My husband and I have been in New York for a little over two weeks now. Being a native Texan, it's still hard for me to believe that we actually live here. We aren't wandering around like tourists anymore! Well, for the most part.
I have really grown to love our apartment in Astoria (Queens). We live just off of the East River and have a great view of the Hellgate and Triborough bridges from our back porch. Just a couple of blocks away is Astoria Park. Every time I walk down there it is filled with tons of people just enjoying the outdoors; people running, biking, playing on the playground, walking their dogs, playing tennis. (Our dogs are still in Texas and I am aching for them to come run in the park with me!) It is so refreshing and relaxing to be out there and take it all in, especially after being in the city all day. The photos shown here are views from the park. Just breath taking, isn't it?
Probably the biggest change for me is just getting used to walking everywhere. I come from a place where we drive cars 24/7, even if our destination is just down the street. Around here it's not uncommon to get asked if you even own a car. Of course, the subway is the main source of transportation in New York. I have learned to wear comfortable shoes, even if they are ugly, and pack my high heals in my bag. My first day was ruined with blistered heals and toes!
Since I have been wearing business clothes every time I go into the city, I guess I look like I live here. I have already had so many people ask me for directions and to take their pictures! I feel like asking the same thing back sometimes! Just from getting on and off the subway I have past Time Square, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center site, and several other famous areas that people might only get to see once in a life time. I haven't even been to these places on purpose yet!...just in passing. I love that I live here and can visit these places any time I want!
I think everyone should experience New York City at some point in their lives, even if it's just to visit. There is so much to see and experience here. I can't wait to go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and go ice skating in Central Park. I know winter here will be quite a shock for me, but I am ready to take it on! (And ready to buy that new winter wardrobe!) New York has been good to us so far. I am anxious to see how this adventure will play out for us in the future.
If you ever come visit, know that you have a place to stay. But don't expect your own room, a blow-up mattress will have to do! We'll be sure you get to experience NY to the fullest!