I made an interesting move in May: I relocated from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn to the neighborhood of Cobble Hill in the same borough. The two areas have almost nothing in common.
Both neighborhoods are dangerous, albeit in different ways. In Bed-Stuy, you have to be aware of your surroundings. I was never mugged or bothered (except for one instance when a kid lacked the confidence to demand my smartphone in a big-boy voice; if you can’t sound like a man when you’re trying to rob me, I’m not even going to acknowledge you), but those blocks don’t strike one as the safest of areas.
Smith and Court Streets in Cobble Hill are dangerous because I could easily go broke and find myself out on the curb without a dime to my name. There is SO much stuff to do around here! The apartment I’m now sharing with my college friend Umair overlooks a burger joint, a classy sit-down restaurant, an artisan cheese shop, a Dominican diner, and we sit above a 24-hour deli and a swanky Thai spot. And this is just what’s outside my window!
In short, I’m going to need to stick to a budget. My hobby (or weakness, depending on how you see it) is trying out new places. It was inaccurately pointed out earlier this week that my definition of “places” generally refers to bars.
I like going to and seeing new places and establishments, in general. I just happen to think that the way a person or culture manifests itself through food and drink says a lot about them. Ergo, I spend lots of time trying new foods and relaxing in new pubs. I also enjoy seeing other places like theaters, museums, or new parts of the city, but food and drink are easier (and usually cheaper) to do.
So… my tips on how to stay alive in the midst of choice-overload:
- Pay your bills early
- Decide on specific nights to try new sit-down restaurants
- Have a dollar limit when pub-hopping
- Seek out the cheap alternatives (they’re usually better, anyway)
- Take time to stop and appreciate where you are
This is my game plan. I’ll keep you posted as to its success.