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Walking The High Line & Other NYC Attractions

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After my first month of living in New York City, one thing is for sure: boredom is never an option. With a vast array of activities, sights to see, and new places to explore, I find the most difficult task is making a choice. This past Sunday was my first encounter with The High Line. If I wasn’t sold on New York City before, I am now.

The park is a perfect combination of modern and recycled architecture, built upon historic railroad tracks. As I was walking, I couldn’t help but admire the sense of unity between all the buildings, whether newly constructed or quaint with age. Although still in the city, the High Line provides the perfect contrast between concrete and nature. It was a great way to take a study break, and explore a piece of what this city has to offer.

image-41If you have a chance to visit NYC, I encourage everyone to take a trip to see the park. If you are living in the city, it is the perfect spot to escape the hustle of the streets. Here is a short list of other must-see sights in NYC, some of which I still need to see for myself!

  •        Central Park
  •        The Met Rooftop Garden
  •        MoMA  – Museum of Modern Art
  •        Empire State Building
  •        The High Line
  •        Top of the Rock Observation Deck – Rockefeller Plaza
  •        Times Square
  •        Ground Zero and 9/11 Memorial
  •        Broadway Show
  •        F.A.O. Schwarz
  •        Statue of Liberty
  •        Live Sporting Events: Yankees, Giants, Mets, Jets, Rangers
  •        Yankees game at Yankee Stadium/Giants game at MetLife Stadium
  •        Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  •        Staten Island and Coney Island

What else would you recommend? Sound off below or tweet me @Sam__Dickson!

- S.

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Head Over Heels for NYC

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“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

In case you haven’t been following my many musings over twitter lately, I have some exciting news to share! I have officially made the big move to New York City (I’m still waiting for that statement to sink in)! If you’re in the PR world, you know that this is a huge opportunity – and for me, a dream come true.

The journey began Friday morning at 5 a.m. After a grueling 12-hour drive from Toronto to NYC in my (over) packed car, we finally arrived, and just in time to unload. My lack of a Monday morning post came as a result of exhaustion and trying to adapt to the new surroundings.

So, what have I learned over the past 72 hours? Surprisingly, this move has taught me a lot more than I had anticipated. Here is my attempt at encapsulating the events of the weekend:

  • Yes, Toronto traffic is congested. No, Toronto traffic cannot be adequately compared to NYC traffic. I’ve heard the rumors, and I’ve witnessed it in person, but I’ve never been in a car packed to the brim in NYC traffic. The last thing I had in mind was arriving to NYC on the brink of rush hour and having to wait two hours to travel a mere 10 km in downtown Manhattan.
  • As a PR person, time is of the essence. In the beginning of our careers, PR professionals quickly learn that time management is an art to be perfected. We understand that our time is just as valuable as our client’s time. Realty check. Not one, but all three furniture/cable/internet appointments were either late or rescheduled for an alternate day. Patience was my survival tool.
  • When IKEA claims “easy to assemble,” always assume otherwise. When in doubt, throw away the Allen key and find yourself a power drill.
  • If you were never good at Pictionary growing up, chances are the IKEA instructions will appear to be meaningless pictures that have a lack of directions.
  • A helping hand is encouraged! I was thankful to have both my parents and my aunt along for the journey. When one of us couldn’t figure something out, at least somebody could conjure up an attempt. I don’t know what I would have done without them there to assist me!
  • Size matters. If you are not able to get in ahead of time to do some measuring, always assume you are overestimating the amount of space you have. The last thing you want is a studio apartment crammed in with over sized furniture. I have multiple pictures of desks on my iPhone after numerous (failed) attempts at finding a suitable workspace.
  • Breathe. Sometimes moving can be stressful, especially when you are not accustomed to a new city. (Let alone driving in it!) After a handful of manual labor hours, I am now all settled in and enjoying my petite loft! Stay patient and have faith that things will all fall into place.

Thanks for all the best wishes on the move, and I’ll keep you posted on the NYC life now that I’ve arrived! My agenda for the day is to master the Metro and perhaps a stroll through Central Park!

-S.

From NYC Dreaming to NYC Living

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“Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled apartment overlooking
 the park is forever.” – Carrie Bradshaw

I grew up watching, admiring, and dreaming to live like Carrie Bradshaw. I would have never imagined that years later I would be a 20-something girl making the big move to New York City to embark on a similar journey.

Although searching for the two L’s (Labels & Love) remains at the top of my list, my move to NYC parallels a little more closely to Samantha’s in the PR sense, not to mention the same name. As the official move-in date inches closer, I can’t help but offer suggestions to anyone out there (small-town or not!) looking to make the move. I know I went in with expectations that got tossed out the window the minute I set foot in Manhattan!

  1. Wants vs. Needs – Although your wants and needs might be blurred between the two categories, it is extremely important that you recognize what you can and can’t live without – I learned this fast! That walk-in closet you’re hoping for is largely out of reach.
  2. Stairs are your new friends – Although your job might be in an air-conditioned high rise, realize that the apartment you really want might be on the sixth floor with no elevator in sight.
  3. Divide your ideal square footage in two, and then divide that by two – Anyone who has made the move to NYC knows that space is limited. More specifically, you will get more if you pay more. With close to 8.3 million people living in the city, it’s no wonder they have to fit everyone into small, intricate apartments where the stove might just be next to your bed.
  4. Market trends aren’t always your friends – Since I was only in NYC for the weekend, my broker not only had the task of finding me an apartment in a few days, but also having to collect documents, submit an application as well as coordinating a lease signing with the landlords. After nine apartment showings, and losing my first choice to another applicant in the span of 24 hours, you can already sense the fast-pace reality of NYC.
  5. Application Approvals – The. Waiting. Game. This had to be the worst part of the journey. I handled the showings and decision making with poise, but when it came time to wait for the application to be approved, I was one anxious girl.

So, I encountered two reality checks on my weekend rendezvous with the big apple. First, check your expectations at the door and make room for the NYC realistic expectations. Second, that after all is said and done, you will find a petite loft in your desired location and you’ll be asking someone if it’s all just a dream! Although the search is tough, the pieces will fall into place!

- S.