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?



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.


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.