I’m not leaving New York City. But I’d be lying if I said the thought never crosses my mind. This wild hair usually appears between January and March when I’m in the midst of the winter blues, but by April when spring weather settles in, the idea vanishes until the following year. Even though I have no plans to move, I can’t help but think about what I would miss about New York. There are too many things to count, but I’ve narrowed the list to ten. Here we go.
If I left the city, here’s what I would miss about New York.
I used to love to drive, but not so much anymore. Not sure if that’s because there are more crazy drivers on the road, or I’m not as comfortable behind the wheel since I don’t do it as often. Walking isn’t as fun in any other place as it is in NYC, either. That’s because there’s always something new and exciting to look at, someplace different to go, and another route to take, not to mention the fact that the cityscape is ever-changing. Seeing the city on foot is the only way to see it.
I’ve loved Broadway since I saw A Chorus Line when I was 12 – and that won’t change anytime soon. I’ve gone to the theater in other cities, including London, which was spectacular. But still, when it comes to the stage, there’s nothing as inspiring as witnessing the flocks of talented artists grace the ‘Great White Way’ each and every day in New York City.
At times, I do miss living in a house, but I prefer the low-maintenance apartment lifestyle. Why? I don’t miss spending my weekends on home improvement or maintenance projects for a sprawling two-story home. I’d rather be relaxing, working, out and about in the city I love, or exploring another part of the world. If I went back to the house life, I’d adjust, but I know I’d really miss the simplicity of apartment life.
Businesses like our corner bodegas are the lifeblood of New York. They’re great in a pinch when you need to run to the corner to grab milk or a bouquet of fresh flowers. Mike and I have bought our Christmas tree at a neighborhood bodega a few times. Some bodegas make a darn good sandwich too.
Union Square Greenmarket.
I don’t get to Union Square as often as I’d like, but when I do, I have to say, “Wow!” I can’t believe this farmer’s market is in the middle of Manhattan. Even if I’m just doing a walk-by and not buying, there’s something about that piece of country in the city that I’m thrilled to notice each time.
What would NYC be like without our street vendors? From selling ice cream to magazines to jewelry and hats, street vendors an affordable way to buy a meal or an accessory and they’re an integral part of the fabric of New York City. I eat at the food trucks now and then, and the sidewalk kiosks are terrific for scarves, inexpensive sunnies, and basics like water and chewing gum. And everyone should eat a Mister Softee at least once.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking…what? I do love snow. I grew up with it. I don’t like cleaning, shoveling, or driving in it, but I don’t have to do any of those things here, so it’s the best of both worlds. I get to experience snow minus the burden. I lived in Atlanta for 12 years with barely a flurry, and I couldn’t wait for my first winter in NYC so I could open my mouth and eat a snowflake! And, I did. Plus, I can’t think of a more magical place in the snow than New York City. Okay, I’m a tad biased.
Steady hum of taxis.
Well, I wouldn’t miss the horn-honking, but the sound of taxis humming up and down the avenues is like listening to my favorite song’s refrain again and again. White noise, yes, but essential noise, so the city is never completely quiet.
I do my best to avoid bread, pizza, bagels, desserts, etc, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much. But my, how I would miss those crusty, chewy New York bagels if I couldn’t walk up the street and buy one or a dozen. Whole wheat everything, please! And the same for a slice of pizza, or should I say, a whole pie.
From any angle, day or night. the New York skyline is striking, and probably the most regal in the world. And even though it’s changing rapidly, the skyline will always inspire and symbolize that anything is possible!
Also, what I would miss about New York – blogging about this great city!
Leaving New York City is never easy, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do. What would you miss most if you left New York?
New York at night photo by James Maher.