Living abroad : Manhattan, NYC

I was lucky enough to study at New York University for a semester in early 2013 and that’s when I started writing a blog. I wanted to let my family know what I was up to, illustrating with pictures. Since it was supposed to be read by my mother and grand-mother, I wrote it in French only. Living in New York was a life changing experience, NYC is to this day my favorite city in the world. Here are a few things I love about life in Manhattan.

The culture

Living in Manhattan really feels like being at the center at everything. Where else can you see Scarlett Johansson or Tom Hanks in plays, respectively A cat on a hot tin roof and Lucky Guy ?

You cannot run out of things to experience in New York. Although the museum options are plenty, I will focus here on the theater options as I am an enthusiast.

If the show you have in mind is particular popular, either a classic like The Lion King or a Tony Award sensation such as Dear Evan Hansen or Hamilton, do book weeks in advance if you want to avoid having to pay for the most expensive seats in the house.
If you just want the Broadway experience, the TKS booth on Time Square will help you with discounted tickets for the same day.

I personally recommend The Book of Mormons, Newsies, The Lion King or Wicked.

You can also explore off-Broadway, off-off Broadway or underground Comedy Clubs such as The Gotham Comedy Club.

And if that is not enough, New York City is where Saturday Night Live and Last Week Tonight are shot.

The New York food

Rents in New York are incredibly high. Rents in Mahanttan are insane.
However, once you manage to rent a flat, a room or a sofa, life in New York can be affordable. Food options are infinite and can fit any budget.

You can roam Chinatown, Korea Town, Little Italy or the West Village to find some very affordable restaurants, check reviews to avoid bad surprises. I personally recommend Hong Kong Supermarket in Chinatown for fresh sushis and Banh Mi Saigon for Ban Mi Vietnamese baguette.

For smaller budgets, you can always do for street food and the famous New York pizza sold by the slice.

And if you want to be fancier, options are endless, from Michelin star restaurants to hypstery bakeries and breathtaking rooftops.

There is one New York for everyone !

The relentlessness

It’s not a myth, New York never sleeps. I am talking about being able to go grocery shopping on Sundays.  More on the line of having frozen yogurt at 3am in the streets of the East Village. When a Manhattan shops advertise 24/7, they mean it.
If you are hungry, then it must be meal time, no questions asked.

The iconic lanmarks

You could literally spend a day in NYC going from one monument to another without needing to get into any of them. Just get a map or you favorite navigation app, a metro card, your camera if you are an Instagram addict and soak in the peninsula from South to North : Statue of Liberty, Charging Bull, Wall Street, Ground Zero, the Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Square Park, the F.R.I.E.N.D.S building in Greenwhich Village, Flatiron Building, the High Line, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue, Columbus Circle, Central Park…

View from my Room


Timeless Time Square



Brooklyn Bridge