I moved from a town of 8,000 people to New York City. Here are 6 things I miss about small-town life — and 4 things I don’t miss

I moved from a town of 8,000 people to New York City. Here are 6 things I miss about small-town life — and 4 things I don’t miss

I don’t miss the lack of options for food and entertainment.

A poppyseed bagel with cream cheese from Katz’s Delicatessen.

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A lot of restaurants in New York may be expensive, but there are so many more to choose from, including cheaper options. In New York City, we truly are spoiled for choice. There’s so much to see, do, and eat, it can be overwhelming at times. Despite most restaurants being open for outdoor dining and takeout-only, having so many options makes eating well during the pandemic that much easier.

When I lived in a small town, I’d go to the same restaurants over and over again — and none of them were half as good as the places I’ve been to here in New York. Not to mention, when I quarantined in Connecticut at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, cooking was practically the only option as most of the local restaurants were completely shut down.

Even though most of New York’s entertainment options were initially limited as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there were still ways to get out and have fun — while wearing a mask, of course. Outdoor comedy shows, impromptu music performances in the parks, and more are fun things to do that are less common out in the country.

Now, New York is practically completely open, while there’s still not much to do at home in Connecticut.

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