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What is it like to live and work in NY? Find out with #NYTough (giveaway ends 10/28/14)

 

Manhattan as seen from the Hudson River.

Manhattan as seen from the Hudson River.

I am a “country bumpkin” at heart. I would rather live in a place where deer and cows (or horses) roam freely in my yard rather than city buses and taxi cabs. But that is just me. I know plenty of people who couldn’t see themselves living anywhere other than a big city including one of the biggest cities of them all – New York City.

I think maybe if I was young an single I would enjoy living in the city for a few years, just to get the full New York City experience. New York City is a very exciting place. In fact my mom, before she passed away, talked about getting an apartment in the city so she could spend some time there since the kids were all grown. My mom loved to travel and experience new things. She once took a trip to China for a couple of weeks – by herself! She just decided one day she wanted to go to China and up and left for a couple of weeks.

Our son is looking forward to moving to New York City when he graduates fro high school. Sadly I don’t think he fully comprehends how expensive living in New York City is (he wants to move to Manhattan).

P&G Brands – Febreze, Head & Shoulders, Bounty, Dawn, Tide and Secret – have come together to showcase the struggles that many New Yorkers face on a daily basis and how tough they are to handle it all. The campaign is called #NYTough and it provides New Yorkers with a break from the challenges they deal with on a daily basis with brands that are tough enough to help them live and thrive in the “Big Apple”.

Manhattan as seen over the Hudson River on a helicopter.

Manhattan as seen over the Hudson River on a helicopter.

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Brooklyn Bridge under construction

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Queens, NY as seen from Roosevelt Island

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Manhattan (left), Roosevelt Island (right) and I believe that is Queens or the Bronx in the background.

The #NYTough campaign has a series of video interviews hosted by local comedian Michael Che. The videos highlight what is means to be “New York Tough” and invited New Yorkers to share their unique stories.

“I grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan and over the past thirty years, I’ve seen just how tough the city can be,” stated comedian Che. “I jumped at the chance to help share some comic relief with the community through the #NYTough campaign because comedy about New York has always been a part of my routine. It’s been a wild experience getting to interview such a diverse group of people, from taxi drivers and dog walkers to starving artists and retirees, about their own New York tough stories.”

New York City is such a diverse city. There are five boroughs and many different neighborhoods. My family grew up in Brooklyn (except me and my sister) and my husband’s family is from the Bronx. It’s amazing how in NYC you can turn the corner and find yourself in an entirely different neighborhood. We’ve heard so many stories about life in the big city.

My family visits the city often. I don’t know how people deal with all that traffic. Just a minor “fender bender” on the West Side Highway (or Harlem River Drive) can cause backups that go for miles and last for hours. Just the other day going into the city there was traffic on the West Side Highway – bumper to bumper – and we were at a complete standstill. For what should have taken 45 minutes to get to (location) took over an hour and a half – twice as much time.

Manhattan Street

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Random side walk vendor with a bubble machine.

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People EVERYWHERE in Times Square

Even the inner streets of Manhattan can be a driver’s worst nightmare. I don’t know how people navigate those streets. When you toss in people who refuse to obey the street signs (“jaywalkers”), double parked vehicles, truck deliveries and on-going construction – it’s insane!

The noise in some areas of the city can be so loud too. How do you sleep with all that noise going on around you? I go bonkers if there is a cricket in our home let alone listening to people talking, cars honking, sirens and other miscellaneous sounds.

If you don’t like crowds New York City is not the place for you. There are plenty of quiet neighborhoods but when you enter the more “touristy” parts of the city, or the business locations, you can barely move on the sidewalks because there are so many people.

You also have to be rich to live in the city, in my opinion. We once ate at a restaurant and ordered two cheeseburgers, one hamburger and a chef salad plus four sodas and it came to OVER $120! We eat at the same restaurant closer to where we live and would spend half that amount on the same meal.

A few weeks ago we were in the city and spent $12 on two hot dogs, $6 on two bottles of water and $8 on two pretzels. Yikes!

