Life as a Resident at Beth Israel and in New York City
The warmth and collegial atmosphere at Beth Israel is evidenced by the fact that many of our trainees stay on as faculty and fellows. In addition, many graduates return to Beth Israel after obtaining speciality training or other work experience elsewhere.
New York City offers house staff innumerable activities in their time off. Restaurants and shops abound within walking distance in our immediate neighborhoods of Gramercy Park, Union Square, and the East Village.
Union Square, a few blocks from the hospital, has a Whole Foods store a Trader Joe's, and an enormous multi-level Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Nothing like writing up a case report or research project on your laptop overlooking Union Square! In addition, New York City's flagship Greenmarket, a collection of vendors selling fresh produce and other foods from local and upstate farms, is found in the center of UnionSquare.
Artichoke Pizza on 14th street - delicious!
With a little research (check out Time Out New York, Yelp, New York Magazine, or City Search) even a couple of hours off can become a wonderful dinner at a Tapas bar, a trip to a wine bar, or a Broadway show. A short subway ride can result in a stomach full of fantastic, truly authentic Indian or Pakistani food in Jackson Heights, Queens, or a complete cultural immersion experience in the peaceful and fascinating Russian neighborhood of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.
Like the outdoors? Well, this isn't Colorado of course, but there are plenty of options. A peaceful or active day in Central Park cures many woes and people have been known to actually forget they are in New York City after a few hours... (no randomized trials for this but good anecdotal evidence). Ninety minutes north of the city is the Mohonk Preserve, home to spectacular hiking. Some of the best rock climbing in the country, and an exceptionally cool town, can be found in and around New Paltz, NY, also just 90 minutes north of Manhattan.
For those of you who crave the beach, Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park are all just a short ways from the city and make nice day trips.
New York City--Manhattan in particular--is a safe place. The usual caveats apply and good judgement must always be exercised, but walking or taking the subway at night is not something most New Yorkers in our area of Manhattan are overly concerned about