Words have never been truer when you hear there’s no place in the world quite like New York City.
I’m one to relate to this firsthand. After transplanting myself in the Big Apple almost three years ago, it’s easy to come across the little things I took for granted after I left.
The irreplaceable energy and non-stop grind is something I miss on a day-to-day basis. Even at my low points, I now look back and see that they were some of my best.
Being able to rise above any occasion, the resources you surround yourself with, and most importantly, the people and experiences.
Whether it’s only being able to afford dollar slices for a week until that paycheck posts to your account or the crazies stomping around Union Square; it’s the little things that you’ll come to quickly find to cherish after you’ve left the city. Here a some to name a few.
Innovation & food creations
With so many different people from all over the world coming together in one place, it’s no surprise that New York is responsible to serving as home to some of the best food out there.
With an infinite selection of mouthwatering cuisines you can find just about anything, anytime, anywhere.
You can take your pick at the likes of Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Dominque Ansel Bakery’s Cronut, Ramon Burgers, dollar slices, and Halal Guys’ $5 platters.
And with food trucks located just about on every block, there’s no reason why you should ever go hungry.
Bodegas are probably the most genius and convenient concepts ever. Where else in America can you find condemns, beer, tuna roll sandwiches, and a cat all under one roof?
I formed a meaningful bond with the store clerk at my bodega near my building and even had an IOU tab going, but he always knew I was good for it.
And if they were closed, I never ran out of options because of the dozens of 24-hour CVS and Duane Reade’s practically located on every corner.
Parties & nightlife
If it’s nighttime and you’re bored in New York, you’re doing something wrong.
From clubs in the Meatpacking District, concerts, speakeasies and beer gardens-- there’s a crowd and a place filled with high energy and exclusivity for just about anyone. I can’t stress enough how there’s ALWAYS something to do.
It’s great exercise, and not to mention it’s free. Thanks to the grid, you can haul your ass from Soho to Flatiron, looking like you just stepped fresh off the runway, and burn a shit ton of calories in a course of 7.5 miles. When running to catch the train, the steps are basically your Stairmaster.
Gett, Uber, and Lyft are way ahead in the game in New York than anywhere else.
Also, the badass feeling of hopping in a cab and demanding the driver to head to 54th and West Broadway and step on it, makes you feel like you’re invincible.
New York has a reputation of being home to some of the rudest, obnoxious, self-absorbed, know-it-all, opportunists, materialistic-human beings on the face of the earth. Nowhere else will you find such people who don’t give a shit, will tell it to you how it is, exactly how and what it is they feel.
But these exact same people, will also wear their hearts on their selves and be totally loyal. They are the realest, the best of the best, which is why I love and miss them (yes, all of them).
The crazies, the loud-mouths, the wannabe d*va bitch. Their competitiveness, charisma, and cutthroat ambition is what drives the city to function. Don’t ever change or underestimate that power.
When snowed in during a blizzard… who ya’ gonna call? Seamless for when you'll eat anything, Caviar for real food.
Wall Street a**holes
Can’t live with them, can’t live without em’. I wish I wasn’t so hard on you when you offered to buy me a drink at the bar, does the offer still stand upon my return?
Believe it or not, freaking out the f* out and losing your absolute shit in public isn’t as socially acceptable in other places as it is the city.
Only in New York, you can go from zero to 100 real quick without the stranger next to you even batting an eye.
All four seasons
There’s nothing more nostalgic than waking up and looking out your window only to see mountains of fresh powder from a record breaking blizzard from the night before; or witnessing the first blossom of the spring in Central Park; or stomping around the East Village during Halloween and trucking through crisps leaves with your spice latte in hand.