My roommate and me at the Met

My summer in the city continued

July 21, 2009
By Brittany Schuessler

Aside from work, I'm just enjoying all the city has to offer: late night sirens, the soothing hum and vibrations of the MTA subways and the sea of men in business suits in the morning outside Starbucks on 49th and Broadway (ELLE is at 50th and Broadway).

I've started frequenting my favorite places in the city: Central Park is perfect for runs to clear my mind and catch some sun; the Hudson River piers bring a breath of fresh air; delicious restaurants that offer fairly priced drinks after a long week of work; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met has become a favorite spot of mine.

I must also mention the fourth of July here was incredible. Google "Macy's fireworks 2009," and click on the first thing that pops up. There you can read about the "40,000 shells exploding at a rate of more than 1,500 shells per minute," over the Hudson River for 30 minutes. I watched the display on a blocked off section by the river where I was so close that each explosion felt like a deep thump on my chest. The bright lights, loud crackles and subtle reverberations gave me chills that can only be described as incredible.

I have about four and a half weeks left here in New York City so I'm trying to savor it like an overpriced, yet delicious and succulent bite of shrimp risotto in Little Italy. It's going to be hard to leave this place.