“If New York was easy, everyone would live here,” a friend reminded me the other day. I hadn’t thought of it quite that way, but he was absolutely right. Who wouldn’t want to live among the best food, culture, job opportunities, shopping and interesting people?
Well, people with small children, for starters. It’s awfully hard to maneuver around sidewalks and subway stations with strollers. I can’t imagine carrying groceries and toddlers up stairs.
Anyone who prefers an outdoor lifestyle will not be at home in the city. Again, the crowds make it impossible to find a place for mountain biking or even running. Water-based activities don’t seem impossible, but I’ve yet to try them here.
Germaphobes would hate Manhattan. I’ve told you before how disgusting it is to walk over trash in the street. Dogs do their business on the sidewalks and, well, it stinks. And anyone who has ridden public transportation in a sizable city can imagine how dreadful it would be to commute on a packed subway day after day.
Anyone without a fat paycheck would have to get creative in Gotham. This weekend my brother-in-law pointed out a nice apartment with a deck, overlooking Central Park. He questioned how much it would be. My guess: $55 million. For that unit. We’re not talking the entire building.
Introverts might not care for city life. A 30-second elevator ride alone is a treat to be savored. If you can’t stand people, you might want to look at other options.
New York is fun. I love that Broadway is literally down the street. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart tape in my neighborhood. I can walk to my choice of amazing shopping. Jackson Pollock’s paintings are displayed just a block away from my office. This is the city people dream of, and if it was easy, everyone would live here.
My camera threw up all over this gallery below. Highlights: My team and I “ran” a 5K for women’s cancer research. (Impossible to run in Midtown with 20,000 other people.) Kids visited me in Manhattan (fun for a weekend, but not easy), Quyn and I had drinks at a rooftop lounge (easy if you have disposable income.)
I’m a journalist, content strategist, doting auntie, amateur bobsledder, fitness enthusiast, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.