As I type this, I’m watching the world go by outside my window on 2nd Avenue. There’s a handful of cheery couples on the benches outside and I watch a steady flow of busy feet scurry from one block to the next. The gelato shop three blocks away dons a small line while excited teenagers photograph their quickly melting treats.
Is New York City Dead?
What an important question. The answer? I don’t know, but I want to find out for myself.
My husband and I moved to New York City on April 3rd to get a better feel for New York City post pandemic. I plan to update this blog on a weekly basis with my thoughts and observations on living in New York City post COVID.
Apartments are much easier to come by and prices have dropped substantially. We’re currently in a cozy 500 square foot apartment in the Upper East Side and pay $2,000 per month.
This same apartment would have gone for $2,400 pre-COVID. A savings of $4,800 per year.
We start most of our days at a bagel shop en route to Central Park where we people-watch until it’s time to return to the apartment for work.
The early morning hours are calm and the streets are not crowded, we seldom wait in line for bagels or coffee.
During the lunch hour, we take another walk and explore as much as we can to get a feel for the city post-COVID. Today we went to Whole Foods for groceries and the place was quite busy!
We waited in line for 15-20 minutes to check out. Afterward, we grabbed sandwiches for lunch and found ourselves fifth in line — not bad!
After work, we walked over for Thai food and were wait listed for 30 minutes. On our way home, I stopped for my favorite chocolate chip cookie (Levain or bust!) and didn’t need to wait in line.
But that can be attributed to the later hour, who knows?
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So, what’s the final verdict?
New York City doesn‘t feel dead. It’s calmer, to be sure, but so much more enjoyable! The energy is still euphoric and inspiring.
Pardon the poor analogy, but NYC post pandemic merely feels like a person waking up from a head cold (or hangover, according to my husband ????).
The city is sleepier but equally eager to get back on its feet. The appetite is coming back and things are returning to normal. In many ways, it feels like a privilege to be able to experience New York City during this delicate time.
I mean, think about it. Seeing New York City post pandemic is a once in a lifetime experience!
Folks that say the city is dead are mistaken. It was dead in the midst of COVID, but that is not the case anymore. Personally, I was nervous about NYC being dead myself but was pleasantly surprised.
Waking up in this city feels like a privilege every morning. I’m eager to hit the streets in search of something new!
Sleepy New York City is magic, and in many ways more so that its over-saturated previous self.
As I mentioned earlier, I plan to post updates during our time in New York City every Tuesday and Thursday, stay tuned!
Until next time!