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5 Boroughs, 5 Years – Living in New York City

Sunsets on the Hudson, outdoor movies, parades, where the Pinkberry addiction began, the MET, the NYC Ballet, Yankees Games, METS Games, the Museum of Natural History, Radio City, the Rink at Rockefeller Center, Rowing in Central Park, shopping on Fifth Avenue, Yoga in Times Square, cookbooks signed by Rachel Ray, the Museum of Modern Art, the 5 Boro Bike Tour, the Tunnel to Towers Run, the Food Network Food and Wine Festival, Top of the Rock, the Bronx Zoo, Giants, Games, free concerts in Central Park, bike rides and 10k races on Governors Island, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, watching the Macy’s Fireworks Show along the Hudson River, amazing brunches, delicious dinners, fashion shows, and lots of new friends my time in New York City was anything but dull.

Staten Island – known as the boro of parks, Staten Island is the red headed stepchild of the 5 boros. I opted to live on here because it provided the easiest and closest commute to work and I had more space for my money and a parking space for my car; two things that are difficult to come by in New York City. Definitely worth at least one trip, you can take a free 20min ride on the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan and wave hello to lady liberty. Across the street from the ferry terminal on Staten Island is one of my favorite restaurants, Beso – a Spanish tapas restaurant. Their food is delicious, the service is amazing, and if you’ve seen pictures on Instagram or Facebook of me roasting marshmallows on the bar this is the place! If you’re up for more adventure take the bus from the terminal to Fort Wadsworth for some amazing views of the Verranzano Bridge and New York Harbor, and access to running trails and the beach.

Queens – an express train away from Manhattan brought me to Citi Field where I loved to watch the METs play. The easternmost and largest of the 5 boros, Queens was once home to the World’s Fair so I had to take a walk through Flushing Meadows Corona Park to see the12-story high, stainless-steel model of the earth called the Unisphere. With amazing restaurants, fun museums, and beautiful parks Queens was always worth the trip.

Bronx – home to the New York Yankees and the Bronx Zoo I didn’t venture to the Bronx very often, but when I did it was Yankees Games and good Italian food.

Brooklyn – Ahhhh Brooklyn. I fell in love with Brooklyn 3 summers ago and our love has been growing deeper and stronger ever since. A laid back version of Manhattan you can stroll through Brooklyn and take in the sites, people, and smells. It’s got it’s own style and finesse like no other. I can see why so many people are making the move to Brooklyn. Two of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn are Thai Rice Kitchen in Park Slope and Footprints on Clarendon Road. I love the Brooklyn Museum, when the cherry blossoms bloom in the Botanical Gardens, and the spectacular views from DUMBO.

Manhattan – Stretching from Battery Park City up to Harlem and including Governors Island the concrete jungle gives you access to almost anything your heart desires at any hour of the day or night. It’s where fashion meets the pavement. It contains more restaurants and food trucks than you can imagine, buildings appear to nearly scrap the sky, and yellow cabs zip by you. Most often when people think of New York City they think of Manhattan, although it is just one of 5 boros that make up New York City. I spent many days galavanting around Manhattan seeing shows, trying new restaurants, people watching, exploring new places, ice skating in the winters, laying in the grass or doing yoga in the park during the summers, walking through museums, visiting the New York City Ballet and the NYC Opera, and learning how to get around on foot, on the subway, and in my car. Parking tickets in NYC will make anyone want to sell their car and buy a metro card, but 5 parking tickets and 5 years later I can say that I was pretty good at getting around the city.

My experience living in New York City is one I wouldn’t trade. I learned more than I ever imagined I would, met some amazing people, and have memories from experiences that will last a lifetime. Would you ever move to New York City? Is it on your travel list?

Until Next Time! -xo AGT