I recently moved into my new apartment in Mid-Manhattan with two of my best friends and exploring a new neighborhood is fun… until you realize you miss your tiny little hotel in the Upper West Side.
Getting used to a new place takes time. First you have to learn the entire transit route all over again because you no longer live close to the 1,2,3 subway lines but the A,C,E lines – which is confusing already. You have to find new grocery stores and gym in your area and everyone looks like a stranger… when in reality the only stranger in MiMa is me.
At times like this I can really miss Texas – you compare what you got into, with what you could get back home. I constantly think how much more bang I could get for my buck if I was in Texas and the few things I miss always include:
- Much more space! In NY, it’s tiny and all the appliances are baby sized. I highly doubt if my pots can even fit in the dishwasher
- AC.. yea that doesn’t exist in NY! You have to buy units that you have to put into your window. Thankfully, you only really need that in the hot days of the summer – so I’m ok for now… well… sort of.
- Controlled heating. That is controlled by ME. But in NY the landlord controls the heating so in the cold winter days I’m bundled up from head to toe inside and outside my apartment
- Peace and quiet. That doesn’t exist in NY you get used to the the loudness year round – you can hear everything: people, babies, cars, music, TVs and on and on and on
- Lastly, the cost. New York’s tiniest of apartments cost as much as 3 house mortgages back in Texas
Some things you definitely have to consider before moving to NY and it’s not easy – but the experiences may all be worth it.After all, the streets of New York City becomes your living room and that’s worth the cost and all the space my tiny self needs!
So though it takes some time getting familiar to a new environment and once everything gets settled in and you know where to go to buy toilet paper, the Upper West Side isn’t too different from MiMa.