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Why I Did Not Like NYC

Pourqui Je N’ai Pas Aimé NYC


The idea of writing this post kind of breaks my heart & I know that a majority of people will disagree with me, but I don’t like NYC. I had the opportunity to visit New York during a work trip to New Jersey, and even though I was only there for a short amount of time, I spent enough time there to come to the conclusion that I just did not like it. As someone who grew up watching Gossip Girl (I’ve watched it all the way through 10 times now), NYC seemed like this magical place that was filled with great opportunity, when in reality it’s an island filled with nothing but buildings & no nature. Sure Central Park is huge, but I have visited better parks. I could probably go on and on about what I didn’t like about the city that never sleeps, but I will keep this short & only list 3 things.

If you want to see anything, you have to go inside.

There are no hills or mountains to climb so that you can have a great view of the city. Even in most of GG (and other NYC-based shows) they film(ed) inside very beautiful buildings, because there is not much to see outside unless you’re REALLY into architecture. Yes, I understand that New York is not known for its beautiful nature walks, but that is exactly why it is not a place for me. I spend a lot of time inside for work, so I love when I get a chance to be out in nature. If I had to live in NYC, I would be very miserable. Central Park just isn’t enough for me. I also want to add that not all of NY state is like this. As some of my friends have told me, there are plenty of trees and more outdoor activities to do upstate.

There is not much to do if you don’t want to spend money.

I have no problem paying to do things, but when every activity requires spending money, it becomes annoying. When I hear people talk about NYC, they always mention how much they love going to Broadway or go shopping or eat at a bunch of places. But honestly all that is so boring. I like shopping (preferably online), but when I visit a place, that’s not all I want to do. The food I had in NY was pretty good, but great food is not enough to make me change how I feel about a city. And as far as musicals go, I’ve never been a fan. The one thing I am sad I did not have time for was visiting any museums or the NY Public Library.

People could care less about you.

When one of my old friends came back from NY for the first time, she told me how much she loved that when she walked around, no one paid any attention to her. I’m not saying that is a bad thing or that I need attention from strangers, but I just find it sad that that is the norm there. People are so focused on themselves that they can’t stop just to say hi or smile at a stranger. I’m not saying that this true for all New Yorkers, but that is the overall vibe of the city.

So now that I’ve listed what I don’t like, here are a few things I did like about NYC:

Being able to walk anywhere

BEAUTIFUL architecture

Great pizza

Bethesda Fountain at Central Park

I’ve attached a few photos of things we did below. I don’t have any outfit links, b/c they’re all on IG & my page.

Thank you for reading,

bisous bisous ♥

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