My New NY

Whenever I see a person go to New York City for the first time, I usually get the feeling that they are overwhelmed by all the things to do, the places to see, the variety of people, and the fast pace the city moves in. That’s certainly how I felt my first time here, 15 years ago.

Since that trip I took with my school in the 8th grade, I began to build a crush with New York. I saw all the sites, many museums and even more Broadway shows. I loved every minute of it -even when I got lost one night and had to walk all over the city trying to find my group. It was after that one-week trip in 1998 that I first thought “I’m gonna live here one day”.

And sure enough, I stepped off the airplane ten years later, suitcase in hand, ready to take on the city. I lived here for four months in 2007, while I studied a few classes in NYU and Juilliard (I like to sing). During those months I lived with three roommates, and got to experience the “party” side of New York.

Now I’ve come back for at least two years, to study some more… and to experience all the New York experiences that I’ve missed. I know all the sites -you can find them on all the websites-… And now it’s time to get to know all the nooks and hidden corners where I can find -and share with you- a new, more peaceful, more unexpected, New York.

I will be posting whatever place I find, with photos and giving you the 411 on the place… And I would also appreciate your suggestions.

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3 thoughts on “My New NY

  1. I am very excited for your blog! I have come to visit New York several times before moving here – which made me develop a big crush on the city as well. I have seen all the “touristy” places (although I feel like I still have more to see), and really want to dig deeper into this city and discover more. I am really looking forward to reading about all your experiences and trying them out myself. Thank you!

  2. That was a really pleasing post to read, Elena. I’m a native New Yorker so it’s always exciting for me to read about the experience people have with coming here for the first time. I was actually speaking the other day with a friend of mine from work about this very matter. He’s from Virginia and he had assumed, understandably, that I would be tired of the city, or at least immune to its charms. I will admit that there is quite a bit that I do not like about this city, but I believe that could be a post for another time on another blog, haha. I told him quite simply that I never get tired of New York City. I firmly believe that there is no way one somebody can look up at these buildings and not be overwhelmed. I don’t believe you can stand in the middle of New York City and look at everything we have created, and not feel some sort of rush; I would go so far as to say it is sublime.

  3. Elena, I really like the concept of your blog. In the 4 years I’ve lived here, I’ve found that the best moments often sneak up on you. What starts as a walk through the village suddenly becomes something that you remember forever. One thing I noticed when I first moved here was that while New Yorkers don’t always know their neighbors, there is an underlying sense of the community at large. When a hurricane hits, or terrorists strike, or a blizzard buries the city, everyone is in it together. I don’t know if I could live anywhere else without feeling like I’m missing out on something great back in NYC.

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