I’ve been living in Manhattan for a few months now, so I’m nowhere near an expert (my attempts at riding any lettered subway line prove that…). I have had time to make a few conclusions about this great city though – one being that living in Manhattan is extremely similar to college life. Here are my observations thus far:
The weekends begin on Thursdays. Seriously. This place is like a scene from I Am Legend in the summer because everyone has left for Cape Cod, Nantucket, Atlantic City, or the Hamptons as soon as they possibly can.
Moving day sucks. You’ve carried that couch up four flights of stairs and calculated how to shove it into the tiny door frame on the hottest day of the year. Congratulations! Only 364 days until your lease is up, your rent has increased, and you have to do it all over again!
There are few differences between dorm rooms and NYC apartments. Unless you’ve sold part of your soul to the devil or you have an extremely rich great uncle who left you his life’s savings in his will, your apartment is the size of a college dorm room or a jail cell. And don’t pretend you haven’t seriously considered bunk beds as a way to save space and money….
Neighborhoods are the equivalent of fraternities/sororities. Just as with Greek life, people are loyal to their ‘hoods. One might venture out to party in another area of town, but you best believe people think their neighborhood is the best and they can’t fathom how others could live anywhere else. #upperbestside
You will gain a “Freshman 15”. I can walk one block from my apartment and pass 459754698 restaurants, a Starbucks, and two grocery stores. Plus, now that Seamless has been created? Fuggedaboutit. You better walk everywhere or the NYC 15 will creep up on those hips of yours!
The city survives off coffee and alcohol. In New York City, days begin with coffee runs and end with Happy Hour with co-workers that lead to late night drinks with friends. Every. Single. Night. I haven’t experienced anything like it…since my college days.
These are the best years of your life. Just like with all of your precious college memories, your children will soon tire of hearing all about your days of living the dream in New York City. But, eventually they too will move here and create memories all their own.
Stay fit and fabulous,