Are you there future? It’s me, Cristina.

28th February 2013


I spent a few hours on Sunday walking around Nyack with my gentleman. I’m not sure when Nyack went from “That place where everyone I went to high school with hangs out and parties” to “The place I fantasize about living in,” but it’s something that has been on my life for a while. After years of desperately wishing that I lived in New York City, my brain has decided that NYC probably isn’t the place for me. I still have thoughts of East Village life, but then I remember that for a shoebox-sized studio in a fifth floor walk-up, I’d have to pay like two thousand bucks a month for rent AND I would have to give up my car. No thanks.

So, Nyack. Nyack is in Rockland County, where I’ve pretty much spent all of my life. It’s a cute town with an interesting mix of folks. There’s always a band playing or an artist creating something fascinating. There are thrift shops and book stores with books stacked high against the walls. There are lots of one-of-a-kind pieces in various clothing and furniture shops. Good food, great music, and a sweet sense of community, too.

Pickwick Book Shop


I think I regret not buying this book.


I don’t know what will happen in my life during the next few years, but I’d like to think that there will be some changes soon. Hopefully getting a tiny place that I can share with my dog. It’s close enough to my parents, grandparents, and friends, but still close enough to New York City, so if I need to commute, I can. There’s green space and lots of cool new people to meet. Coffee shops to try out. Places to explore.

I want to live here! It’s the Maria Luisa’s Gifts and Accessories. She also has a clothing boutique next door! Tons of cool pieces and Maria Luisa was lovely!






It helps that there are tons of festivals, liberals, gays, families, and stoners all in one place, too. (Sadly, they are not pictured here)

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7 thoughts on “Are you there future? It’s me, Cristina.

  1. Dave Z


    Hi! I ran across your blog post about Nyack. Can I republish it, with appropriate credit (!), on We have a semi-regular feature called As Others See where we run articles that bloggers and writers who don’t live in Nyack write about Nyack.

    If that’s ok (and even if the answer is “no, thank you!”) can you email me and let me know? Thanks!


  2. Julie

    Nyack sounds pretty cool. The description kind of reminds me of my neighborhood in Chicago (Lincoln Square), with the weird little stores, coffee shops, and sense of community. Sometimes Lincoln Square feels quaint enough that you don’t even feel like you’re in a big city.

    1. cristinamoreno Post author

      Aren’t those quirky places fun? I like my current town, but it doesn’t have quite the same appeal to me as Nyack. I’m also hoping to visit Chicago soon! I’m so jealous that you live there. Think of all of the music…and pizza. <3

      1. Julie

        If you come to Chicago, you have to let me know! I’ll show you around and make sure that you get some good pizza. 😀

        (I’d be jealous of living here, too, if I didn’t live here. I feel lucky that I ended up in Chicago. Great, great city. It’s my favorite place.)

  3. Cherie

    Nyack will be lucky to have you when you settle there. I say ‘when’ not ‘if’ because I know you have the power to make good things happen.


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