Welcome to New York


I have been living in New York for a little over a month now and in that short time I have already found things that I LOVE and some things that I could definitely do without. Taylor Swift may be the newest tourist ambassador for this amazing city, but I am not sure her song “Welcome to New York” fully encompasses this crazy place. As my roommate Christin put it so eloquently, “New York isn’t welcoming at all. It is a city that chews you up and spits you back out. Not everyone can handle it.” As a result, I decided to let out my inner Rory Gilmore and write up a pro/con list about New York City. This is based simply on these first few weeks spent as an official New Yorker. Whether or not I will become a full fledged New Yorker for life will only be revealed in time, but for now here are my pros & cons.


  • Seamless
  • Those first signs of spring
  • The city that never sleeps = you can get anything at any time of day
  • People watching
  • Central Park/Carl Schurz Park
  • Overwhelming amount of culture (museums, opera, etc.)
  • Cabs are available 24/7


  • Dogs peeing on the curb will never look normal to me
  • Unsuspecting slush puddles on street corners
  • Tourists blocking the entire sidewalk on my lunch break
  • Winter in NYC is pretty miserable
  • That never-ending rush to get to and from destinations

This is not an all encompassing list by any means, but since I have moved here they are the most obvious. I am still adjusting to NYC and there are days when I love this place and never want to leave. Then there are also days when I just want to pack up and move to an entirely different place. I just resigned my lease, so for the time being I will be a New Yorker until June 2016. I know that the next few months will be filled with different adventures and I am looking forward to see how I handle this crazy city. As they say, if you can make it here you can truly make it anywhere.

Although Taylor Swift may not have gotten everything right in her song “Welcome to New York” there is something so apropo about listening to it as I walk to the subway each morning. Whether or not this city is welcoming, it reminds me that yes, “everybody here wanted something more”… just like me.


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