I’ve lived in three apartments since I moved to New York City almost two years ago. The first, I only stayed in for two months. Then I moved closer to school to a much nicer apartment. However, my roommate turned out to be a little insane (literally) and almost impossible to live with. I stuck it out for seven months and then moved in with a friend, which is where I live now. I have been here since last May, so for over a year.
This is the only apartment that has felt like home to me in New York. Sure, it’s run down, my room is tiny, and the neighbors are horribly annoying… but it’s home. I’ve made some unforgettable memories here. I gone through many life changing events here. I’ve grown more comfortably into myself here.
As my moving date is getting closer and closer (2 days!) I’m beginning to realize how much I’m going to miss New York. I want to enjoy as much as I can before I leave. So when my roommate asked if I wanted to walk around outside with her yesterday, I made myself go despite not really being in the mood.
As we wandered around our neighborhood we remarked how we should have done this more often, how beautiful it really is, and how we missed so much by defaulting to Central Park every free weekend. Of course, there is nothing wrong with Central Park at all (I love it!), but I seem to have missed some of the beauty right around the corner.
We stopped at the entrance of Riverside Park to take a few pictures before continuing on.
Our ultimate destination was the Hudson River. We found a bench along the water where we sat and enjoyed our Chocolate frozen yogurt and Peach Tea Snapple.
We laughed, shared stories, and reminded each other not to get too sad about our upcoming separation (leaving friends is super sad!) It was an amazing afternoon. It seems that no matter how many negative feelings I have towards New York, and no matter how ready I am to leave and start another adventure, a day like this will always change my mind.
I guess that’s what happens when a place feels like home.