Within my first month of living here, “normal” daily tasks of New York such as hailing a cab or crossing streets (without checking traffic) had be learned quickly. The key to blending in while learning the ways of the city is to appear as confident as possible. Not an easy task for someone who had never transferred subway trains in a major metropolitan city, and was fearful of getting lost dropped off in the mid of Staten Island.
To help me get over the tough learning curve of The Big Apple was a book about fellow newcomers – My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City. I drew inspiration from famous people who had braved the city before me. The humor in their adventures and truth in their recollections inspired these illustrations. Plus it gave me something to do, as initially I didn’t know a soul here. (And neither did some of them!)