Living in New York City

In 1949, during one of the city’s hottest summers, E.B. White wrote about New York in an essay titled, “Here is New York.” He wrote, “It is by all odds the loftiest of cities. It even managed to reach the highest point in the sky at the lowest moment of the depression.” This past Spring, we suffered a different kind of depression. We, as a program, as a hospital, and as a city responded the same way we always do: with grace, grit, and a touch of flare.

While the details of living here have changed drastically, the essence is the same. There is food and culture and people and drinks and art and energy. There is also a renewed sense of being a “New Yorker,” a bond that is strengthened by each of this city’s collective successes and mutual tragedies.

New York “supplies its citizens with massive doses of a supplementary vitamin–the sense of belonging to something unique, cosmopolitan, mighty and unparalleled.” Join us and discover what E.B. White made all the fuss about!

What makes your neighborhood unique?

The cost of living is significantly cheaper than NYC, and you still have the option to go into the city with ease. My wife and I live in a one-bedroom apartment in a luxury building for under $3,000/month. Columbia also provides a free shuttle from 169th St. to Constitution Park in Fort Lee.

 Christopher Song, PGY-3; Fort Lee, NJ


My favorite thing about Washington Heights is the diversity it offers. Hence you will find everything here from culture and great food, which has allowed me to learn more about the community I am serving.

 Ansa Razzaq, PGY-3; Washington Heights


What makes it unique: easy accessibility to anywhere in the city (my apartment is walkable - but not too close to - Times Square, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station, Hudson Yards, the High Line, and the Theater District), diverse range of restaurants.

 Michelle Chang, PGY-3; Lower Hell’s Kitchen


I love the friendly neighborhood vibe intermixed with vibrant culture (museums, theaters, concert halls), and all right next to Central Park!

 Jeremy Mudd, PGY-3; Upper West Side


Columbus Circle is a perfect amalgamation of contrasts. It is the intersection of up and downtown; it has access to 10 different trains, yet is extremely walkable; and is near Central Park and a Westside shopping center.

 Jaya Batra, PGY-2; Columbus Circle

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What are some of your favorite spots in your neighborhood?

The Korean food here is great and affordable. One of my favorites is unlimited KBBQ for $35 at Meat Bros.

 Christopher Song, PGY-3; Fort Lee, NJ


Fort Washington park and the Hudson river greenway bike path to name a few. I have also been able to explore some great Korean/Japanese food options in Fort Lee just across the GW bridge.

 Ansa Razzaq, PGY-3; Washington Heights


Favorite places: the aforementioned restaurants including a wonderful Italian place on my block, anywhere with a view of the Hudson River (e.g. my roof!)

 Michelle Chang, PGY-3; Lower Hell’s Kitchen


Some of my favorite places are Central and Riverside parks, Grand Bazaar (a weekly market), Lincoln Center (great Jazz concerts!), and restaurants like RedFarm and Barney Greengrass.

 Jeremy Mudd, PGY-3; Upper West Side


Pizza at Angelo’s Coal Oven Pizza. Try the meatball with mushroom.

 Jaya Batra, PGY-2; Columbus Circle

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Describe your neighborhood in a nutshell

Living in a more suburban area gives us easier access to outdoor activities such as golfing and tennis, and spares us all the traffic of the city! Everything is a bit easier, shopping, outdoor activities, and travel.

 Christopher Song, PGY-3; Fort Lee, NJ


Despite the vicinity to the hospital, the neighborhood has a residential feel and is extremely affordable. There are plenty of small local shops offering affordable fresh produce etc. While on one hand you are walking distance to the hospital (comes in very handy on those long call days), the A train makes the downtown area very easily accessible. The neighborhood is very lively, and I have never felt unsafe exploring different areas near my apartment.

 Ansa Razzaq, PGY-3; Washington Heights


Neighborhood in a nutshell: hustle, bustle, and convenience.

 Michelle Chang, PGY-3; Lower Hell’s Kitchen


Tons of young professionals, tight-knit families, tons of art, and all incredibly walkable!

 Jeremy Mudd, PGY-3; Upper West Side


Again, Pizza at Angelo’s Coal Oven Pizza. The meatball pizza is really THAT good.

 Jaya Batra, PGY-2; Columbus Circle

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