New York, I Love You
In three weeks I'll be back on US soil--and it's for the last four months in the most foreseeable future. After a summer of thinking, I've decided to use the credits I brought from my IB high school diploma degree and graduate a semester early. I know that it is the right choice, but since I've really come to love New York and consider southern Manhattan my second home, I'm going to try to do my absolute best to enjoy every second I get to spend there this fall. And so here's my highly personal alien local top five list of things you really shouldn't miss if you ever get a chance to visit, live or study in this city of cities.
Only a 10-15 minutes walk to the east from NYU's campus around Washington Square Park you find the East Village. Between 14th and Houston, 2nd Av and Avenue D, the village's old Puerto Rican character and remnant hippie squats surrounds Tompkins Square Parks greenery and gives you my hands-down favorite part of New York City. Unfortunately NYU students are busy gentrifying the village's old spirit away so I'd say: visit this magical place while you can.
I love coffee and do my best creative writing surrounded by the roasted aroma, and if you're like me, NYC has got you covered.
Ninth Street Espresso: 700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009, USA;
Oren's Daily Roast: 29 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA;
Two Hands: 164 Mott St, New York, NY 10013, USA;
Greecologies: 379 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Only in New York can you find a donation based Vinyasa yoga studio with up to eight classes a day. Countless of hours have I taken a break from this crazy city on a mat inside these doors.
12 St Marks Pl #2R, New York, NY 10003, USA
Still 16 years later, the absence of the twin towers marks NYC's cityscape and paying the memorial a visit is to me a good reminder that you can't take anything for granted in this world. Going there after night fall is an unforgettable experience.
Early morning runs was my way to cope with the city during the very overwhelming first year, and it has been a welcome routine to destress and clear my brain ever since. A more inspiring place to run than the streets of New York I have yet to find.
These are five of the things that I look forward to doing and seeing and being around in the vicinity of NYU's campus this fall. If you have favorite places of your own off the beaten track, or coffee shops you think I haven't tried and must try out--don't hesitate to reach out.
See you back in New York,
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