|The Chaos and Liberation of NYC All in One Store|
Patricia Fields Store, Summer 2013
So, here it is a list of things that I will (eventually) miss about New York:
1. MetroNorth. To be completely truthful, instead of living in Manhattan, I reside in Westchester, which any How I Met Your Mother fan will refer to where Ted Mosby, his wife and his two children live. To get to New York City, I have to take a special train called the MetroNorth. Let's just say, days idly looking out the window, listening to some Sara Bareilles or Tim Minchin will be longed for months, even years after leaving Sarah Lawrence. Why? Because, the train ride provides an escape from the infamous New York Minute. Instead of rushing from one avenue to the other, nervously holding on to my phone and tracking Google Map, I can just sit back and relax, enjoy the view and think of all the crazy things that I have in store or all the sweat I had poured into a day in NYC.
2. The Subway. Maybe this is due to my IQ or lack thereof, yet it took me quite some time to get used to NYC's number one form of public transportation. Uptown/Downtown, East/West, this end, that end. Even so, endless wrong turns have made me better with directions. It has also given me a chance to get to know some parts of the city really, really well. Although it can be smelly, sticky, packed full of people, or just plain disgusting, the subway has been my go-to transport for the past few years, so much so that I prefer taking it to cabs, which is a miracle in itself, since I adore car rides.
The other beauty to the subway is that it provides a day in a life of a New Yorker, which is heterogeneous and dynamic. If you are a people watcher, like I am, sitting in a subway for hours on end will be as enjoyable as reading would be to a bookworm. New York, a city where we are free to do whatever we want to do, is the perfect setting to experience creative, spot authenticity, and relish in the diversity of the human race, which is unfortunately taken for granted all too often these days.
|This Disgusting Abode Will Always Be My NYC Home|
Grand Central Station by Downtown 6 Train - Winter 2014
4. The Company. In this day and age, with the rise of technology, it is very, very easy to let the value of friends fall on the wayside. As a huge city, New York pushes similar people together. When I first came, I got lost in all the newness of things that I forgot my roots. However, by sophomore year, all I wanted was someone to share references and inside jokes with. Friends are incredibly salient to surviving New York City.
Even though, it can be tough to find a suitable time or place for everyone to meet (especially when you prefer breakfast rather than dinner, like me), they are just a phone call or text away. At the very least, the city prompts numerous associations between different people of contrasting backgrounds and experiences. It also leads to great opportunities, both professional and personal. Fingers crossed, these friendships will be for life!
|The Little Thing Matters in The Big Apple|
Brooklyn Bridge, Feb 2014
5. The Theatre. I know, I know, this should be placed way up on the list, especially when you're a theatre junkie who tends to spend all his/her cash on tickets. Nevertheless, I have a weird relationship with the arts. Some seasons, you can find me holed up in a theatre weekend after weekend, others I only go once or twice, at best. In addition to London's theatre scene, New York's shuffles in the newest shows in the world. Many showcase the biggest and brightest talents, while others reveal the most talented, nameless person in town.
A tough place to navigate, the NYC scene is not limited to Broadway. Every time I hear anyone, usually visitors, lump the entire scene into Broadway, I just want to scream at the top of my lungs and start singing "Listen" from the 2006 Dreamgirls film. Let me clarify, that there are such things as Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and Off-Off-Off Broadway. Just because shows are not on Broadway doesn't mean that they are trash. On the contrary, the best performances I have seen are not on Broadway.
Even though, the theatre is placed last on this ever expanding list (I promise I will update it as graduation nears) it is the longest. Also, take a look out for an entire post on the best things that I have seen in the New York theatre scene. Bottom line, New York would not be New York without its splendid shows, be it theatre, dance, or music. The city screams smokes and mirrors as nothing is as true as it seems, here in New York City!
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