Don’t get e wrong. We love the city. It’s an amazing place. It’s a “one of a kind” place. To me there is no other city like New York City. It’s packed with so much culture, entertainment, education, history and so much more. Yeah, $4 for a pretzel might seem like a lot but when  you are strolling through beautiful Central Park while enjoying that pretzel the price doesn’t matter. Yes, the construction is a nusance, but when you see the end result you know why it was necessary. What the city did to rebuilt after 911 is amazing. We saw “ground zero” a couple of years after 911 and it was nothing but a giant hole in the ground. Now there are amazing buildings and a beautiful memorial and museum.

Central Park.

Central Park.

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Only in New York will you see unique people like this in Central Park.

A guy offering free hugs in Times Square.

A guy offering free hugs in Times Square.

Take a trip to the “Top of the Rock” (the top of Rockefeller Center) and you’ll be in awe of just how beautiful this great big city is.

I want to give kudos to those who live and work in the city and for being so #NYTough. I also totally “get” why they call New York City home.

You can check out the first video in the series fro #NYTough here – “Man of the Streets” videos. Here is one of the videos for your entertainment.

 

I would also like to encourage readers to check out Buzzfeed for more interesting content – Buzzfeed.com/NYTough.

To see what others are saying about this unique campaign please check out the hashtag #NYTough on social media.

Do you live or work in New York City? Have you ever spent any time in any of New York City’s boroughs or neighborhoods? Feel free to share your experiences.

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911 Memorial Fountain

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Statue of Liberty as seen from the Hudson River.

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New York City as seen from the “Top of the Rock”.

I have a prize package to give to a lucky reader that contains products from the P&G brands participating in the #NYTough campaign. The prize package consists of;

  • One (1) Crest Complete Whitening with Scope
  • One (1) Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant
  • One (1) Bounty paper towels
  • One (1) Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo
  • One (1) Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Conditioner
  • One (1) Tide Pods
  • One (1) Febreze Heavy Duty
  • One (1) Dawn Platinum Power Clean

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway and/or if you have any stories you’d like to share about living and/or working in NYC (in case you live in the area).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Kimberly

*I received some free P&G products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. I love P&G Products! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  2. I would like to win and try the tide pods out.

  3. Dana Rodriguez says

    I love P&G products! My fiance’ is from NY.. I want to visit there sometime soon.

  4. trisha kilpatrick says

    I want to win this prize package because my daughter just went away to college and is on a tight budget. I know she could use some restocking of most of these products, and, I mean, P & G is the top of the line.

  5. I want to win this prize pack because I love P&G products.

  6. I’d love to win because these are products that I use regularly.

  7. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    I’d love to win because we use a lot of these products….they would make life much easier!

  8. I went to school in New York (NYU) and I absolutely love the city, but I haven’t ever lived there as an adult who has to work and pay rent. I would still like to move back someday. When I lived there I was a poor student. But I never felt poor because I was perfectly happy just to walk around and explore the city. It didn’t cost anything to take a walk or go to the park.

  9. I like and use these great P & G products and it would be great to win them.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. Cindy Merrill says

    My hubby’s oldest son lives near NYC; he plays in a band (guitar), for various functions, very talented!

  11. shelly peterson says

    I would love to win because I love P&G products.

  12. I would like to win this so I could use old favorites and try some new products.

  13. katklaw777 says

    I’d like to win because I like and can use alll of the products.
    I have never been to NY but my daughter has and shes loved the hustle and bustle of it!

  14. I would like to win because I use P&G products all the time.

  15. Tari Lawson says

    I would like to win because all of the items are useful. I like prizes I can and will use.

  16. Ann Fantom says

    I would love to win because we use almost all of these P&G products.

    We live about 2 hours outside NYC so we do frequent day trips to the city. We love to visit, but I could never live there

  17. Elizabeth Owens says

    I went to NYC for this first time this April and really did fall in love with the city (as cliched as it is). I am already planning a trip back next fall. Nothing beat the city views from the top of the Empire State building and riding around on bikes in Central park.. Oh how I miss it.

  18. I would like to win because these are great items and it is a great cause.

  19. I’d like to win because these are all great products….some I use and some are new to me and I’d like to try them. My daughter moved to NYC a couple of months ago because she got a job in the city. When moving her into her apartment, I thought how exciting it would be to be young again and living in the city. So much to see and do!

