Why did I move? I'm getting old.
I lived with three other guys for most of time in New York City, and during the last year, it was down to two other guys. I lived in Kips Bay on 27th and Second and loved every minute of it.
For one thing, my apartment spoiled me. From the appliances to the floors, we were the first to use everything in that apartment. Huge windows would let us soak in fresh sunlight. Our balcony played a winning role in our small get-togethers.
For another thing, the neighborhood was conveniently central. A 20-minute walk would take me to Madison Square Park or to the tip of the East Village. And everything is just bigger in Kips Bay and Murray Hill. If I wanted to go watch a game, avoid huge crowds or just get a drink, I’d walk over one block to Arctica on 27th and Third.
I could do the same at Tonic East, which I’ll admit gets a little more crowded but the bar is still spacious. In a city where everything is shrunk down, it’s nice to go to a bar without having to stand three-deep in line every time you order a drink. Having a conversation with your friends shouldn’t be a luxury. Unfortunately, it is.