I’ve arrived in New York to lovely warm weather, it’s between 80 and 90 degrees each day so I’ve been out and about in the sunshine .My classes didn’t commence until a few days ago so I’ve been getting organised and adjusting to local time which is -5 hours from GMT.
I am here for one semester,in total four months.
I’m living in Greenwich Village in a Salvation Army Hostel which is called the Markle Residence. Most of the other women here are American students from out of town but 20% are residents who are very welcoming and a great source of local information.
The hostel is typical of the real New York; it’s a bit ‘rough around the edges’. It’s in the most interesting and ‘cool’ location - a leafy street off the main drag of downtown 6th Avenue where the properties are old ‘Brown Stone’ town houses. I have an en suite single room and, considering the cost of accommodation in New York, it is definitely a bargain.
There is 24 hour reception, Wi Fi, a laundry, large sitting room with TV, Gym, and a roof terrace which saves a trip to the top of the Empire State building as the views are amazing. Food is included and is much healthier than I had expected; it really does save the hassle of cooking and buying pots and pans etc. . . . The deal is that you set yourself up like an apartment. They provide a bed and basic furniture and the rest is down to you, i.e. towels, duvet, cleaning materials, kettle etc. …