Kate Stahnke: Los Angeles

What’s your historical Los Angeles and New York connection?
I grew up in a small town in Southwestern Florida, which needless to say gave me my fill of gorgeous and tranquil. Busy and crowded was the next thing to check off of my list!  I moved to New York City in 2001 – in short, I wanted to live in and at the center of the universe.  In 2007, I moved to LA–it’s the center of the content universe (as my husband is a screenwriter). I also wanted to get another city under my belt and felt that if I didn’t leave NYC then, I never would.

Describe your experience in NYC.
In a nutshell, New York City was more fun than I knew what to do with…

On moving from NYC to LA…
The key to my transition from NYC to LA was getting into a situation where:
1. My commute to work was 20 minutes or less each way.
2. My neighborhood was very walkable.

By walkable I not only mean having the ability to take our dogs for a pleasant walk (which is very important) – but having the ability to get to necessities (grocery store, coffee shop, restaurants, gym, hardware store, etc.) without getting into your car AND without having to walk along a really busy road – which is just no fun.  I think once I felt like I wasn’t tethered to my car, I could stop missing NYC so much and really start to enjoy the unique things LA has to offer.

The biggest challenge in moving from NYC to LA was that the hustle and bustle (of NYC) is inspiring and very motivating and something that doesn’t quite translate to LA – so upon arrival I was a bit out of sorts not having that buzz just outside my front door.

How can NYC and LA engage with each other?
If I were at a party with LA and NYC and I was trying to start a conversation between the two it would go something like this:
“NYC, tell LA about how you makes it soooo easy to meet and be inspired by people whose experiences are quite different from your own…”
“LA, talk about how you help people stretch out and think a little bigger and riskier than they might typically.”

Favorite LA secret spot
There is a big sand dune along the PCH, a bit past of Malibu where my husband and I love to bring a bottle of wine at sunset. Climbing up the dune is no fun – but once you sit down, have your wine and take in the sunset – you’re in heaven.

Favorite NYC secret spot
Just take a walk.

If you were not at Causecast, what would you be doing?
I’d be doing the same thing….building something i think is cool, working with people who inspire me and taking a shot at helping to change things for the better…or trying to get a part on Mad Men….when in Rome!

From the 2462 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LOS ANGELES

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