December 22, 2011

The Best of NYC

Category: Canada,New York City,Personal — Biella @ 3:37 pm


Now that the semester is done and now that I have compiled my crazy paperwork for Canada (wow, it is a lot), I will be heading in six days to the wonderful city of Montreal to settle down, at least for a few years.

I am ready to leave but it is not an easy move, as I like NYC and my job. I came to New York City for the first time at the age of 19 after spending a year on a ship and I rather did not like the city for those 5 years, although loved my college years and all the time I spent chasing a Frisbee while running on grassy fields all over the east coast. When I left in 1998, I said, ‘never again.” But the future is impossible to predict so of course I came back when I got a job, my only job, at NYU MCC and headed quite happily here (incidentally from Canada).

And NYC was much much much better the second time around, most likely as I had a salary, and here is what I <3 and loved about the city.

1. Not having a car (which will still be the case in Montreal)
2. The bike path on the Hudson, especially the gardens and the Irish famine memoriall
3. The farmer’s markets (won’t miss the prices though)
4. High walkability factor (and though I did not love my hood, I loved being 1.5 blocks from my office)
5. The music jam circles in Washington Square Park (I was always left wondering if they were spontaneously generated or long standing groups // prolly both) and the occasional but mighty impressive hawks in the park.
6. Coney Island especially under certain special conditions when you can rly enjoy the lights radiating out of the amusement park
7. Leaving the city for some nature time
8. 24 hour trains (despite not loving them cuz the noise robbed some life from me every time I took them)
9. Grand Central Station’s ceiling
10. The gluten free options (this is going to be the hardest to give up as Montreal sort of sucks in comparison)
11. Being able to take your small dog on the train ;-) which is only a recent pleasure
12. My department
13. East Asian Starr library at Columbia University (still my favorite library in the world) and totally loathed NYU’s Bobst, ugly on the outside, ugly on the inside
14. NYC sunrises which I have like only seen 3 times (sadly) but they have been stunning every time
15. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge
16. HOPE
17. The Highline
18. The Strand
19. My favorite thing = Massive Snow Storms in the City (good thing I am moving to Canada, eh?)


  1. I’m going to miss bumping into you at VBar =(

    have a lovely time in Montreal… a city I hope to spend some time in some day.


    Comment by sava — December 22, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

  2. We will really miss you at ST! Congrats on the new gig though! Montreal can be great. Enjoy!

    Comment by Micki — December 22, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  3. good list… but … no music ? ? oh, wait. jam circles. OK then.

    here’s wishing you a fab start in Montreal – snow storms and all !!!

    Comment by Alex Nano — December 22, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  4. There’ll surely be several thing you’ll love, in Montreal. Especially if you get the occasion to explore the city. Drums on the mountain, Marché Jean-Talon, Québécois culture…

    Comment by Alexandre — December 23, 2011 @ 6:36 am

  5. I hope everything goes well with your moving. I’m happy to read that your loved things are very similar to ours here in Montreal :)

    Comment by tiago — December 23, 2011 @ 9:45 am

  6. Hey! I’ve been reading your blog posts irregularly, and I just moved to Mtl myself two weeks ago! I would love to hang out and share experiences.

    Comment by Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso — December 23, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

  7. 20. Biella and Micah


    Comment by Karl Fogel — December 26, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

  8. I’ve finally taken some time to look at random snippets of your published works on Anonymous and I do not think they are entirely objective. In particular I think some of the darker motivations of the group were glossed over in favor of a more palatable thesis (in noticeable contrast to Julian Dibbell’s)

    This is not a light charge and I’m fully aware of your omni-presence on IRC in the past few years.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 7, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

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