Location | New York
Seriously? What does that even mean? What the hell is a “digital prophet?” This comes up because we saw the AOL team today at dinner and their head of digital was there. His title is literally “Digital Prophet.” Honestly, if you’re going to be a prophet, you should be working at a company that isn’t shaky (ie: not AOL); maybe at a Facebook or Twitter (or Pinterest!?). I thought it was a good laugh. Also, he has crazy hair and looks like a anime character.
Location | New York City
July 21st marked my 5th year anniversary since moving to New York. I made it! From the way I feel now, I know that it’ll be another 5 years until I move away. I love this city and hope that when I do decide to move away, I’ll feel like I’ve ended a wonderful and memorable love affair.
I love the variety this city brings and the neverending heartbeat that beats on even when you’re done for the night. Of course, I’m not crazy about every aspect. So I’ve decided to list the top 10 things I hate about New York, and then close it off with a positive note of the top 10 things I love about New York.
Ten Things I Hate About New York City
- The Smell – New York smells, and I don’t mean that lovely maple syrup smell you sometimes catch a whiff of in random parts of the city. I mean the smell of trash, urine, and wet trash, and sweat, and poor hygiene. It’s what you get when there’s 8 million + people crammed into such a tiny space.
- Trash on the Streets – This contributes greatly to the smell. Growing up, I always thought that there were alleys in New York… dark, dark alleys that people got killed in… but nonetheless alleys. Alleys where trash would inevitably go in dumpsters. Sorry kids, I hate to break it to you, Manhattan (at least), does not have alleys. Trash bags go in piles in the street. You have not become a real New Yorker until you’ve run into one of these walking hazards.
- Rodents & Pests – Mice may be cute (to some people), but they do not make welcome house guests. It’s said that no restaurant in immune to rodents or pests, so don’t let that gleaming blue “A” pasted on the doors fool you. Not that the restaurant isn’t a place you’d want to go eat, by all means, I even frequent “C” restaurants, but just don’t trick yourself into believing that they are immune to rodents and pests. After battling cockroaches in my first apartment, and now mice that just “pass through” my place (they don’t live in my apartment, they just explore my apartment, gee thanks), I feel as if I’ll never be immune of these issues. Then again, having a disgusting Thai restaurant below my apartment does affect how “clean” my building is and how bad this rodent issue is. At least they’re mice… and not rats.
- The Noise – If you’re looking for a nice quiet place to live, New York is all wrong for you. I did live in one semi-quiet apartment, I’d only hear the occasional “backyard noises” when I opened my window (someone playing a saxophone, or music loudly). Now I live in a street-facing apartment on the front of a building. If I had a quarter for every time I could hear every word of a conversation on the street, I’d be a very very rich girl. From the dump trucks, delivery trucks, construction, drunk people yelling loudly, domestic disputes, barking dogs, noise from the neighbors upstairs, loud music, the club that used to be below, and everything else, I can now successfully sleep through anything.
- The Skyrocketing Rents – Hi, I get that I make nearly 100% more than my peers for an equal level job in the midwest (then again, my job wouldn’t exist in the midwest the same way it exists in New York), but proportionally, I am making less than them due to the lovely insane rent I pay for my 400sq foot shoebox. For the same amount, I could be living in a 2 or 3 BR in Chicago. Not only that, I live in a non-doorman building, facing the street (see above for “The Noise”).
- Dating – You’d think when you cram 1.5 million into the island of Manhattan, you’d get enough singles to be ripe of the picking. WRONG. You get a bunch of people who think they can all do better, so dissatisfaction runs rampant. Furthermore, bars are not the place you want to meet someone. Anyway, this could end up being a long rant, so I’ll save it for a future entry.
- Tourists – People who can’t walk straight, take up too much space, believe that the large sidewalks are meant to be 2 lanes (sorry, the sidewalk is big because it needs to be that size to accommodate the large mass of people who are trying to get BY the tourists).
