NYC Then & Now

Interview by
Natalie Simmons
Diane Danvers Simmons
Published on
June 12, 2019

In this episode...

Join us and mother-daughter pair, Ann & Hailey Brown, to laugh and learn from one another about our experiences living and working in the Big Apple today versus the late 80s, early 90s. Explore topics including the social currency of being busy, FOMO and the notorious NYC metro.


Ann Brown

Ann is a mother, wife, and award-winning marketer with a career in the media industry. A writer, creator, entrepreneur and lifelong philanthropist, Ann has been lending her experience and commitment to causes that impact kids, animals and education.

Hailey Brown


Podcast Name: Mothers & Daughters Unfiltered

Episode Name: 3. NYC Then & Now

In this episode of Mothers & Daughters Unfiltered, hosts Diane Danvers Simmons and Natalie Simmons speak with mother and daughter, Ann Brown and Hailey Brown. The four women compare the mindsets and lifestyles living in New York in the late 80’s/ early 90’s versus today. Diane and Ann reminisce on when their friendship began at 26 when they both first moved to New York City. Diane from London and Ann from New Jersey, both empowered to take on the city with a love for the challenges that came along with it. The episode comes full circle as today, daughters, Natalie and Hailey are doing just the same. The women share that sentiment that, "if you can make it in New York, then you can make it anywhere." The mothers express their experiences in the neighborhoods they frequented, while the girls share popular activities that keep them sane in NYC today. Things get interesting when the group discusses how being busy has become social currency in NYC life, how this has evolved over time and the influence of technology on the phenomena. Diane and Ann believe busyness has affected the spontaneity of life, and as an example, Diane shares the story of her impromptu wedding. While New York is a place of infinite options and possibilities, the daughters state the difficulties of having too many choices. While these women compare their differing times in New York, they agree that social media, technology, and cultural influences have affected life in NYC today. At the end each woman shares one word which captures the essence of NYC for them.

Key Ideas:

2:48 – Natalie challenges group to a fun warm up exercise …“think about something strange or weird you do?”

5:25 - Mothers and daughters introduce themselves, talk about what they do today, and what brought them to NYC.

10:20 - The differences in places to live in NYC, then and now.

13:38 - Mothers and daughters discuss the polarity of living in New York.

16:20 - Discussion about being tied to technology and how that affects your time in the city.

18:10 - How option overload affects your choices, goals and activities.

21:57 - How being busy is now considered Social Currency and its effects on spontaneity.

25:18 - The fear of missing out, aka FOMO, and the affects of busyness in New Yorker’s lives.

26:54 - How social media has made all of life less private.

28:18 - Mothers and daughters state what stands out most about NYC.

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