  20. amy pugmire says

    we use all of these products around the house so it would great to get some for free. I have never lived in new york but my sister in law has and loved it!

  21. I’d love to win because I enjoy using P&G brands and trying out new products!

  22. Kimberly Schotz says

    I would like to win these products. I would share them with my daughter.

  23. I’d like to win because these are products my family could use.

  24. I love P&G products but I have absolutely no desire to even visit NYC

  25. I love P&G products and especially Tide. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. I’d like to win because I like useful prizes! I am like you, more of a country type person. I think I would be having anxiety attacks every day if I lived in New York!

  27. bill norris says

    i could make use of these products

  28. I’d like to win because we love and use a wide variety of P&G products!

  29. Holly Thomas says

    I would like to win this because I love P & G products.

  30. Tracy Pryor says

    I would love to win. We use all of these products regularly. It would save us a lot of money if I won.

  31. Debbi Wellenstein says

    I would like to win these P&G products, because they are products I can, and will, use!

  32. Because I love P&G… who doesn’t?!

  33. never tried the tide pods would love to try these. thankyou, ken

  34. I lived for 25 years in New york (in the East Village) and I loved it so much. It got to be too much for me though.

  35. Andrea Williams says

    I would love to win these products! A few of them I have been using for a while, but some of them are new to me and would be great to try out.

  36. I love to try out new P&G products!

  37. I’d like to win this giveaway because we love P & G products!

  38. Linda Kish says

    I would like to win because those are all terrific products. I have not been to NYC since Christmas 1980. I wish I could get back there again.

  39. There are a lot of great products in this prize pack I would love to have. Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. New York City is one of my favorite cities to visit! And I’m also a big P&G fan.

  41. christine j says

    I would love to win, I love these products!

  42. Love to win this array of P&G products – many have been improved like the new tide pods that I haven’t tried yet. We live in NJ and take the train into the city which avoids the whole chaos of trying to drive and keep our sanity.

  43. I would like to win this giveaway to have the products to use in the house.

    What a neat theme and cause!

  44. I don’t have any personal stories myself, but one of my friends ate pork and beans out of a can for months because she was having trouble making it after a move to NYC. She lost a lot of weight and no one knew why – she didn’t reveal it until she landed a job that paid more.

  45. I want to win this because all these items would be very useful to my household.

  46. Tracy Melhinch says

    What a wonderful prize pack! It has all the things I use, every day!

  47. Cassandra Eastman says

    I’d love to win because I love P&G products and there are a lot here I haven’t yet tried!

  48. Tara Liebing says

    I’d love to win because I love P&G products and could use all of them. I have never been to New York but I would love to someday visit this beautiful city!

  49. I would like to win because I use products every day, especially the Tide Pods. I grew up in Staten Island, but 30 years ago it was more country than city.

  50. I would like to win this giveaway because these are all wonderful P & G products I use anyways, I’ve never been to NYC, always wanted to go.

  51. My Dad is from NYC so I’ve visited there multiple times when younger. One of my favorite memories is the first time I remember seeing the World Trade Center towers. They were amazing to see in real life!

  52. danielle Marie says

    these are all products i use or have wanted to try. i wish i could tell you about time in NY but the last time i was there i was 3.

  53. Jennifer Tilson says

    All those products seem like real winners. I went to NYC when I was a kid with my parents. I still remember my crazy taxi ride.

  54. Jennifer Tilson says

    I follow on bloglovin’ under magmom73.

  55. Robin Wilson says

    I used to absolutely love when my work took me to NY. I was lucky enough to stay in The Ritz or Marriott right in the heart of town. It was such a great experience!

  56. beth shepherd says

    I would love to win as these are awesome products. I love NY but have not been for 9 years. Its def time to go back.

  57. Dawn Monroe says

    New York is my husbands dream vacation. He has always wanted to go check out the city sights and vibe.

