One year ago this week, M and I moved out of the spacious two bedroom apartment and the area we had grown to love in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (just outside Philadelphia). We moved into our tiny studio apartment in Greenwich Village, leaving most of our belongings with family in Connecticut. We sold our cars and committed to making the most of the city and its public transportation. We took a leap of faith, and we jumped in with both feet. M started his year of school and I eventually found a job. We immersed ourselves in the culture and took full advantage of the opportunities available to us.

Less than nine months later, it was time to move again. We had to move out of our student housing and find an apartment. Due to the unbearable rent costs in Manhattan, we made the difficult decision to move across the river to New Jersey. We found an apartment right on the river in Jersey City, slightly more affordable and with significantly more space than we could have gotten in Manhattan. We have a one bedroom apartment and have most of our belongings back.

M and I both work in Manhattan, and we take the train in every day. So far, I think we made the right decision. I would be lying if I said I didn't miss the Village. I adored our neighborhood and the unbelievable array of restaurants, shops, parks and cultural opportunities literally at our doorstep. But we have lived in Jersey City for more than three months now, and we are still taking advantage of the opportunities in Manhattan and the rest of New York City.

It would be easy to take this city for granted. It would be easy to take any place for granted, if you live and work in it. I hope I never get to that point. One year into it, I still love this city. I am drawn to it and I want to experience everything.


Anonymous said...

Amy - You have always been one to embrace new opportunities and that is a great quality to be admired. You and Mike are a terrific team. We all love hearing about your new experiences! How was your evening at the Rainbow Room? Maybe a POST describing that evening???
Love, Auntie Patty

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