New York, you are glorious

Residents of New York City, I envy you.

I’m not going to drop the “Oh, you’re so lucky to live here!” line. I understand that for most of you, it’s not a matter of luck; it’s a matter of hustling and sacrifice and trade-offs.

In another life, New York City would be the place for me. One where a less risk-averse version of myself would make the leap, like one of my high school friends recently did (with success! Unfortunately we couldn’t meet up while we were in town). That might sound strange considering I made the choice to travel for six months, but moving abroad with no job prospects is a heck of a lot scarier in my book.

There are no words that adequately describe this city. I felt so overwhelmingly lucky to be there every minute, from deli-hopping in Brooklyn to sushi in the East Village, to strolling Astoria, Chinatown, and the mad buzz that is Times Square.

I will remember New York in snippets: BBQ. Shake Shack. Food carts. Dumpling festival. Karaoke. The Highline. Central Park, complete with strains of Kings of Leon (playing Global Citizen Festival) and a softball game that nearly devolved into a fight.

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9 thoughts on “New York, you are glorious

  • Reply Clarrise @ Make Money Your Way October 29, 2013 at 10:32

    My work before were finding a building, apartments and condos from Manhattan New York. I am so really amazed of their establishments. I hope someday I will have a chance to visit NYC too!

  • Reply krantcents October 29, 2013 at 13:13

    I may be biased because I was born in NYC! There is something about New York which is different from any other city in the world. Although I moved to Los Angeles 42 years ago, I will always be from New York.

  • Reply KK @ Student Debt Survivor October 29, 2013 at 14:39

    I guess when you live here, you sort of forget about how amazing and awful and aw-inspiring New York can be (and often all in the same day ;-)) I’m originally from a very small town on the Coast of Maine, so NYC was a big transition for me. There are so many things I love about the city, but also so many things I miss about small town life. I hope in the near future I’ll be able to find a balance between the two (or move to the suburbs at least).

  • Reply Michelle October 29, 2013 at 14:44

    NYC is one of my favorite cities ever! I have been actively looking for a teeny tiny investment property there. I love that town.

  • Reply Budget and the Beach October 29, 2013 at 15:30

    NY is crazy and full of energy. I don’t think I could ever live there but I love visiting!

  • Reply cantaloupe October 30, 2013 at 01:39

    Yeah, NYC is pretty awesome.

  • Reply save. spend. splurge. October 30, 2013 at 12:50

    NYC is pretty special especially as a tourist. It’s overwhelming and there’s truly no other city like that in the world.

    That said, living there is another story. I can’t say I enjoyed living there in 2012, because it was just too much energy after a while.

    When you get home from work, you just want to unwind and it’s too hard with such a bustling city.. and all those annoying cabs with their brakes that desperately need to be changed.

    That said, the shopping is PHENOMENAL.

  • Reply Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life October 31, 2013 at 06:34

    I always love hearing about people’s experiences of New York. I live above the BBQ in the East Village and I think it’s absolutely disgusting. I also don’t get the draw of Shake Shack. On the other hand, I adore Central Park and all the public park and art spaces. And I’m glad you got to see some of the neighborhoods beyond midtown- they’re so fantastic.

  • Reply The Asian Pear November 1, 2013 at 16:21

    I’m going for my 2nd visit in January! I can’t wait! EEE!

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