The view of Manhattan across the East River from Long Island City.
Things I Like About New York:
Jaywalking: My husband probably thinks I like jaywalking too much. He might be right. I love it when native New Yorkers are so busy trying to jaywalk that they don’t notice the light has changed and they have the right of way. If I get hit by a car or a bicyclist, now you know why.
The Number of Parks: This city has a park on almost every corner. It is so easy to find open green space here. In San Diego, the premise is that everyone has a lawn so everyone should have their own personal green space. As an apartment dweller without a balcony for 4+ years, I appreciate it when a city acknowledges that public green space is important for one’s sanity. I am very excited to live near Central Park.
The Subway: I haven’t driven since I got here. I wouldn’t want to. New York drivers are jerks. People tell me that I will grow to hate the subway but since that has yet to happen, I enjoy it immensely.
New Yorkers: If you aren’t an obnoxious tourist who stops in the middle of the side walk, New Yorkers are some of the nicest people. Seriously. The stereotypes are ridiculous.
Things I Dislike About New York:
The Cold: October was a strangely warm month for New York, but I still had never worn that many layers in October before.
The Lack of Decent Burritos: Pizza is great but I miss carne asada so much. When I see it on a menu here, I don’t even consider it. There is no way it could even compare to the perfect memory I have in my head.
There are some moments, walking along the water or through a park, when I absolutely love it here. I miss my family and the holidays will be tough, but I have no regret. Moving was one of the best things I have ever done. At the end of last month, my husband and I celebrated one year of marriage and five years together. Here’s to more years of adventures, but this time in New York!!!