  58. Julie Cutshaw says

    Being from eastern Tennessee and deep in the Great Smokey Mountains where it is nothing but stand still bellowing cows, skunks that spray, deers that run right through my yard, I couldn’t imagine every seeing any of the other US states or living in them of big or biggest States. But then I married my soul-mate from here as well, and for 20 years we move to all kinds of places from State to State. And when we lived in Philadelphia, PA we took a weekend drive over to NY to check it out. Needless to say we felt like 2 tiny heads on the end of a stickpin because we had never seen so many people roaming streets, and buildings that were so tall that it crooked my neck to look up that high. We were also in a MG midget convertible with the top down. So as we crossed those bowed sky high bridges, I felt like I was going to be sucked out from the wind & I wanted to look down and around yet I was terrified at the same time. We seen both the rich & the poor as we drove through neighborhoods. And learned what t was liked to stop at a light and get your windshield washed whether you desired it or not. But you gladly hand out a dollar to those in need and you give God the glory for it and not yourselves thats for sure. I think thats why companies like Proctor and Gamble are so giving to great causes in this world. They know it takes all kinds and walks of life to build bridges so we can communicate and help each-other. Then we drove on over to the Pocono’s of NY and I kept thinking, wow…they have mountains after just seeing that massive state that looked like a monopoly board game? I enjoyed both places but always came back home to TN where we’d rather be. But it does take all kinds and I’m blessed to have seen NY in my lifetime. 🙂 This was a very interested review & I really enjoyed the photo’s ~Thanks

  59. Mary Cloud says

    I would love to win because I love P&G products and use them all the time
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  60. I want to win because I love these products

  61. I have always wanted to go to NYC but just to shop! And maybe eat too!

  62. I have only been to New York once (as a kid on vacation with the folks), but I can tell you the traffic nightmares are the same here in Southern California.

  63. Jennifer Rote says

    I’d like to win because we use these products and it would same me some money.

  64. Trisha Burgess says

    I would love to have these products!

  65. I’d love to win this package because I love use all of these products.

  66. I love P&G products and would love this prize pack as for NYC I don’t live there but have visited several times one of my memories is visiting Macy’s at christmas time how beautiful it was and all the Santa Clauses

  67. Christina Sparks says

    I would like to try the Secret Clinical strength.

  68. Rebecca Orr says

    I live in NY but have only ever visited NYC. I would love to win this because we use tons of P&G products in our home on a daily basis. We have many of the products listed in the prize list in our home right this minute. It is always good to have a few extras on hand.

  69. I’d like to win this giveaway because I like P&G products. 🙂 I haven’t been to New York and will definitely visit it in the future. 🙂

  70. I would love to win because I love P&G products.

  71. Many of these are products I use often so I’d love to win.

  72. I would love to win because I like and use P & G products regularly.

  73. I love P&G products and could always add to my stash.

  74. i wanna win because i love all of these products

  75. linda tamayo says

    I would like to win !!! Thanks for the chance , fingers crossed !!! 🙂

  76. steven weber says

    I want to win because these are some of my favorite products!

  77. Jessica To says

    I would like to win because I use tons of P&G products and love them. I have never been to NY but I hope to get there one day!

  78. Michele C. says

    I’d love to win this prize package because, I enjoy using P&G products, and I haven’t tried a couple of them. I love trying new products. I’ve never been to NYC, but it is on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing the incredible photographs!

  79. Can always use the products for the house; plus, I like P&G products.

  80. Tanya White says

    I really like P&G products that’s why I would lie to win.

  81. linda tamayo says

    Thanks for the giveaway !!! We love P&G products, fingers crossed 🙂

  82. Sonya Morris says

    I would love to win because I use a lot of the products.

  83. Penny Snyder says

    I would love to win this because I love P&G products!!~

  84. I want to win because these are the products I use at home.

  85. Jamie Brigham says

    I use these products so I wouldn’t have to buy anything and it would save me $. I’ve never been to New York however I would love to.

  86. Dawn Keenan says

    I love P and G products, so I would love to win. As far as living in NYC, my son is a Broadway wanna be, so I hope to be frequenting that a lot in the future.

  87. Brittney House says

    I would love to win these because I could use each and every one of these products. I also like to try out things before I buy them so this would really help me test out some new stuff.

