I just got the news yesterday (Thanks to Curbed) that one of my favorite grocery stores AND a brand new movie theater are slated to move in just a few blocks from my home, being built on what, for years, has been a big open lot. I was ridiculously, goofily thrilled. Yes, I love movies and cooking, but it's not like I have to travel that far for groceries or the experience of the big screen as it is...
I think my enthusiastic reaction is more than just the thought of the ability to stroll a few blocks to catch a movie or pick up goodies from Marianos (although, if you've ever had their fried chicken, you know that is part of it). At the heart of it, it's that their possible arrival makes me feel like I really live in a city - that my neighborhood is evolving and becoming even more walking-friendly, and in turn, made me happy and thankful all over again that I found my apartment.
The concept of home life definitely expands beyond your four walls - the amenities in your neighborhood affects every aspect of your time at home - where you buy your groceries and what types of prepared foods are available to you, how you travel around your city or town, access to banking, mail, doctors, cleaners, what your "third space" is. Your location and what surrounds you can add or subtract hours to your precious leisure time.
Over the years, from time to time when walking by this lot where the old New City Y (which we still miss) was located, my family and I have wished that a movie theater would move in - I guess the power of positive thinking really can work! In that spirit, please share which amenities you'd love to have show up in your neighborhood and keep your fingers crossed...(I'm pushing my luck and hoping for a noodle shop and yarn store, too)
(Image: Rendering via Curbed)