In Manhattan, there’s a pretty big trade-off between square footage and location. Knowing this (sort of) when we moved to the city last summer, the hubs and I opted for a tiny shoebox in a smack-in-the-village location.
This decision has its perks. Our location really is unbeatable, in terms of neighborhood goodies and subway access. And fireworks viewing, apparently!
I realize this shot is no photographic genius, but it showcases the pleasant surprise I got tonight. Namely, that we could see the entire Macy’s Hudson River fireworks display from our bedroom window! Yay!
I enjoy fireworks – but I’m also lazy. I definitely was not going to go fight crowds to watch them. But if I can see them (or the top half of them, anyway) from the comfort of my bed? Well then, sure!
Watching the splendor of NYC’s fireworks display over neighboring West Village rooftops, I was almost tempted to feel smug. But then I remembered that I live in a 300 square-foot apartment that usually feels about as big as a Townhouse cracker – shared with a hubby and two cats. Yeah. Not so special. It’s all about the trade-offs in this city.
Today’s EAT: Big plans for a healthy dinner tonight – salmon and broiled veggies. However. 8 PM rolled around and I found myself in no mood to cook.
So pizza delivery it was. But instead of going totally greasy and unhealthy, I talked the hubs in to some Z Pizza, which is at least made with whole wheat crust!
Chicken sausage and caramelized onions on top. Yum.
Today’s DRINK: Okay. First, I just have to say: McSorely’s, WTF?
McSorely’s is a NYC institution and often cited as the cheapest purveyor of beer in the city. I believe their beer – which is a house brew and comes in “light” or “dark” – was $1 for a long time. During my time in NYC it’s always been $1.50. The place is old as dirt and a total dive, but reliably wonderful for uber-cheap beer and a fun time.
The hubs and I were wandering in the East Village today and, just as I was complaining about being parched, realized we were right by McSorely’s. Figuring we could get a couple of beers each and get out for under $10, we stopped in for a mid-afternoon refreshment.
Effing McSorely’s has doubled their prices. A mug of beer is now $3, or “two for $5.” WTF! Given that the mugs are a tad on the small side and often half-filled with head, this isn’t actually a good deal anymore. At all. You’re better off going somewhere with $4 or even $5 normal beers. Ugh.
McSorely’s, you better check youself before you wreck yourself. Because, really. No one is going there for the atmosphere or the quality of the brew. Hrmph.
Today’s RUN: None! A well earned day off. Whew. 🙂
Today’s QUESTION: How many square feet is your living space? I feel like I’ve truly run the gamut here – from owning a 3,000 SF house in Ohio to living in a 300 SF apartment here in Manhattan! Amazing how I’ve actually been relatively happy in both!