#tbt – Revisiting NYC

You want to know what I’m psyched about tonight? In less than 24 hours, I will be in New York City for a reunion with my cousins.

I lived there for seven months in 2013 and I miss it a lot. I moved there because the economy was crap and I was offered a job working for one of my dream organizations – an international student exchange for high school students.So i packed up, found a roommate and the cheapest apartment i could get and jumped in.

I couldn’t afford Manhattan, so I lived out in the Flushing/Jamaica area. It was a mix of Orthodox Jews, Chinese and Bengali immigrants, rough neighborhoods next to prosperous ones. I took long walks to the site of a past World’s Fair and to small markets for veggies. I loved it.

I often worked at the airport, greeting, chaperoning and shuttling off students from all parts of the world. I loved it.

On my office days, I would grab lunch from a food truck and look up at the tall buildings and watch the Staten Island ferry come and go. I loved it.

I would take the subway to my office and the bus to Astoria Park where I went lap swimming. I would put in my earbuds and just people watch. I loved it.

Cancer took me away from New York and the ridiculous rents kept me away, but I’m so excited to go back tomorrow. I’m going to love it.


THAT SKYLINE.

#tbt – Revisiting NYC

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