Hello NY: A Guidebook Graphic Novel About New York City
Most people who live in New York come from all over the world, but not artist/writer Julia Rothman. The native New Yorker was raised in the Bronx and now resides in Brooklyn, and she’s not leaving anytime soon. “Sometimes I’ll be at a party talking to a fancy person and they will tell me how they’ve lived in Berlin and then Mexico City for a year,” she writes on her blog. “Then they’ll ask me about the places I’ve lived, and I will chug my wine, and excuse myself for another. Maybe I’ve been too scared to move anywhere unfamiliar or felt too much guilt about the idea of leaving my family, or maybe I just really, really love this city. I like to believe it is the latter.”
Rothman shows her love for the city in her part guidebook/part memoir Hello NY: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs. The book is full of personal stories, interviews, and highlights of little New York oddities (like Orchard Corset, Rotham’s favorite lingerie store that’s run by Hasidic Jews). But probably the best thing about the book is the quirky illustrations of New York staples, like street food favorites and little corner bodegas. In a time where New York’s high cost of living is starting to drive people away, it’s a nice reminder to know the city’s charm is sometimes worth its price tag.
[Hat tip: The Jealous Curator]