I remember it like it was yesterday..a sweaty and treacherous move in on Labor Day weekend with my entire family assisting me in bringing everything I own up 5 flights of stairs to my first New York City apartment. I can’t believe it has been 2 years since I moved to this amazingly difficult and awesome city. This apartment has taught me a lot about sleeping through crazy 21 year olds screaming outside the bars, trapping mice, cleaning up from bed bugs, getting yelled at for blasting music and smelling cookies and pizza every night.
It has also allowed me the opportunity to see the Empire State Building every time I enter and leave my apartment, being close to many gyms that I teach at and also being a home base for my friends and I to pre game together when we all live in 4 corners of the city. I have been able to walk to great restaurants, the best movie theater in the city and some fantastic rooftop spots to grab a drink. I have learned how to navigate the city, the subway system and the homeless men that sleep outside the apartment, with ease.
I have made a lifelong friend in my roommate Michelle who started as a “friend of a friend” and became my therapist, party partner, workout buddy and bestie in NYC and NJ. I will miss our Sunday night feasts on the Greek salad from across the street, late night treks to 16 Handles for froyo, runs on the East River, watching the Bachelorette and screaming about the men and your Italian cooking sessions. I am excited for your next chapter in Australia and for mine Uptown..cheers to new beginnings!
I am excited to try out a new area of the city, a new apartment, new roommates and new adventures. While it is always sad to move forward, I am so happy that I had the experiences that I did in New York and I am ready to be in a quieter and more relaxed area of the city. Goodbye Murray Hill, your bromance will continue probably more successfully now that I am leaving :)