“Should we move to New York?” What started as a casual thought in the context of the new hybrid workplace initiatives launched by Delta Partners and a growing itch to travel kickstarted a chain of tentative discussions and administrative applications.
Fast forward to January 2022, we found ourselves standing in Times Square – pinching ourselves as we took in the sights of neon lights, blasting music and frenzied crowds. We actually made it here!
(Image: Our first day in New York, standing in Times Square with our mask on before the mandate was lifted)
It was refreshing to be back in the office after two years of working remotely, made better by the swanky new office that we had just moved into – never-ending snack supplies in the pantry, curved desktop monitors and even an adjustable standing desk!
With a different office, we also got direct opportunities to work with so many individuals, immersing ourselves in this melting pot of cultures that is so true to New York City. We always felt welcomed – daily coffee runs with the office, open invitations to hang out on weekends, and even fist bumps from the partner himself 😉
(Image: Our go-to coffee near the office – Bluestone Lane!)
Of course, we didn’t forget to enjoy ourselves! Adventures were aplenty in a city that never sleeps. Weekends flew by as we traversed the different boroughs of New York, absorbing all the sights and sounds the city had to offer. We felt the adrenaline in the Yankees stadium during opening weekend (Yankees vs Red Sox!), the electricity of House of Yes in Brooklyn and West Village in the wee hours of a Saturday; Watched the talented performers of Broadway in awe – and even caught the Jimmy Fallon show in person! From boozy brunches in East Village to road trips to nearby states, there was always too much to do, and so little time.
(Image: Soaking in the adrenaline as we watched the baseball game at the Yankee Stadium)
How better than to explore the city than through their culinary scene? New York is known to be one of the foremost food capitals of the world, and it didn’t disappoint. As self-professed foodies, we were essentially in heaven!
Our weekends were packed with food adventures; From seeking the perfect pizza slice (Scarrs is our favorite), and trying every possible American fast food outlet (chick fil-a is the clear winner), to visiting classic institutions like Katz Delicatessen in LES and Peter Lugers in Brooklyn, and sampling the tasting menus of the countless renowned Michelins and Omakases across the city – there was never a dull (nor empty) moment for our stomachs!
(Image: Our favorite sushi chef with the most delicious aged tuna)
Somewhere between the work-days (and evenings) spent in the New York office, the stay-in wine and pasta evenings and 5-mile runs (or walks!) through Central Park to our favorite cookie store, New York became a home away from home.
There will always be a familiar comfort underpinned by a sense of awe as we remember the view of sunset across Manhattan and the fluorescent lights of Broadway, a truly fitting backdrop to what has been a most enriching 6 months of our lives.
(Image: Standing at the summit of Shenandoah National Park after a 7-hour hike)