10 Things I Love About Living in New York City

I was lucky enough to spend this summer in New York City while attending the NYU Summer Publishing Institute in June and July. After living there for over two months, I began to feel a bit more like a “local” than a “tourist,” and during one of the last nights in my dorm room – a beautiful corner bedroom in the Gramercy neighborhood – I wrote a list of my favorite things about the city. Here is what I wrote.

1. There are cute dogs everywhere.

I have never seen a larger population of French bulldogs than in the city.

2. You can practically get any food you want, any time you want.

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The best crepes come from a hole in the wall after midnight.

3. Walking and taking public transportation almost everywhere = never having to drive, park, or pay for gas.

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God bless the subway, even when it’s disgusting and packed full of sweaty people.

4. Knowing how to navigate the city is like learning a new language.

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It’s a language of streets and avenues, uptown and downtown, and becoming fluent means you’re a true New Yorker.

5. Every turn you take leads to a place unlike any you’ve ever seen before.

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And sometimes it’s a place you’ve only seen on the Internet.

6. Parks, waterfront views, beaches, museums – all accessible via walking or subway.

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And there’s more to see than just Central Park (like Battery Park, above).

7. You can window shop for you dream apartment on the daily.

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Why yes I did google that East Village apartment, and yes I did cry at the rent price.

8. PIZZA!

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The best and cheapest thing you’ll eat in the city.

9. Art is everywhere you go.

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Street art like this is just a normal part of the commute.

10. You can always find something beautiful in New York, even in the most unexpected places.

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The city always shines, even during the rain.

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