Breaking Up With New York

Central Park , New York City
Central Park , New York City

We've done it. We've decided to leave New York. Of course, next we went through the denial-bargaining-anger-grief phases. And as with all breakups, we needed separation to gain clarity. Now we have emerged, a bit shaken, but in one piece. And we're finally ready to talk about it.

So here it is: A breakdown of what we miss, and what we decidedly do not miss about the Great Manhattan. We recommend you read it how it was written- with your favorite breakup pint.

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What We'll Miss / What We Won't

Fancy cocktails / That cost $14

The Piano Guy in Washington Sq. / The Pigeon Guy in Washington Sq.

The Spring / The urine smell that follows

The Fall / That only lasts 5 days

Amazing West Village apartment / Tiny in all ways but rent

Everything being so close / Everyone being so close

The World's Best Restaurants / With the sauciest Maître D's

The Shows / Times Square

Informed people / Protests

Living at the Center of the World / Fear of terrorist attacks

Public transportation / Rats

The very best Police and Fire Dept / Sirens all night

But there are aspects of New York that are untouchable by our cynicism (as if New York needed our protection.). The daily things like amazing tap water and personal drivers. The museums and parks in a city so well laid out it gives evidence to smarter men having a bigger plan. Challenging jobs that proved ourselves to ourselves. The honesty that replaces manners and, with that, the freedom in knowing exactly where you stand with people. The unique lives being lived in each window you see. And the history on every street, every block, and every building of New York. A history in which, by daring to live there, little you play a part.

New York, if you're reading this, we miss you already.

Blakely is traveling around the world with her husband and recounting their adventures on her travel website. Follow to get lost, thrilled, taught, scared, shocked and changed with them.