There are eighteen days till my launch date and I’m thinking of New York City, which is it’s own character in the novel. I love New York. The electricity of millions of people walking the streets is so vibrant, you can feel it in your bones. Ever since I was a young girl and watched “That Girl” with Marlo Thomas, I wanted to be her–although I never aspired to be an actress.
As soon as I graduated from college, I headed to the City and found a job as a paralegal on Park Avenue between 49th and 50th. I lived in a brownstone with a roommate on 85th and First and took advantage of the museums, ballet, theater and restaurants –at least to the extent my measly salary would allow. Back then, the Metropolitan Museum of Art didn’t charge a fee but suggested a donation. If you didn’t have it, they would let you in anyway. Co-workers who had season tickets to the ballet always thought of me first if they couldn’t make it on any particular night, so I was the beneficiary of many performances. My girlfriend and I saw the second half of several plays because no one checks tickets after intermission.
Ava Woodward, the heroine of “Dancing in the Sand”, attends NYU as a dance major in the beginning of the story. While I didn’t go to NYU, I frequented the area while at Fordham Law School (next to Lincoln Center) since I had friends who lived in the Village.
The places Ava visits with Brian in the City, while not identifiable as a specific restaurant or theater, could be one of many places you may know. When they go to Brian’s sister’s dance performance, it’s at Lincoln Center.
I hope you’ll enjoy moving through New York City with Ava and Brian as much as I loved being there with them.
What’s your favorite place in NYC?