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    Maeve Waite

    24 year old work psychologist, mental health advocate and future dachshund owner. occasional writer, baker and photo taker. posts have been featured on time to change and mental movement magazine, and I sometimes like to write all lower case.
    New York, NY, USA

    Why I Need To Go Back to New York


    My love for this city is pretty much neverending. Ever since my mum suggested I watch You've Got Mail (just watch it) I fell in love with the idea of New York. That was when I was around 14; I'm now 24 and even though I've seen been able to visit, my love hasn't left - it's only gone and gotten that bit stronger hasn't it? Which is quite annoying for someone who never has money.

    When I visited, I did all the touristy places - Empire State, Rockefeller, The High Line, One World Trade Center, etc. I only got a taste of the actual vibe of the city as I was walking from attraction to attraction, through the beautiful streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and OHMAGAWD I need to move there. I need to.

    I admit, I've probably got a romanticised version of NYC from all the films and books I've seen and read (more on that in a bit). I'm sure the reality is different, and has its downsides too. But I can't put my finger on it - I just can't get enough of it. It's a life goal to live there.

    My favourite things about New York:


    • The atmosphere - it's always exciting; there's always something going on, something to do, something to see.
    • The architecture - it's just SO beautiful. The Met, Chrysler Building, New York Public Library, Grand Central Station - need I say more?
    • The parks - obviously Central Park, but Washington Square Park, Battery Park...ugh I foresee many beautiful Autumnal photos being taken there one day.
    • The food - sorry, but you know. Pizza. Bagels. Ice Cream. BRUNCH. It's the home of Shake Shack. Of course I'm gonna love it.
    • The shows - you can see such a range of shows in New York. Yeah there's Broadway, but also tons of independent theatres and productions everywhere.

    I was only there for 4 or 5 days, last time I visited, there's still SO much I want to do and see.


    My New York Goals:


    • Have lunch at the Central Park Boathouse
    • Catch a train into Grand Central Station
    • Explore Williamsburg
    • Find the best iced coffee (Starbucks doesn't count)
    • Visit all the museums
    • Get holed up in the Public Library
    • Become a regular at Shake Shack
    • See a Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall
    • Get engaged in Central Park (humour me, ok) (and yes, Paddy already knows this)


    To get your New York fix without actually going there:


    • Watch a film/TV show set in NYC. There's loads. My favourites include You've Got Mail, Friends, When Harry Met Sally, Gossip Girl, The Mindy Project, SATC, & The Devil Wears Prada.
    • Read something. I recommend Christmas at Tiffany's by Kate Swan or I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk.
    • Scour Pinterest for all the feels. (And maybe set one as your laptop screensaver.) (What...I don't do that...)
    • Watch all the YouTube vlogs from New York. I love Kate La Vie & Tanya Burr's versions, personally!
    • Look at flights. It helps. A little.


    In the hope that I will one day return, what are your recommendations for New York?

    M x


    My love for this city is pretty much neverending. Ever since my mum suggested I watch You've Got Mail (just watch it) I fell in love with the idea of New York. That was when I was around 14; I'm now 24 and even though I've seen been able to visit, my love hasn't left - it's only gone and gotten that bit stronger hasn't it? Which is quite annoying for someone who never has money.

    When I visited, I did all the touristy places - Empire State, Rockefeller, The High Line, One World Trade Center, etc. I only got a taste of the actual vibe of the city as I was walking from attraction to attraction, through the beautiful streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and OHMAGAWD I need to move there. I need to.

    I admit, I've probably got a romanticised version of NYC from all the films and books I've seen and read (more on that in a bit). I'm sure the reality is different, and has its downsides too. But I can't put my finger on it - I just can't get enough of it. It's a life goal to live there.

    My favourite things about New York:


    • The atmosphere - it's always exciting; there's always something going on, something to do, something to see.
    • The architecture - it's just SO beautiful. The Met, Chrysler Building, New York Public Library, Grand Central Station - need I say more?
    • The parks - obviously Central Park, but Washington Square Park, Battery Park...ugh I foresee many beautiful Autumnal photos being taken there one day.
    • The food - sorry, but you know. Pizza. Bagels. Ice Cream. BRUNCH. It's the home of Shake Shack. Of course I'm gonna love it.
    • The shows - you can see such a range of shows in New York. Yeah there's Broadway, but also tons of independent theatres and productions everywhere.

    I was only there for 4 or 5 days, last time I visited, there's still SO much I want to do and see.


    My New York Goals:


    • Have lunch at the Central Park Boathouse
    • Catch a train into Grand Central Station
    • Explore Williamsburg
    • Find the best iced coffee (Starbucks doesn't count)
    • Visit all the museums
    • Get holed up in the Public Library
    • Become a regular at Shake Shack
    • See a Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall
    • Get engaged in Central Park (humour me, ok) (and yes, Paddy already knows this)


    To get your New York fix without actually going there:


    • Watch a film/TV show set in NYC. There's loads. My favourites include You've Got Mail, Friends, When Harry Met Sally, Gossip Girl, The Mindy Project, SATC, & The Devil Wears Prada.
    • Read something. I recommend Christmas at Tiffany's by Kate Swan or I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk.
    • Scour Pinterest for all the feels. (And maybe set one as your laptop screensaver.) (What...I don't do that...)
    • Watch all the YouTube vlogs from New York. I love Kate La Vie & Tanya Burr's versions, personally!
    • Look at flights. It helps. A little.


    In the hope that I will one day return, what are your recommendations for New York?

    M x

    . Friday, 14 July 2017 .

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