweller. If there is a specific city-related subject or challenge that you would like me to offer thoughts on or  investigate on your behalf , you can send me a request at softercity@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!

In any case, I hope you’ll join me in my quest to make city life less harsh (on both the pocket book and the soul) or, at minimum, find a place to commiserate and know you’re not alone!

P.S. All the photos on this site were taken by me, unless otherwise indicated. If you want to use any of the images, please contact me for permission. Thanks!

8 Responses to “About”

  1. freddie March 12, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    brilliant blog! I am actually planning my first trip to NYC at the mo (first trip to the US, to be precise!) and I will read your blog back to back – so much cool stuff! thanks, all the best!

    • girlnextfloor March 12, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks very much! I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying it!

  2. Writing Blanks April 1, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Dear girlnextfloor:

    Thank you again for the Liebster Blog Award. I have nominated you for yet another because honestly, we saw YOU first. Hee hee. So, without further ado, visit Laszlo and my blog (you know where to find us by now), and get started.

    Best wishes,

    Lala and Laszlo

    • girlnextfloor April 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      Ah, touche. How very clever and creative of you. Given that I’m now very familiar with your blog, I suppose I should have expected nothing less!

  3. Mona Lisa April 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    What a great blog! I love reading about your adventures :)

    • girlnextfloor April 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Thanks so much! I love writing about them! It makes me happy to hear that you enjoy the blog!!!

  4. Alisa July 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi-I love the concept of your blog. I am in love with NYC and I feel like I spend a lot of time sifting through all the information about the city and what it offers. It’s nice to get insider tips from your blog. I especially like your easy escapes series. I have yet to make it to Governor’s Island but I will in the next few weeks!

    P.S. Thanks for following my blog!

    • girlnextfloor July 23, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Alisa! I love the beautiful photos on your blog, and it’s always lovely to meet someone who shares my love for NYC. Softer City is definitely a labor of love for me, so it’s nice to hear that you enjoy it. Governors Island is definitely worth checking out. You’ll have to let me know what you think of it–or perhaps I’ll see it in one of your future posts!

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