Summer’s over?! Alright, I guess I had to head back to Iowa at some point…
If you’re ever considering a move to the city, even just to try it out, DO IT. It may come as a surprise but I actually hated NYC in the beginning. I thought it was mayhem, like most people. But I also never strayed too far from Times Square. Biggest mistake. I don’t know how this city does it, but it’s won me over. Not just me, but anybody and everybody who lives here.
Somehow, I got lucky enough to intern at one of the best hospitality design firms, Rockwell Group, as an architecture intern two summers in a row. I couldn’t be more grateful and so happy I can add NYC to the list of places I call home.
This summer and last summer were a little different. Last summer, I set out to do anything and everything the city had to offer. I touristed hard core. My favorite days were when I set out with no agenda and stumbled upon the cutest streets and neighborhoods. Or rented a citibike for the day and biked along the Hudson river. I explored.
This summer, I explored more. But my options opened up a little bit more…
I brunched at rooftops. I happy hour-ed. I listened to live music. If you haven’t figured it out already, I was 21 this summer. The bank account was not a fan..
Everyday is a new adventure here. Well, time permitting. When you sign up for New York, you sign up for the rough hours too. Or maybe that’s an architecture thing. There were weeks where leaving at 9 was the norm and all I wanted was my bed. But the days I got off early, I never went straight back home. I felt guilty if I did!
I have so many wonderful memories over these last 2 summers and I can’t describe nor have a photo for every one of them, but I can do my best to try and describe my overall experience here.
Let’s begin where it all started. My summer family, Rockwell Group.
Working in any industry in the Big Apple is DEMANDING. Architecture was no different. Hours are tough and pretty sure I’m slowly going blind. Thankfully, I had the sweetest and most welcoming team that was ever ready to help me transition from college to the real world.
Plus, dogs at work made it easier! yes, dogs. Seriously impressed with the office productivity considering the amount of cuddle – seeking dogs parading their fluff around the office!
During the summer, we happy hour-d. Our office was big on happy hours. The rooftops of NY are possibly the best thing about this city! You just can’t have a better view to be sippin’ pina coladas to!
Plus, we needed inspiration for the rooftops we were designing, right? It was all in the name of work, ok! Did I mention I got to design rooftops this summer? My new fav summer rooftop brunch will be ready Summer 2018 and my new fav rooftop ice rink will be ready Winter 2018!
Finding my neighborhood coffee shop was the day I felt like a true East Village resident! Amidst the crazy day to day life of living in New York, finding a place you could camp out for hours with a cup of coffee and your laptop made all the difference.
My location spoiled me.
EHS student housing makes it great for people who don’t know a soul in the city aka people like me. They have summer intern housing locations all over the city and its essentially like an on campus apartment. PLUS, heavily discounted tickets to baseball games and broadway shows (ALADDIN, HELLO?!).
Don’t miss out on the $15 tickets to major league baseball game.
Perks of living in NYC:
That’s when the dollar pizza and the halal cart guys become your BFF’s. #cheapfood
NY parks are pretty awesome.
I just love the feeling of sitting in massive patches of grass while also being encircled by some of the tallest skyscrapers.
When I wasn’t working late at the office, I made it a point to just never go straight home. Even if it meant just sitting in the park for a couple minutes, getting lost in the busyness that surrounds. There’s an inherent energy in this city that just compels you to stay out.
And if you thought getting around NY is intimidating, don’t worry there’s plenty of options!
But then there’s the buildings! oh, the buildings. & the views that come with it!
After living in Europe, I wasn’t sure if there was an American city that could compare. Once you’ve traveled, lived in other countries, and caught that travel bug, finding a city where you could genuinely say “I think I’d be alright here for a couple years” is tough.
But I think I might have found that city. Kudos, NYC, for giving European living a run of its money. Hopefully, I’ll be back next year, full – time!
And, if you’re an architecture student, wondering what I worked on this summer or curious about internships in the city, feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bye, for now! x