Are you missing the refreshing feel of Lake Michigan’s breeze when walking along the lakefront? No worries, NYC offers that same relaxing calm that only large bodies of water can bring you. The Hudson River Greenway stretches 11 miles, starting beneath the George Washington Bridge and continuing to Battery Park in Manhattan’s southern-most point. You can bike, jog or walk along the Hudson River and take in the gorgeous view. For the East siders, the East River Bikeway offers a similar, albeit shorter bike and running path along the East River, with a particularly quaint section from Governor’s Island Ferry Terminal to East 63rd street. Although the Hudson and East Rivers are no Lake Michigan, these walking paths can revitalize a homesick Chicagoan in need of some peaceful, scenic beauty.
When Manhattan’s densely-packed skyscrapers and cutthroat, fast-paced energy becomes overwhelming, take a quick subway ride across the river to Brooklyn. In many parts of the borough, a Chicago-like vibe permeates the streets. Brooklyn has a slower pace, more locally-owned establishments and a friendlier vibe. The neighborhood of Williamsburg parallels Chicago’s Wicker Park/Logan Square area, with hipsters omnipresent, unique restaurants and bars as well as artsy coffee shops. Other Brooklyn neighborhoods such as DUMBO, Bushwick and Clinton Hill also share similarities with Chicago.
Chicago’s original toasted sandwich shop, Potbelly, has now opened over 15 locations, scattered throughout Manhattan. One bite of a hot ‘wreck’ or ‘pizza sandwich’ will evoke all of those warm memories from your first Potbelly experience. Tasting Potbelly’s homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies will transport you back to Lincoln Avenue.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 150 East 44th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 646 289 4202
Cold is pretty much a guarantee once winter hits in New York City. Snow storms and freezing temperatures are sure to give you flashbacks to the bone-chilling days of trying to survive in ‘Chibera’ – perhaps then you’ll take solace in not being in Chicago anymore.