Blissful times in NYC? Yes, it can be possible. Despite the never-ending sounds of sirens, jackhammers, and car horns, there are many opportunities to find bliss amongst the noisy city this winter. While there are plenty of ways to find bliss inside your apartment, like binging on Netflix shows or getting cozy in your living space, finding bliss is also a form of self-care. Doing things that involve movement, education, or bettering yourself for the future can have incredible health benefits. It’s easy to fall into a winter funk with all the holiday festivities, cold weather that leaves you feeling extra lethargic, and activities that seem to only involve food and drink, so take some steps to consciously better yourself knowing that at the end of it all, you’ll walk away feeling blissful.
First, start with your apartment. No, I’m not talking about the actual living space, but with the ever-dreaded apartment hunt where you’re forced to find a new apartment in 30 days, dish out thousands of dollars up front, and end up living with potentially questionable roommates after resorting to Craigslist in an attempt to avoid broker fees and illegally sublet a space.
Bedly takes all that stress away by offering great, affordable spaces all over New York City, Boston, and Jersey City. By leasing with them, you can avoid the broker fees without resorting to Craigslist, legally rent through a short-term lease without illegally subletting (ensuring your own security in the space), and save even more money since all units come fully furnished with the necessities. Can you hear Lizzie McGuire singing ‘This Is What Dreams Are Made Of’, or is that just me?
Bedly is just the first step to take in finding bliss in NYC. Even amidst the chaos of 9 million people, it’s possible to find bliss, you just have to know where to go.
Winter Jazz Fest
The Annual Winter Jazz Fest offers a spread of musicians performing at different venues throughout Lower Manhattan, as well as Brooklyn Steel, Nublu, and Le Poisson Rouge, over the course of a week. The main event, however, is the two-day marathon the last two days of the festival, where attendees hop from club to club, bar to bar, venue to venue, listening to the cumulative sounds of what has been thought of as one of the greatest concerts in NYC. A single wristband is required for the last two days, however, it grants the wearer access to all shows (unless the venue is at capacity), encouraging a supportive festival environment.
This year, Jazz Fest runs from Friday, January 4th – Saturday, January 12th. There are plenty of different ticket options as well. You can purchase a two-day marathon pass ($90-$105), or individual tickets ($15-$55).
This may seem like an obvious one, but completing a yoga class in the city feels like a big win when you’re meditating in the noise. New York is arguably over-saturated with yoga studios, but that also means there are some for everyone. Whether it’s Vinyasa, a sequence aligning movement to breath that will be sure to get your heart rate up and muscles thoroughly stretched, Bikrim, done in a room with temperatures upwards of 90 degrees and more, or Yin, a slow-paced, meditative practice, you can surely find a class that suits your needs best.
Yoga, not your thing? No worries! The city offers all sorts of different fitness classes, and I promise that sweating it out and getting your endorphins going will have you walking away feeling extra blissful.
New York has some of the most iconic scenes for ice skating. From Rockefeller Center to Central Park, Bryant Park to Prospect Park, Ice Skating is an amazing way to get outside and move in the winter time. Most locations also offer affordable skate rentals and entry (really just Rockefeller Center is pricey. But, hey, if it’s your dream after watching Elf all growing up, you do it!). If your schedule allows, try and go midday during a weekday to avoid larger crowds.
One of the best ways to re-discover your appreciation for art, history, and humankind, is visiting one of New York’s many museums. You already know about the MET, the Museum of Natural History, The Brooklyn Museum, and the MoMA, but what about lesser known ones like the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum housed in an old aircraft carrier? Or the popular attraction of “The Panorama of the City of New York, an exacting 9,335-square-foot scale model of the five boroughs created for the 1964 World’s Fair” at the Queens Museum? Or the El Museo del Barrio, a museum in Spanish Harlem showing work exclusively created by Hispanic artists in the U.S. and Latin America? New York has all this and many more, so take advantage of living in a city brimming with culture and treat yourself to a day soaking in art. You’ll walk away not only feeling blissful, but well educated, too.
Whatever you do this winter, make sure to take time to find your bliss. It’s absolutely necessary when you live in a city with as much life and activity as New York, and while Bedly is always there to help keep your living situation stress-free, it’s on you to find bliss outside the home.
Photo credits: Winter Jazz Fest, Uncover Colorado, Timeout, 6SQFT