Am I a New Yorker yet? Of course not. I still have a few more years to go before I can redeem that title. But with 355 days of living in this city, it truly has become my home. I now know where not to go! *Apologies in advance if my early NY lists were a little surface level* However, I do promise that I’ll never take you to Chelsea Market. So the ESSENTIAL things I’ve learned (with some local gems to explore) in list formation are below. “Unleash the beast” as Darren Arnofsky said before traumatizing me with mother!
- The coffee scene is DIFFERENT. I dreamed of wonderful, huge coffee shops filled with inspiration. But with limited seating and no Wi-Fi, you’ll find me hidden away at Le Pain. Oh, how I love their huge tables. Yet for “good-make-your-bones-vibrate” coffee, swing by Happy Bones.
- Apartment hunting is 1,000 times easier when you live in the city. StreetEasy‘s push notifications will also become your best friend. My #1 tip: pick your neighborhood, be willing to sacrifice washing machines, and if you like it, put down that deposit.
- Truly anything can happen when you step out your door each morning.
- Book Culture is actual heaven.
- Even when you could totally take the subway, jump into a cab every so often. Nothing is better than giving your feet a break, staring up at the skyscrapers and clearing your head. Cue some good music too.
- I can’t believe I’m giving you my secrets. But my favorite restaurants right now are Cotenna, Emmett’s, Joseph Leonard, Kazunori and Café Frida. For dessert, Treathouse.
- My guilty pleasures: buying new jeans (probably at The Kooples), watching Siesta Key and SoulCycle. So, even in 355 days, not everything has changed.
- Avoid Midtown like the Plague. Unless you are seeing a show or doing that thing where you get a paycheck every few weeks, run away.
- The escalator at the Public Hotel is a neon-dream. Their rooftop and warehouse space create quite the spectacle.
- One of the first places I discovered in NY and a place I stumbled upon last Friday night is Better Days. This low-key hot spot is the perfect place to unwind, feel like a rockstar and meet some new friends. If I told you where it was, what would be the fun in that 😉
Always say yes. Rent a Citi bike. Put yourself out there. Find confidence in everything you do. Just don’t let NY change you.