Lately I have found myself missing New York. I never ever thought I would feel this way because when I left the chaos of the big city, I couldn’t escape the state fast enough. I was done, it was time to experience life at a different angle. But now I think I miss life as I knew it in New York. Don’t get me wrong, It’s not the feeling of wanting to permanently move back to New York. The chances of me ever living in the city again are slim, yet the overall atmosphere of city life cannot be matched by living anywhere else.
I can’t figure out what it is exactly that I am yearning for at this point in time that is making me miss the city. Maybe its the summer NY air. A New York summer is always filled with good times. Block parties, loud music, and excessive drinking during all hours of the night, what an experience! The humidity, the extremely hot air, overcrowded subway stations, mounds of tourist, and walking for blocks while window shopping and enjoying the scenes of a good New York summer are consistently invading my mind. From open fire hydrants that kids play in, to waking up in the morning with a heat wave index of 100 degrees at sunrise, there is something that I am missing while I am Hawaii, and I know I just can’t get it here.
Now please don’t get me wrong, I love Hawaii, and I love the fact that a Hawaii summer is a year long event. While the rest of the country is enduing a dramatic heat wave, In Hawaii there are always cool breezes and low humidity. It feels like a dream state with the most perfect weather.
There is nothing like waking up to the sun and warmth every day. Its great! I have become the queen of tank tops and flip flops (slippas in Hawaii). I know some people like the four seasons, so for you I would say Hawaii is not the place to live. But since I am an all time hater of winter, it has become a perfect destination. Unfortunately for me I do not plan on living in Hawaii forever, and I must return to the the mainland. The mainland is reality. And I need to return to my reality.
Once I return to the Mainland, I feel I will yearn for my life in Hawaii, and miss that too! The reasons why I love it so much cannot be compared to life on the mainland. I wish I could mesh my two worlds of Hawaii and New York. But alas, they are a world apart, with the entire continental United States in the middle, and an airplane ride that takes a whole day to reach either destination.
So with much thought here is what I find myself missing about New York City:
- Free summer concerts in the park: I am an avid lover of Central Park Summer Stage, no matter who is performing, the experience is amazing and truly a NY must see! Prospect Park in Brooklyn has a summer full of Celebrate Brooklyn concerts, Flushing Meadows Park in Queens will have an occassional weekend celebration, and many of the other parks in Manhattan will truly have a great weekend event that will bring pleasure and delight for any age.
- South Street Seaport: I just love the area, enough said!
- Washington Square Park/Greenwhich Village: While attending NYU as a broke graduate student, I discovered the joys of the Village. I have walked this area many a time for hours just for my own entertainment. It is truly an NY gem. In the Village you never have to spend a lot of money, and you can have a great day! With street fairs, amazing food, and cool people you will defiantly be entertained.
- Harlem: It has everything including Sylvia’s!
- The hole in the wall fish place outside the west 145 st subway station. I would kill for some greasy fried fish, shrimp, and plantains all for 7 bucks!
- West Indian food: Not that I eat it that much, but for some reason I have been craving oxtails with rice and peas.
- Astoria: The cutest outside restaurants and Hooka bars! Summertime is a great time to just walk by a restaurant or stay for dinner while sitting outside to eat.
- Rockefeller Center: Many a days I would walk over to Rockefeller Plaza, look down at the restaurant and think about life. They also have free outdoor movies some nights.
- A DELI: There are no corner deli’s with Boars head meat in Hawaii. Can you believe it? No corner deli’s at all! I want a grilled honey turkey sandwich!
- Domincian Hairdressers: I really miss a getting my hair done for 40 bucks or less oh so nice!
- The Subway: As much as I hate it, I miss it too. I have many memories of excitement and sadness that I have went through all on a subway ride.
- Broadway: I love love love a good show!
- Baseball games: Although I hate going to the games, its nice to have an option to see the Yankees or Mets play!
- Lectures/Speakers: Hey I do have an intellectual mind! So I do miss hearing talks on a variety of topics and meeting professional scholars who speak on their area of expertise. With the many colleges in NY, there is always an event to attend.
- Finally: PIZZA: Once I realized the Bronx had the best Pizza ever, I became a addict for life!
Then I realized once I leave the island I will miss so much about Hawaii,
What I will miss about my Hawaiian Paradise:
- The beaches, oh such a beautiful site
- Morning workouts on the beach, running next to the ocean waves is the best way to start off any day
- The outdoor spin class in Waikiki: Imagine spinning while overlooking the surfers in the ocean along with the amazing evening sunset! Even though an outdoor spin class is hot, hot, hot, the view is well worth it.
- The mountains, hiking is a surreal experience. Strenuous activity, but the reward of the views makes it worth every bit of the pain. Try it, it will take you away from the everyday problems of the real world.
- The Weather!! Yeah its just beautiful everyday, what else can you ask for
- Shrimp at the North Shore, just delicious!
- Giant waves at the North Shore, Oh do I wish I could surf
- The entire North Shore, though it seems like a long drive from Honolulu, it is wonderful and Haleiwa is a great quiet little old town.
- Surfers, gotta love them!
- The Shaka! :Where else can one hand gesture stop people from getting upset, save you from getting your ass beat, and always say “hey everything is cool bruh”!
- The macaroni salad, and white rice that comes with every meal! Trust me you get used to it after a while.
- Poke, Ummmm just kidding, I still haven’t got used to the idea of eating raw fish! 🙂
- All the other food, there is always just so much of it!
- Waterfalls, though I always have the fear of getting leptospirosis from swimming in them, I just have to because a Hawaiian waterfall is 100 times better than a NYC public pool!
- Sea turtles, Whales, Dolphins, and Sharks! You just have to develop a strong love for the water creatures
- My job, truly awesome, from the program director, to my supervisor, to my coworkers, I could not ever dream about working with such a great group of people.
- Finally I will miss the spirit of Aloha!!! No where else have I experienced such kindness, happy spirits, and a genoristy to help others. Thank you Hawaii for showing me that people can have a sense of genuine kindness and giving!