  88. We use so many P&G products so this would be great.

  89. Madison Frady says

    id like to win this because I would love to try the tide pods just haven’t bought them and id like for my picky husband to try the head and shoulders shampoo.

    leevimommy2014(at)gmail(dot)com

  90. These are all such good products, so of course I would like to win them.

  91. I would really like to win these items because I need them for my home.

  92. Jill Myrick says

    I have never been to New York but would love to win these items as we currently use most of them and I would love to have extra on hand.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  93. Waveney Howell says

    I love living in NY and I love P&G products!

  94. Stephanie Larison says

    I like trying out new products

  95. joe gersch says

    i want this to try the tide pods

  96. Paula Michele Hafner says

    I’ve only visited NYC. I want to go back! I want to win because we use or I would like to use most of these products. I’ve been wanting to try the Tide Pods.

  97. I have never been to New York, but I do love P&G products and use them all the time.

  98. Megan Filzen says

    I played in a soccer tournament in NYC!

  99. I would love to win because these are all great products!

  100. Stephanie Galbraith says

    I use all these products, it would be great to get some for free.

  101. Susan Smith says

    I want to win this prize pack because I love P&G products. I’d love to visit New York sometime.

  102. I used to live in NY and went to school in upstate NY. We had some wild weekend trips to the city…..young and dumb! Fun place to visit, but I could never live there. I would like to win this because we use these products so it would come in handy.

  103. I would like to try all these products.

  104. I am a fan of P&G products! I love visiting NYC

  105. I love P&G Products and would love this prize pack!!

  106. Mendy Dinsmore says

    I have never lived in NY. I’m a country girl. I think I would be scared of all those ppl you see on tv. LOL I love Tide and the other products. They are staples in our home.

  107. Laurie Emerson says

    I would love to win this as these are products which I always use around our home.

  108. I use lots of P and G products and would love to win a prize pack of them! I have never been to NY but would really like to go someday.

  109. Shirley Hicks says

    would love to win this package…would help me save some money by winning the products I already use…..and no I have never lived in ny…or even visited there but I would love to visit

  110. Amy Deeter says

    i use to live in nyc about 15 years ago.my husband has never been there and i would love to take him of these days

  111. Jennifer Reed says

    I would love to win the P & G products for my household. These brands are trusted and so useful. I especially would love to try the Dawn Platinum Power Clean dishsoap.

  112. I would like to win because I use some of these products and would love to try the one’s that I haven’t.

  113. I would love to win this giveaway because we use these products 🙂 My hubby and I are planning on going to NYC for our 10 yr anniversary. I cant wait!!

  114. Tiffany Hearn says

    I would love to win these products because I use most of them and would also love to try the rest. I don’t live in NYC but visited a few years ago. It was awesome!!

  115. tina reynolds says

    I would love to win we use so man p&g products

  116. cynthia Painter says

    I love all P&G products so this wuld be an awesome prize! I have never lived or visited NYC!

  117. susan smoaks says

    i would love to win because i love new york and i love this cause.

  118. Peggy Rydzewski says

    My first trip to nyc was several years ago du to my brother living there. It was Easter time and he took me the the easter parade.

  119. Jennifer Hess says

    With a household of 6 we go through a lot of household products and P&G are my favorite.

  120. Dorothy Deakyne says

    I am a third generation P&G user, would love to win this

  121. I wouldn’t like to live in New York City. It is too fast paced for me. I loved visiting though. The Broadway shows were fantastic.
    I’d love to win this prize pack because I love P&G prize pack.

  122. Lisa Vanhook says

    I would very much like to win this giveaway,,,,I love all those products.

  123. Charlene Kuser says

    I would like to win this prize because I love all of the P&G products.I use Head & Shoulders regularly .I have never been to New York but have always wanted to go visit.I heard it is very expensive to live there.

  124. Trisha McKee says

    I would love to win because this has the best brands all together! And I have never lived in New York, but my family and I go every year around Christmas. Such a beautiful city with the nicest people!

  125. Thanks for the giveaway…grew up in the NYC area; one day of my misspent youth @ high school years was to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on a very cold day back when underage drinking was decidedly more prevalent: got a bit of frostbite that day, on my cheeks & nose !