Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What I'll Miss About New York

When my friend Caitlin left New York for Seattle a few months ago, I was despondent. She was just one in a long line of people I've felt close to who I'd felt like I had far too little time with before they decamped to another location. When she came back for a visit and we got coffee, I asked if there was anything she missed about New York, and she said, "Other than the people, no." Not even her beloved Park Slope Food Coop? "No. They have similar ones in Seattle."

I probably should have been glad that she was so quickly adjusted to life on the West Coast, but hearing this strangely made me really sad. If even someone who genuinely liked living in Brooklyn couldn't find anything to miss, what about this city was worth sticking around for?

Now that it's my turn to decamp for greener pastures (literally, I hope), I thought I'd share a few things I do expect to miss a bit when we're in New England. That our friends are first on that list, of course, should go without saying. The best part (sometimes it feels like the only really excellent part) of New York has always been the community we've had here.

What I'll Miss About New York

The Shopping
I try not to shop very much, both to save money and to feel better about my impact on the environment, but it happens to the best of us and New York is one of the best cities in the world to do it. I've loved perusing sample sales for OXO, J. Crew, and tons of other great stores. Housing Works is one of the best thrift stores I've found for both home decor and clothes. Big department stores and fancy brands all have a home here, and I'll miss Roger's being able to buy a suit before work and have it tailored before an event that night at Century 21 and being able to peruse insanely expensive jewelry at Tiffany and Harry Winston any time I want. Even just being able to quickly get to pretty much any chain store, like Old Navy or DSW (to say nothing of Barbour or Woolrich), has been great, since I prefer to try clothes on before buying them, instead of getting them delivered. I don't do it often, but I know I'll miss shopping here quite a bit.

The Food
Do you know that my favorite food in the world is still pizza? I'm really, really going to miss having access to amazing pizza, from fancy stuff at Zero Otto Nove and Juliana's to my perfect crispy neighborhood slice at Luigi's. And, I'll miss having access to all the other incredible food we eat on a regular basis: my favorite samosas at the Dosa Cart, bahn mi at Saigon Shack, french fries at Pommes Frites ... and that's just places I like to go for lunch near work! I've been able to explore so many incredible cuisines here, from Cuban and dim sum to Ethopian and Ecuadorian. I've been learning to cook some of our favorite take out dishes lately, so I know I'll be able to satiate cravings for curries and tacos, but I'll definitely miss having access to pretty much any type of food I want, exactly when I want it.

The History
I know New England has it's own very deep sense of history, and I'm so looking forward to exploring that. But, I've been learning New York State history since I was a kid, and I'm definitely going to miss feeling such a deep connection to a place. We also just started watching Turn (at Nancy's recommendation), and don't think I've missed that all the locations seem to be in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. We'll be leaving without having made it to all the historic houses I wanted to see, and I'm a little bummed about it. I sometimes gripe that NYC doesn't respect its history in the way Philadelphia and Boston and many European cities seem to, but that lack of respect also means that history is woven into the most interesting and unexpected places, and I'm really going to miss that.

So, there's definitely a lot to miss, but I'm still very much looking forward to this next step in our lives. Hopefully all the good about living in New England can help alleviate the things I'll miss about life in New York!

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