Christmas in the City!

There is nothing quite like Christmas in the city – bright lights, decorative windows, and lots (and lots) of people. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the Rockefeller Christmas tree! Continue reading

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Hopping on a Ferry to the Roaring 20’s

This weekend, my friends and I attended the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island. Listed on Time Out New York’s 101 Things to Do in the Summer this 1920’s-themed event featured antique cars, Charleston dance lessons, and sophisticated cocktails. On top of all that, it was held on the scenic Governor’s Island, only accessible by ferry. The admission fee was $15, but I found this a small price to pay given the relaxing atmosphere and old-fashioned fun. Continue reading

Knowing Your Limits

Some people love New York City. They want to eat at every restaurant, hit all the hottest clubs and bars, shop up and down 5th Avenue, etc. These people overlook the crowded sidewalks, sky-high prices, and shoebox-sized apartments for the chance to be a “New Yorker.” While I’ve enjoyed my experience in NYC thus far, I learned fairly quickly after moving in that I am not one of these people. I need more personal space and green grass than NYC has to offer.

The boat marina

The best way to deal with this is to plan weekend trips outside the city. I have gone home to upstate NY, visited Matt’s home, ventured to Vermont, etc. During the summer, my favorite place to visit is Groton Long Point, Connecticut. After a peaceful weekend on the water, I’m ready to face whatever challenge NYC has for me.

The ‘Cardinal’ Bond

Although I have spent the majority of my life living in New York state, I am a St. Louis Cardinal fan through and through. My fondness of the Cardinals stems from my dad’s side of the family, who come from central Illinois. Since my visits to St. Louis are rare, I have become accustomed to cheering on my team from the stadiums of their opponents. This past weekend, Matt and I made Citi Field our home by attending games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading

A Not-So-Average Commute

It is not everyday that I consider my commute to and from work to be memorable. Nine times out of 10, my commute is the least enjoyable part of my day. But I will remember today’s Subway ride to work, and the walk to Matt’s after, for a long time.

As I stood sandwiched between half a dozen New Yorkers, waiting for people to shove onto the 2 train at 72nd Street this morning, a male voice rang out: “Please make room for this woman.” A few people glanced her way and squished closer together. The young woman was extremely pale, and pregnant. Continue reading

The Great GoogaMooga

One of the great things about living in NYC is that there is always something to do. This weekend, I got to experience the Great GoogaMooga, a music, food and drink festival that took place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Check out my photos:

Lots of people and lots of porta potties.

Getting ready to GoogaMooga.

Food vendors.

An Ornithophobian in a City of Birds

Confession: I am irrationally afraid of birds. Small birds, large birds, doesn’t matter. If it has wings and flies freely, it scares me. A friend once asked, “Would you rather be stuck in a room with 100 birds, or trapped in a pool with a shark?” I didn’t answer. I’m not exactly sure how this fear developed, but those who have walked down the street with me know it’s sincere. While New York City doesn’t have a lot of wildlife, there is no shortage of birds. Over the past five months, I have had to learn how to share the sidewalk with these creatures. Continue reading

The Great State of New York

Having lived in the “green” section of this map for the majority of my life, I am used to people outside the state of NY automatically assuming I’m from Manhattan. Now that I’m actually living in Manhattan, this image has a whole different meaning. It’s amazing to think about how big NYC is, and then look at it in comparison to the rest of the state. I’m proud to say I’m a citizen of both.

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. This phrase is commonly used to describe situations in which one thinks they are getting something for nothing. According to Wikipedia, the term was coined in the 19th century, when bars would offer free lunches to entice people to spend money on drinks. Today, bars offer free popcorn or 10-cent wings for the same reason.

I’ve been thinking about this concept of free lunch a lot lately because I receive lunch for free every day at work. This is extremely convenient because it keeps me from having to 1) spend money or groceries or restaurants everyday and 2) saves me time each morning. Continue reading

NYC Pooches

Having grown up with dogs my whole life, I am sad to be living without a four-legged animal. Dogs can provide comfort, happiness and encourage exercise. Since I miss having a dog so much, over the last month I’ve paid particular attention to dogs in the city.

Dogs on the Street
I do a lot of walking in the city, and can almost guarantee I will see someone walking their dog every time I leave my apartment. Most of the time I see small dogs, such as pugs, poodles, and beagles, but I also see boxers, great danes, labs and greyhounds. When I see these large dogs, the first thing I think about is apartment size. Space is precious in NYC and I can’t imagine most people having a big enough apartment to comfortably fit these large dogs. Then there’s this guy, who carries his dog around like a baby.Dogs in the Office
One reason why people refrain from getting a dog is they don’t know want it to be left alone all day while they work. Others (including myself) are lucky enough to work in a dog-friendly environment. One of my coworkers brings her dog, Brady, into the office every day. She follows her owner around all day, bringing a smile to all dog lovers in the office. Continue reading