This summer, I was lucky enough to find good housing within my budget for my internship in NYC and am staying with friends in the Upper East Side. While it's far from the Park Avenue apartment of the "Park Avenue Pollyanna" Charlotte York in SATC, it still feels like a pinch me moment when I pass through Park Avenue every day. Like millions of women across America, I too have always identified most as the "Charlotte" in my group of girlfriends (and have taken countless Buzz Feed quizzes to prove it).
I'll admit I do enjoy walking past the luxe and pristine exteriors of the UES that yes, are chock full of cookie cutter awnings, uniformed doormen, and perfectly trimmed bushes, but I have begun to truly appreciate the quieter, slower-paced vibe in this part of the city. After a busy day downtown, it's nice to come back to quieter city streets and uncrowded sidewalks. While it doesn't have the mass amount of trendy bars and restaurants or quirky little boutiques that can be found in the west side or downtown, I'm slowly but surely finding the hidden gems around my neighborhood (more to come soon).