Things I will always appreciate after living in NYC

I love to say that everything you hear about New York is true. The good, the bad, and the ugly…it’s all real and it’s all happening right now. The people feeding pigeons in the parks, the yellow taxis, the dog walkers, the eccentricity and the electricity.

We move here with stars in our eyes and then we find ourselves in these tiny apartments and Craigslist roommates, calling the exterminator again, dishing out city taxes and rent like it’s going out of style, and somehow, we still love it.

So, this post will be two things: a running list of things I will miss after living in NYC (and kind of miss right now after 6+ months of quarantine) and a running list of things I will appreciate more after living in NYC.

A running list of the things I will miss the most, in no particular order:

  • Prospect Park
  • Having everything I need within walking distance
  • The fancy espresso machine at work
  • The sunshine flowing into our apartment
  • Having an amazing and responsive super who genuinely cares about our well-being
  • Living an hour from the beach
  • Living an hour from the mountains
  • Living in the best city in the world
  • Walking into a new, cute, tiny new york city restaurant and having the best food
  • Living fairly close to Europe. Remind me to take advantage of this after COVID.
  • Live concerts in the park
  • Happy hours at the office
  • That time I took a pottery class
  • That time I took crochet class
  • Rotating watching the bachelor at our different apartments
  • Runs in super cool locations, like Governor’s island
  • Picking lavender in Governor’s Island
  • Stone Street
  • New York on a rainy day
  • The mural I passed leaving work every day
  • My favorite yoga studio, Yoga Vida in DUMBO
  • DUMBO in general
  • Finding a new coffee shop
  • Rooftop views
  • Baseball games during the summer
  • Arthur Avenue for Italian food
  • The feeling you get when you’re on a train and another train is moving right next to you
  • Live music in the subway
  • Central Park
  • Museums and the art and the history
  • Celebrating my birthday on the street each year
  • The blue skies that are rarely overcast
  • The water landing at LaGuardia
  • The farmer’s markets
  • MealPal – honestly, such a good idea and a fun excuse to leave the office every day and try new lunch spots in Chelsea.
  • ClassPass – another great idea and a fun way to try new yoga studios and classes.

& A running list of the things I will always appreciate after living in NYC:

My tiny bedroom in my first Park Slope apartment, 68″ x 120″ LOL
  • First and foremost, closet space! All closet space is good closet space.
  • A bedroom that fits more than a twin bed
  • A home without a “railroad” layout
  • Ceiling fans! I miss them!
  • Central air! I miss it almost as much as ceiling fans!
  • Level floors. You don’t know what you have ’til it’s gone.
  • Windows that keep rain on the outside. Key feature.
  • An indoor parking spot AKA a garage! Or, just a dedicated parking spot outside.
  • A garbage disposal!
  • The ability to put your groceries in the trunk and drive them home rather than carrying them up the slope or on the subway!
  • Being able to take the subway home after happy hour or a night out
  • To be continued…

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