After spending four years living in Baltimore, I knew I needed to get out. Nothing was keeping me here, other then it being kind of close to my family. I had determined that I wanted to be a librarian and I knew that just going out into the work force after getting my BA was not realistic for me. So I applied to two library programs, one at Simmons in Boston, and the one at Pratt Institute, in New York. When I originally applied to college, I only applied to two places and it worked out fine then, so why not give it a second try?
As I’m sure you guessed from the title of this article, I was accepted to Pratt. I packed up all of my things, found two roommates and an apartment in Bushwick, and moved to New York knowing no one. I have to admit, at first this was pretty lonely but I very quickly fell in love with all of the things I had at my fingertips. (I was also in the process of falling in love with someone who still lived in Baltimore, but that is another story).
Making friends in grad school is pretty difficult. Making friends as an adult, in general, is pretty difficult. But eventually I met some awesome people and really started exploring this wonderful city that I now called my home.
I was loving life, until about a year into my stay. I was back and forth between Baltimore, York (where I am originally from), and New York. Baltimore reminded me how much I missed normal life and seeing grass and green spaces. New York was so fast. Getting anything was a process, and I realized the commuting an hour to work everyday was making me cranky.
I left New York after two years to come back to Baltimore, my family, and my husband. I’d say it was worth the move. I’ve visited New York a few times since then and every time I get a little spark of that love that used to be.
Here are a few of my greatest hits:
Museums: The MET, MOMA, The Guggenheim
Eat and Drink: Bathtub Gin, David’s Tea, Crif Dogs, Magnolia Bakery, Baked by Melissa, Cafeteria , Murray’s Cheese Bar
Bookstores: Strand, Book Culture, Bluestockings
How do you feel about New York? Do you visit regularly? Do you have a love hate relationship with another city? Are you visiting New York this summer? If so check out some of these places!