In her delightful essay “Ta-Ta, London. Hello, Awesome,” Sarah Lyall explains what it’s like to be back in New York following a taste of three decades in London as a New York Times foreign correspondent.

The headline is a reference to the fact that she has relocated from a place of off-the-cuff Latin to a land where the word “awesome” has ingrained itself into casual conversation. Among Lyall’s other observations about what transpired here in her absence:

New York City’s center of gravity shifted to Brooklyn, at least according to the people who live in Brooklyn…

The Kardashians arrived and would not leave.

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