As some of you Tracy’s New York Life readers know, I left the Upper East Side this past spring and headed back to the Pacific Northwest. Although it wasn’t my first choice (or second, or third), the move has been great in terms of resting, taking a break from the stress of the city, and dedicating more time to doing things purely for my own enjoyment. Still, it’s no surprise that there’s a million things I miss about living in in New York, and I’m sure any former NYC local can relate.
First and foremost, I miss my NYC friends – many, who are more like family than anything. We didn’t spend every waking hour together, as most of my crew includes fellow “slashies” who also work in entertainment. But there’s an amazing sense of comradery, and I love being surrounded by people who can relate to what I go through on a day-to-day basis. That’s not always the case here in Suburbia.
I was never the type to get excited about social events in NYC, just because I always associated those with work. Whether it was a restaurant opening or covering New York Bridal Fashion Week, I found it tiring to deal with remembering “who’s who,” making small talk with other industry professionals, and wasting at least three hours getting ready for a special occasion. Now, after spending the past several months in sweats, PJ’s, and no makeup, I’ll admit that I totally miss having a full social calendar. Styling my hair like a Victoria’s Secret model doesn’t have the same effect when I’m making a grand entrance into Rite Aid.
Most of the bars in my neighborhood close at midnight, so nightlife here is basically non-existent for me (in NYC, my friends and I wouldn’t go out until 11 p.m.). Even if I opted to take an Uber to downtown Seattle, a lot of the clubs there are ridiculously overpriced, and for whatever reason, Uber seems to be a lot more expensive here as well. I regularly get “homesick” for some of my favorite NYC nightlife spots like Baker Street, Dangerfield’s, and Monarch Rooftop Lounge.
The Convenience Factor
The fact that a simple trip to the grocery store here requires a car ride, sucks. With Fairway across the street, Duane Reade around the corner, and the Q Train right in front of my apartment, I was definitely spoiled while living on East 86th Street.
If there’s one thing I miss most about my life in NYC (aside from my friends), it’s knowing that setting foot outside my apartment meant anything could happen. I’ve met some of the most interesting people – celebrities and non-celebrities alike – and have had some of the craziest experiences when I wasn’t even expecting it. You won’t find that level of possibility and potential in many cities around the world. And if you’re a New Yorker, I advise you to savor of every moment.
Did you leave NYC? What do you miss most about living in New York?