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Make Your Own Choice
I was recently called out on holding a supposedly strongly stance against marriage. Since it happened twice in one month, I feel like something I said was actually lost in translation.  I neve...

What’s the deal with meditation?
I don’t know what it’s like everywhere else, but here in the US, meditation has become very popular, to the point where companies hire teachers to give...

Give What You Get
A week ago, I got a text message from a guy I went on a date with… a year before. I didn’t expect to hear from him again (which is why I deleted his number), so I was pretty surprised.&...

How I Decided To Give Up This Beauty Race
It happens that I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Upper East Side recently, and must say one thing – there are a lot of fake faces out there. And it really annoys ...

Where Are You From?...Who Cares?
I can’t believe I have to write about this again, but it just bothers me so much, so here we go. Racism is alive and homophobia is alive, and if you think differently, you’re delusional&...

Step 61 - Find Your Lifestyle
As I said in one of my recent posts – the world has changed and the way we live has changed. I honestly think it’s time to reevaluate some ideas and solutions about the life we want to l...

Do you even want to get married?
I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage recently (not about my own), because suddenly I spend a lot of time talking to married guys (just as friends). And I started to come...

What Does It Mean To Be Successful? My Five Years In NYC
It’s been five years since I decided to live in NY. These were five difficult years, and yet ones filled many amazing moments and great people I’ve met along the way. But five years i...

Step 60 - What Does It Really Mean To Leave Your Comfort Zone?
“Leaving the comfort zone” became a very common phrase these past few years. It is associated with the idea of breaking free from the life you’ve had so far – with sta...

Choose Your Own Relationship
I’m single so – naturally – I do think about guys and relationships. I’ve been thinking a lot of what type of a guy would actually make me want to be in a relationship. An...

Step 59 - How Many (Facebook) Friends Do You Need?
  I remember when Facebook first came into our lives, we were all kind of proud of the fact that our friend count was growing. The more there is social media in our lives, th...

Step 58 - Are You Able To Let Your Old Self Go?
I’m lucky enough to have a few friends whom I can share my fears, tears and happy moments with. These are friends with whom I can go through any emotional rollercoaster. It’s very...

Brooklyn vs. Manhattan

added: 2017-09-18 , category: Living in NY

It’s funny how Manhattan and Brooklyn are different, even though they are only a river away. They are actually just one subway stop away (which is a few minutes’ distance). A lot of people living in Brooklyn work in Manhattan (including myself) and there are some people living in Manhattan who work in Brooklyn (it doesn’t happen that often, though – you live in Manhattan precisely in order not to go to Brooklyn).

One Sunday, we went with my friends to a party called Mister Sunday, which takes place in Brooklyn (10 stops away from Manahttan). It’s starts at 3pm finishes at 9pm and it’s outdoors (it feels like a garden party; you can find more details on mistersaturdaynight.com). It was a lot of fun; I can’t believe I didn’t hear about it before. When I was getting ready, I started thinking what to wear and it suddenly hit me – I can wear whatever I want to! And that’s the best definition of the difference between Brooklyn and Manhattan. I was so happy to just to put my jeans on, a crop top and a small bag with my headphones attached to it. All I needed to finish up was some red lipstick and my sunglasses. Yes, I could wear the same outfit going out in Manhattan, but I would feel underdressed and too casual, for sure. When you go out in Manhattan, you just have to put in more effort. Well, you don’t have to, but you should, if you don’t want to feel like a loser. Places are a bit fancier, people usually look better and they pay more attention to their (and to yours) looks – they are also showing off more. In Brooklyn, you just don’t put too much pressure on yourself, because people don’t judge you. No one cares what you’re wearing, you just need to have some fun.

Some guys came in with dogs, some came in with children. I could easily come after beach, with some sand still in my hair and I would be fine. You’re coming to Brooklyn to relax and enjoy yourself, whereas in Manhattan you get this “big city” vibe (even though, as I said – it’s still the same city). I can be laid back in Brooklyn, but as soon as I get off in Manhattan, my posture changes, my back straightens up and my senses go up. I just somehow feel I need to put myself more “out there”, I can’t just nestle within me as I can do in other neighborhoods. Btw, we call Manhattan “the city” and this was what “Sex and the city” title was referring to.

I live in Brooklyn now, but not in the part of Brooklyn that has a cool vibe to it. I live in a Russian neighborhood that doesn’t have much of the coolness – and it’s pretty white and Eastern European-looking. And you definitely don’t have to put in any effort when going out on a street. In fact, you need none: you can walk around in your pajamas (I’m not kidding). Even though I love my beach (it was the reason why I started living there in the first place) and this familiar Brighton feeling, I’m ready to live in Manhattan now. I know I would miss Brooklyn’s chilled-out vibe, but I’m ready for more. And if I really miss the Brooklyn coolness, I can just jump on a train and cross the bridge. Because sometimes all it takes to change something is just a few minutes’ ride in a chosen direction. 



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