47 Reasons To Love Living In New York City

I took these photos to show the best things about the city don’t cost anything at all (you know, except for the waffle.)

1. 1. Because this dog I saw in the West Village is nailing his impersonation of the nearby mailbox.

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2. 2. … and sometimes the neon bleeds onto the sky.

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3. 3. Because every time I take a photo someone is taking a photo of me

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4. 4. Because when traffic is stopped on the Brooklyn Bridge, it turns the city into Tim Burton-era Gotham

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5. 5. And another time Tompkins Square turned into Narnia

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6. 6. …because of this memorable graffiti conversation I saw in SoHo

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7. 7. Because I love Central Park in the fall

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8. 8. ……but I also I love Fort Greene Park in the fall

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9. 9. Because this dog is learning to read

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10. 10. Because when they put the spire on One World Trade Center, it looked like something from a sci-fi film

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11. 11. Because I can get anything I want to eat here at this KFC

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12. 12. Because of designer footprints in the snow

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13. 13. Because of this happy dog I saw on 8th

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14. 14. And this sad dog I saw on 25th

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15. 15. …and this dog who was obsessed with squirrels in Washington Square Park

I love dogs in any city - but it’s really the dogs-per-square-mile that sets New York apart.

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16. 16. Because pigeon footprints look like a fleet of fighter jets

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17. 17. Because Central Park cleared out during a snowstorm

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18. 18. …except for a few of us traipsing about

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19. 19. Because of everything this sign represents

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20. 20. …and all the new words I learn living here

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21. 21. Because of this clever ad

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22. 22. Because of spooky mist-fog that obscured Manhattan

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23. 23. Because of New York’s participation in the “Little Free Library” program

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24. 24. Because this man with a bagel-colored coat walked past the bagel cart

I do recognize a Carhartt jacket when I see one - I’m from Ohio!

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25. 25. Because of the view of Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Promenade

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26. 26. Because this is how the NYPD saves money on multi-car pursuits

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27. 27. Because a few days out of the year, the sun lines up pretty well with the grid in Manhattan

Read more here!

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28. 28. Because the snakes here are not very dangerous

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29. 29. Because the Irish Hunger Memorial looks like a real Irish hillside in the middle of Lower Manhattan

Read more about it here!

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30. 30. Because one time I turned and saw this guy stealthily sneaking up on me

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31. 31. …and another time the unlicensed Cookie Monster was staring at me as I came up out of the subway

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32. 32. Because of the free car washes

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33. 33. Because after Hurricane Sandy I lost power and walked north toward the light

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34. 34. Because you can buy fruit (and other groceries) without ever leaving the sidewalk

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35. 35. Because Midtown looks so big from Chelsea

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36. 36. …and so small from Williamsburg

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37. 37. Because there are a dozen breakfast-all-day spots within walking distance

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38. 38. Because some buildings change their skin seasonally, like this one in SoHo

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39. 39. …and occasionally you catch a glimpse of greatness through the scaffolding

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40. 40. Because once a year I get to see this

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42. 42. Because of this tattoo parlor in SoHo

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43. 43. …and Tristan Eaton’s “Audrey of Mulberry”

Check out Tristan Eaton’s work.

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44. 44. Because of this phenomenal work in Brooklyn

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45. 45. …and this work under the Williamsburg Bridge

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46. 46. Because at some point, I stopped fighting it and just accepted that there are legs in the shrubbery

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47. 47. And because it’s the most competitive city in the world…

I love New York.

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