Upper West Side
“I’m friends with the rats on the UWS. We know each other by name.”
“Gentrification in Washington Heights is subtle, but definitely present. I swear I see a new white person in my (formerly?) mostly Dominican building every month, and as a result my monthly rent, which used to go up $25 annually four years ago now goes up $100, and I worry I’ll be priced out in a year or two because I’m not a finance bro or college student living off my parents in the ‘burbs.”
“On weekends the neighborhood is unwalkable because of the people who pour in and out of bars and restaurants, making it somewhat insufferable for locals. Oh, and it’s basically NYU’s campus west.”
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Meagan Drillinger is a contributing writer for Thrillist and thinks Manhattan is the new Brooklyn.