- B&T-ers – These are almost as bad as tourists… actually no, they are worse. They believe because they live in close proximity to New York, that they UNDERSTAND New York. So they walk around, strutting their stuff like they own the city. I’m sorry, but we (I know, obnoxious right, I’ve only been here 5 years) can tell that you’re from Jersey or Long Island by your atrocious dress and theatrical make-up and skyhigh heels not made for walking New York City streets.
- Waiting – When you’re in a city this large, you have to wait for everything. Lines for coffee, a table, drink. Not saying this problem doesn’t plague other cities, but when it comes to getting to the movie theatre over 30-minutes early just to get a good seat, you begin to wonder what the draw is of living here.
- The Weather – Hello atrociously long winters, and steamy summers. Ah, the 1 month I get for Fall, and the 1 month I get for Spring are coveted. The hot weather brings out the smells and rodents and pests; the cold weather brings horrible conditions to get out of the apartment, very bad landlords who don’t properly heat their buildings, and so much more.
Ten Things I Love About New York City
- The Food – Yes, there are many places where you’ll find great food you can’t find anywhere else, but every major chef comes to New York to open a place to say that they’ve “made it” or have a place in the city. There’s always a new place to try, a new flavor to taste, it’s so diverse here.
- The Variety – There’s always something going on in New York. One day you could be at “Sleep No More” and the next you’d be watching the Mets play. Or even gallery hopping in Chelsea, or doing yoga in Bryant Park.
- Convenience – You can’t beat the late hours, millions of stores within proximity of your apartment (or office place, or frequent hangout) anywhere else. Plus with the following topic…
- Public Transportation – Subway and buses are everywhere. They’re something you love to hate too (cursing the train or bus when they aren’t on time or aren’t working); but without them, we’d be stuck in Carmageddon forever.
- Architecture – You can’t help but be awed y the amazing architecture that is in the city. Hell, they have a whole weekend dedicated to exploring the cool things this city has to offer architecturally (Open House New York, check it out)
- The Intellectual Elite – Incredibly snobby, but I love that there’s an intellectual elite in New York. Smarts have always turned me on and I’m excited when someone can respond when I say “They have have discovered Higgs Boson” and someone can go into deep conversation with me about it.
- Fashion – As much as fashion is snobby, I LOVE fashion in New York. You find the most well dressed people (and often the most poorly dressed or strangely dressed people); but the style is svelte.
- Cool Jobs – People come to New York to build their careers (or leave completely dejected); but it is the place where some of the coolest jobs are… I have to say that I’m extremely proud to have had and still have cool jobs.
- The History – So many amazing, pivotal events have happened in New York over its long history, everywhere you go, you are touched by something amazing that has happened in that space.
- Being Able To Say “I Live In New York” – THIS IS AWFUL, but I love saying “oh I live in New York” and be the envy of everyone who doesn’t live in a cool metropolitan city. Don’t roll your eyes at me, I’m sure everyone enjoys doing this every once in awhile.
Phew, that was the longest blog entry I’ve written in a very, very long time. I hope I’ll be writing much more as I travel around the country (and world) in the next upcoming month to a year!
I find myself back in Chicago for the first time in 5 years. I really do miss how clean this city is. New York is like a garbage dump compared to Chicago.
I’m staying at the most absolute fabulous hotel – the room is THREE TIMES the size of my whole apartment. I really do live in a shoebox.
There’s 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, bedroom, and more… The foyer alone is the size of my apartment… Weaksauce. I got lost walking from the master bathroom to the living room.
Anyway, here are some photos and more details to come!!
Location | New York, NY
Life has become exceedingly hectic since I was last constantly posting on this blog. I now blog for a company that’s set to become a major player in the advertising industry. Plus I manage all the lovely and fun social media. So things have been really good… for now.
Next week I head to Chicago to run a cupcake truck for our clients. Here’s a map of the truck route, Anyone want to stop by and say hi?
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