My moving day is officially here, and it's definitely bittersweet. I have absolutely loved living in my little Upper West Side apartment; it was the perfect place to call home when I first moved to Manhattan, and it has brought me many happy memories over the past four years. Everyone says that it takes a couple of tries to find a great NYC apartment since real estate is so brutal here, so I've always felt fortunate that I hit it out of the park on my first try! As much as I'll miss this place, I am ready to move on and thrilled to build a new home together with T. I hope you'll indulge me as I pay homage to the 5 Manhattan things I'm loving, and will be missing!
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would find a Manhattan studio with outdoor space. Amazingly, my apartment came with a private patio that is large enough to fit a table of 10, along with a grill! This patio has hosted many theme parties and gatherings of friends, and holds some of my happiest memories of the past four years.
Location, Location, Location
This is probably the thing I will miss most about moving to Astoria...you just can't beat the convenient location of the Upper West Side! I am within a two-minute walk of two different subway lines, Central Park is steps away from my corner, there is a Drybar literally around the corner from me, and my couch-to-desk total commute time tops out at 25 minutes. I adore being smack dab in the middle of all of the Manhattan action, so it will probably be a bit of an adjustment to have a slightly longer commute.
Secret Single Behavior
M and I once shared our Secret Single Behavior (or as we call it, SSB) which we first discovered via (what else?) Sex and the City. You can read all about it here, but basically SSB is about the secret things you do when no one else is around. Since T and I have basically been unofficially living together the past few months, I think he's pretty much seen it all, though I should probably still try to limit my pretzel dinners!
My UWS street is simply beautiful (there, I said it) and I will miss the charms of my building very, very much.
You really can get pretty much anything delivered at any time in Manhattan. I'm sure that will mostly be true for Astoria too, but the central location of the UWS means that I always have tons of options for late night snacking! Besides, I can always have my cravings delivered to my office and take them home with me :)
It's been a wonderful four years, but I'll happily trade in my short commute and midnight cupcake deliveries because nothing could be better than this new step I'm taking. I still remember chatting with Kristen, Pam, and Kari over drinks when I told them I was hanging out with T later that night, who I had recently started dating at the time...and now, here we are!
Farewell, Manhattan - I will be sure to be a frequent visitor.
And...hello, Astoria! I look forward to bringing you tales of my new neighborhood, along with some moving tips and home décor posts! Have a beautiful weekend (I hope you won't be stuck sweating under moving boxes, like me!).