First Impressions: Living in NYC

Off Duty / On Style

To everyone who said that I would not like living in New York long term, I’m guessing you were sadly mistaken. I’m totally hooked and absolutely love it here so far. Something about it just fits like coming home rather than being somewhere new. After one week I don’t really find myself homesick for Wisconsin at all. Here are a few of the awesome things that I have done so far to keep myself occupied.

  1. Walked the Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn Pier AND across the Brooklyn Bridge. I also walked through areas like Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, which I really liked. These areas are all beautiful for photo opportunities and for just seeing at least once. They’re all pretty calm areas as well, which is refreshing.

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    On the promenade

  2. The Chelsea Market is absolute perfection! Besides the famous dreamy lit clock, the Chelsea Market is also full of little shops and food at fairly reasonable prices. The whole atmosphere inside is very cool, I will definitely be returning.

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    Chelsea Market

  3. The parks, all of them, are great spots to relax and hang out! I  usually walk to one on my lunch break to eat my packed lunch and read a magazine. There are parks on basically every corner, which is awesome. The main ones such as Central Park and Washington Square Park are definitely worth the hype as well, they are so pretty!

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    Washington Square Park

  4. The shopping is better here, but it is also WAY more overwhelming. For example, Forever 21 is my favorite store. Here, there are four Forever 21’s (I’ve already been to them all), and they are each around 2-3 levels. That’s a lot of clothes. Not to mention I obviously went in a lot of other stores as well. For shopping, I recommend SoHo and 5th Avenue, but there are stores basically everywhere, which is both a blessing and a curse as a shopaholic. Contrary to what my friends and family think, I haven’t spent much money just a lot of looking, which is fun too.

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    From inside the SoHo Forever 21

5. One thing I’ve quickly learned is that food is so much better in NY (if you know where to go). I’ve been checking out places that I have heard about through word of mouth and then following up with my own research to decide.  A few places that I have tried so far (and LOVED) are Just Salad and by CHLOE. I debated doing a separate post on by CHLOE because of how amazing my meal there was (maybe when I return I will, see their full menu here). I had the Guac Burger, which had a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, corn salsa, onion, guac, tortilla strips, and chipotle aioli. By far the best veggie burger I’ve had. I was planning on having water to drink, but when I saw everyone holding lemonade cups I knew I had to order one. Their specialty lemonade, which rotates flavors by season, was also the best lemonade I have ever had so that was a good decision. I think what I love most about this city so far is how you can get healthier food that actually tastes really good as opposed to how salads are usually just stuff tossed in a bowl. For example, my Spicy Thai salad from Just Salad had real flavor and the ingredients all balanced perfectly.


by Chloe

Well, I’ve babbled on enough for now. The awesome thing is that this list isn’t everything that I have done. If you want to see more of my city adventures, I started #KelseyintheCity on Instagram and you can follow me @kelseyknepler. I have also been trying to Snapchat more, follow me @itskelsbaby. Otherwise, I’ll see you next time on #offdutyonstyle. Have any suggestions about what I should do with my next nine weeks? Top of the Rock? Brunch spots? Have any requests for future New York themed blogs? Please let me know in the comments!


Kelsey Knepler

Photo Credit: Featured Image by James Dewhurst

2 thoughts on “First Impressions: Living in NYC

  1. MadHattersNYC says:

    Hey Kelsey! It looks like we have the same tastes in a lot of things! We blog about things to do and eat in New York City, and our current post is on Washington Square Park’s Outdoor Art Exhibit, and we’ve also covered by Chloe (love that place!!!). Looking forward to see what else you discover during your stay here! 🙂

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