Friday, October 26, 2012


A good friend of mine just asked me whatever happened to my blog.  I'll be honest, I completely forgot about it until he asked.  I also wasn't really sure if anyone read it.  I signed into blogspot and saw that my last post was the end of April.  SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN. 

I'll start with the fact that I have now been in NYC For apx. 9 months.  I feel like time has gone by so fast.  I really can't believe it has been 9 months.  At the same time, I feel like I've been here longer than that.  I have 100% adjusted to the city and lifestyle. 

For those of you that know me pretty well, you probably know that I'm a clique kind of girl.  I get in a group and get really comfortable with said group.  I've found a group of guys and girls in NYC that I really enjoy spending time with and feel like I connect with.  This is very important to me since I function best/prefer group friendships.

This weekend we're celebrating Halloween.  Like most things, Halloween is BIGGER in NYC.  My celebration started last night with a ghost tour of Greenwich Village with my friend, Erica.  I bought a ghost tour voucher on Living Social and thought the best time to use it would be right around Halloween.  There are three different neighborhoods they offer tours of (Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, and Hells Kitchen).

Initially I wanted to do the Hells Kitchen tour the most, but the times of the tour didn't fit with my schedule.  I ended up choosing the Greenwich Village tour and am so glad I did.  First of all, Greenwich Village is a gorgeous area of the city that I don't frequent.  There are old and beautiful brownstones throughout the area. 

We met at Washington Square Park, which is absolutely gorgeous and surrounded by beautiful homes.  Apparently it used to be used as an Indian burial ground.  After the Dutch settled here, it became a place for shallow graves for yellow fever victims. 

From the park, we walked throughout the area for about 2 hours and saw a home Mark Twain used to live in, where Sid Vicious died, the bar where gay people were attacked and beaten by police, and any many more spots.

I really enjoyed the tour and thought it was a great and different activity.  Not only, was it a way to lead into the Halloween weekend, but it was a chance to be a tourist.  I think living in this city and not experiencing the unique things it has to offer as well as learn about its history is a waste.  I've done the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Staten Island Ferry, etc. several times.  They're all great, and I recommend experiencing them.  I'm just ready to start seeing and doing more of the niche tourist activities.

This brings us back to my earlier point of the ghost tour starting off Halloween weekend.  Tonight and tomorrow night my friends and I are going to a few parties.  Sunday I am doing a Halloween themed scavenger hunt throughout the city.  Weather permitting on Wednesday, we're going to go to Halloween parade in the Village.  This is supposed to be the biggest Halloween celebration in the world.

Everything really is bigger, longer, better, etc. in NYC.