This is the face of the girl who writes all these posts. Note the asymetrical dimples.

Hooray! So glad you’re here! Make yourself comfortable, have a cuppa coffee, take a seat. Oh, you thought the cliché was New Yorkers are rude? Aw, fuck that! Oops. I mean, HI! My name is Mary Lane! Here’s the scoop– 

New York Cliché began in May 2008, four days before I moved to New York City to pursue a life in the theatre. An aspiring actress moving to the city of dreams, can it get any more cliché than that? My career just beginning and at the mercy of casting directors, I wanted a creative outlet I could control. So I started writing about the funny “New York” things that happened to me. I never thought the reality of this city would be just as crazy as they make it look on TV, but it is! That’s what this blog is all about. My posts bring vivid color (ranging the spectrum from gold to shit brown) to what life in the Big Apple is all about. Feel free to live vicariously.

Why call myself New York Cliché? Because I love poking fun at myself (and life in general). And what’s the fun of a joke if you can’t share it? I love to make people laugh. I’m a big ham, a total goof, let’s call it part of my charm. Everything you’ll read here has a humorous edge, especially if I’m talking about heart break or oral surgery.

I <3 NY enough to buy one of the t-shirts. But I’m too big a local snob to ever wear it anywhere near the tri-state area.

What makes me a New York Cliché?

30 Rock! If I had to pick between Liz Lemon and Carrie Bradshaw, I’d start to cry (probably while on the subway- all New Yorkers have been there) because that’s a really hard decision.

1. I’m a struggling artist: actor, singer, blogger, visual art hobbyist, and occasional pirate. That said, my bills usually get paid by survival jobs that involve not murdering models, or pretending I love cars, or ushering James Franco, or wearing a bra in pubic, or brushing off biker guys.

2.  My first home in Manhattan was a tiny apartment by Lincoln Center I shared with my 2 best friends from childhood. A year or so ago I got priced out of the Upper West Side and moved to a less tiny, 5th floor walk-up in Hamilton Heights (think North Harlem). I share it with 2 roommates, lovely ladies I met performing summer theatre, and our obstreperous kitty cat Pip.

3.  I’m single and fabulous (exclamation point): one of the 600,000 more single women than single men in NYC (and trying not to cry myself to sleep over that statistic). It’s not for lack of trying. I’ve met men at Goodwill, on the street, on Central Park benches, in grocery checkout linesonline, and in Times Square. I’ve met men who I hated in elementary school, who had girlfriends, and one whom I borderline stalked in Strawberry Fields. Then there was the one time I did fall in love...with a guy who was more into Mary Jane than Mary Lane. Oh, Mr. Right, you’re illusive as fuck, but I’m still not giving up on you.

Look, I’ll even wait in the snow hoping you’ll show up! Will that motivate you out of hiding, Mr. Right? Will it?? GAH! I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU.

There you have the top three reasons. There are dozens of others- I spend too much money at Starbucks, slow moving tourists make me livid, I own too many clothes but have nothing to wear, my favorite television show will always be Sex and the City, etc, etc.

I hope you stick around and laugh with me about my occasionally unbelievable, often perfectly clichéd New York existence.

Follow me on Twitter @NewYorkCliche or Facebook and I’ll be happier than a fashionista at a sample sale!

Look at me! I’m the weirdo scaling a subway sign!

All photos by John Michael Decker

76 thoughts on “About

  1. i just discovered your blog yesterday and have basically made my way through the entire thing (almost). such an entertaining read, especially since it so closely parallels my life!

    i moved here a year ago from montreal, met a boy in the park (though its not as good of a story, and i just kept walking so who knows), met a boy online, have the issue of couch surfers inviting themselves over for days on end (one even going so far as to ask me to move out for the week so she could come with her boyfriend…as if).

    anyway, this may seem kind of odd but i’ve found that i meet the most interesting people when i’m forward about these things.. would it be weird to have a coffee date sometime? i figure we are both fairly new, both know only so many people etc…

    let me know if you think thats a great idea..or just creepy


    fyi – i wrote this fresh off the october post about friend making being way harder than dating…so if worse comes to worst at least you have an interesting follow up story to write 😉

  2. Hey, nice to discover your blog, catchy title! I was in NYC as an aspiring writer and became a stripper, some cliches are hard to avoid. I look forward to follow your struggles and triumphs and my heart goes out to you, I’m sorta happy to be outta NYC.

  3. omg I love your blog. your background picture of the subway map totally spoke to me. I think I have memorized the damn thing after getting lost so many times. Love, love, love your blog. I moved to NYC in summer of 2010 but moved back to totally different part of the world this year. 🙁 But my love for New York is undying and I cant wait to move back to Manhattan. Until then, I think your blog will provide me my dose of NYC 🙂 I’m gonna go add you to my blogroll like right now! 🙂

  4. It’s seriously creepy how small a world we live in. After reading your comment on my blog (thank you, by the way!) I ventured on over here to see what you were all about. I just happened to see a reference to the Renaissance Fair in Bumfuck and realized that your Bumfuck was the same as MY Bumfuck. As in I lived in Sterling, NY from the ages of about 4-11.

