Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

goodbye to all that, hello to everything else

I’ve done something I never thought I would do.

I’ve left New York.

Manhattan Bridge, New York City. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

I got a new job, I packed up my stuff, and I moved across country to a little town known as Los Angeles.

And thus, I left New York.

Water St, Financial District, New York City. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

It’s weird to think about something that I thought would be a constant, isn’t anymore.

Midnight pizza runs, Central Park ice skating, Beyonce kitchen dance parties.

Dorlan’s burgers for days, Sunday afternoon diner runs, Game Of Thrones-themed Halloweens.

Surprise parties in September, December, and June.

Manhattan skyline at sunset. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Rooftop rosé. NBA Finals beer. New York state gin.

Puppies. Everywhere. Anywhere.

And fish tacos.

Downtown New York skyline at dusk. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

This isn’t really a goodbye letter — more like a goodbye, for now. This city is too damn beautiful to be left on its own, without me ripping through the city, chasing puppies and eating all the burgers in sight.

Til I return: New York, I love you. And here are my favorite shots of you, that I’ve taken this past year.

South Street Seaport, New York City. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manhattan, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Lower Manhattan, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Soho, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

New York City skyline. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Empire State Building, New York City. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Union Square, Manhattan. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

New York City from the Top of the Rock. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Jackie Onassis Reservoir, Central Park, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

South Street Seaport, Lower Manhattan. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Citi Field, Queens, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Financial District, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Financial District, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Chinatown, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

West Village, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Battery Park, Manhattan, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Freedom Tower, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Union Square, New York. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

New York City skyline, dusk. Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Love you.

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Julia Jean Kennedy

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