This statement is going to upset a few people. Leaving NYC will probably be the hardest thing I have ever done. Since I was a kid I dreamed of living in New York City. At the time, I thought it was a pipe dream. Then 2005 I started interning at NBC in 30 Rock. In 2007 I started working at NBC full time. Then in 2009 I moved to the Upper East Side. Sure, on paper, I only lived with Olivia, Jmac, and Nisa, but I also count Joyce, Ostrowe, Phoebe, Zestys, LB, and Ben among my roommates.
Everything you need to know about New York can be found in these two quotes
What makes a New Yorker is not religion not money and not looks. It’s not even talent. It’s the willingness to be part of life.
This is from a StreetEasy ad I saw on the subway:
“Sure your window faces a brick wall, but you know what is behind that wall? New York City”
To make matters worse, I’ve spent the last two months thinking about all the things I am going to miss. This will be constantly updated.
Knowing exactly what door to stand in front of on the subway
That feeling of flying into NY and watching the tourists gawk thru the window. Then secretly gawking yourself
Duane Reade at 4AM. Even if it is on me
Avoiding Time Square.
And Port Authority
Everything about Central Park
Hearing people say they could never live in NY
Converting one bedroom apts into two bedrooms just to be able to live here
Not needing a car
6 supermarkets and 5 pharmacies within 4 blocks of your apartment
Recognizing places in movies and TV shows filmed in NYC
People. You know you are all in this together
You can walk everywhere
Knowing how to pronounce Houston Street
Tourists asking you for direction because you look like you know what you are doing
If you go to a bar or restaurant that sucks, you can go to a different place everyday for a year and still never go back
Syracuse bars. So many Syracuse bars
Those times when the local runs express to 86th street
Watching the city transform before your very eyes
Being a free hostel for acquaintances who want to live the NY dream for a night. Or six.
Seeing two guys carrying a rolled up carpet somewhere into the unknown
Keeping pace with the aura of the city
I’ve never been in the cool crowd. But, living in NY makes you feel like you are in an exclusive club with 9 million people.
Pretending to not pay attention to the break dancers on the subway
Times Square comedy shows (kidding)
Everything premieres in New York for a reason
Staying in the city during long weekends. It’s like you have the run of the place
Enjoying the things tourists don’t
Ignoring the things tourist enjoy
The people. Nothing like a stranger calling you a fucking idiot to keep you humble
I miss her so much already.