    I just had to share that because, well, it’s weird. Sterling is the smallest, most boring, obsolete place on the face of the earth and the fact that you ended up there is just bizarre.

    Lots of love and thanks for stopping by!

  5. Firstly, I am soooo incredibly jealous you’re in NY! That is my dreammmm home for sure! Secondly, your blog is so creative and I definitely look forward to reading, glad I found it 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! It is a dream to live here, hope you can someday! Until then, you should totally live vicariously through me 🙂

  6. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award 😀 The way it works goes something like this: create a post and in that post mention the person who nominated you, then mention 7 interesting things about yourself, and then nominate some other blogs that you find interesting! I posted the nominations today so if you want to check it out visit lexiejrunge.com. Congrats!

  7. Hello!

    First off – your blog looks so wonderful and entertaining. Can’t wait to read of your excellent adventures.

    Secondly – I like what you’ve done with the place! While I realize that that MistyLook is MistyLake’s little sister, it’s great to see how it can look when fully furnished.

    Thirdly – I giggled several times while reading this page, so thanks for that 🙂

  8. Hello there! Lol so this is weird, but you sound exactly (EXACTLY!) like one of my best friends from high school and that’s just so endearing! 🙂 She was the perfect sunny pair to my sarcasm, and then she moved away and Life happened, as it does. So! It was so refreshing to read your stuff. Also, I love your blog! 😀

  9. Just stumbled my way onto your blog, and realized how you and I are bassssically the same person, except I’m a dude. So glad to meet someone who’s on the same journey as me!

  10. My sister is currently living in new york as well as one of my closest friends I’ve ever had (Though they don’t know each other) reading your blog makes me feel like i am seeing it all through your eyes 🙂 keep up the great writing! 🙂

  11. You are awesome and I love you the fun pictures you got here. Your cover picture is the best and that one bellow of you waving is great too! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  12. I’ve been trying to remember where I left that comment but you’re right, it was a while ago… Yoiu’re very sweet to send me that tweet to apologise.

    Actually, why am I telling you this here? You’ll probably only see it a year from now!

  13. I absolutely adore your blog! I’ve watched several TV shows (and many movies) set in New York and often wondered what life is really like there. So now I can take a virtual tour through someone else’s eyes. I don’t think I’d ever want to live there, but I find it fascinating all the same. Can’t wait to go check out more! Wonderful post!

      1. Well, I loved Seinfeld and Friends back in the day. But most recently, How I Met Your Mother tops the list. As for movies, I’m not sure off the top of my head. There are SO many!! 🙂 I visited NYC when I was young and have great memories of it, although I would like to get back there as an adult.

  14. I could have SWORN I followed your blog after “meeting” you in the Blogging Challenge. That’s now been fixed and I’ll be popping up on your FB and Twitter follower counts as well 😀 How’s the challenge going for you? I haven’t had a real chance to dive back into the posting aspect – it’s been crazy just trying to keep up with all the homework 😉 But all good advice!

    1. Hooray! Thanks for all the follows! I’ve actually found that I’ve already done the majority of things outlined in the challenges. I’ve had my blog for 6 years, so it’s not like I’m really a step ahead of anyone. But I am getting ideas of how to make what I have even better, so that’s great. And the community too. If I was newer to blogging, Id be totally overwhelmed! Keep your head above water and hope you have time to catch up! From what I’ve seen, you’re doing great!

  15. I am SO happy to have discovered your blog! I moved to NYC in August of 2013 for graduate school, but then decided that I didn’t like the degree I was pursuing and moved back to boring Louisiana in December. I can’t wait to read future posts and catch up on the older ones.

    I do miss the city & maybe one day I’ll return (not entirely sure if I want to, lol) but I do intend to live vicariously through you! 🙂

  16. Oh my god. I know you’ll probably consider me stalkerish or lesbian but I am in love with you and your blog design. Like, totally wow. It’s very neat but colorful and bright at the same time. Like you KNOW what you’re doing unlike some people (points finger at self).
    Just wanted to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of your blog. Consider me a regular reader.
    Wow. I’m still amazed. The design is breathtaking.

    Okay, i’ll leave now.

    1. Aw! Thank you SO much! I worked a lot on the design, you can bet it looked nothing like this in the beginning. Took me YEARS to figure it out. You will too, I betcha!
      Haha and no, not considering you stalkerish at all. I really appreciate the comment and also thanks so much for reading!

      1. Well the hard work has paid off. It looks amazing and it’s probably the best I have seen here. Professional fun and colorful.
        You know I’m so indecisive I keep changing it every now and then. It’s bizzare.

        Haha phew! Glad! But again, you’re awesome! So happy to have found your blog 🙂

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