As much as I am in love with New York City, there are a few things I won’t miss when I move to Berlin in July.

1. Rats

When I first moved to the city I lived on the Lower East Side on the first floor of a walk up building. We had rats enter our apartment on multiple occasions. As soon as dusk hit rats would literally own the street that I lived on. I now live in a nicer area… on the third floor.

2. The smell

New York streets smells like garbage. The hotter it gets, the more it smells. The subways are worse. Having seen a homeless woman squat down and piss in front of everyone in the 6th Avenue tunnel, I know why.

3. Arguments

Screaming matches and physical fights are frequent and seem to come out of nowhere. When I lived on the lower east side I witnessed a six person and one dog physical fight, in which one of the participants was banging another persons head against a metal pole.

4. Laundry

Having a washer and dryer in your building is a luxury… who knew?

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Waiting…

5. Spending 3/4 of my wages on rent. 

It’s been said that living in NYC is just like Gossip Girl, except that everyone is poor and hates their jobs. Luckily I like my job.

6. Unintentionally grinding people on my way to work. 

I find the subway pretty efficient & fast, but at some point you just wish you could get in a car and be in a large metal bubble that keeps you away from other people… which brings me to my next point.

7. People, people, people

I don’t care where you are in the City … someone else is always there. I often visit Central Park to “get away from it all” with all the other New Yorkers who are getting away from it all too.

8. Winter

While I was in the City we had the coldest day in 120 years… enough said.

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9. AC 

Fake air is just weird to me. New Yorkers are obsessed with it. The minute winter is over – heating is replaced with air conditioning. I get that summers are unbearable and at some point AC is a necessity rather than a luxury, but until then why not open a window?

10. I don’t have a 10th 

New York is just too damn amazing to have more than 9 things I don’t like about it.

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