Moving to a new state is no easy task, especially one as crowded, cosmopolitan and lively as New York City. It takes lots of time, organization, research, and money. Oh … and don’t forget packing. Lots and lots of packing! But what happens after the move, when all of the moving boxes have been unpacked and things have officially settled down? Do you sit at home in hopes you will adjust to your new surroundings? No way! You get out there and adapt to the people and places around you. To become a true New Yorker, here are some helpful tips to survive living in the Big Apple.
For New Yorkers, public transportation is a fact of life. But which form of public transportation should you take? Bus? Subway? Before you say taxi, let us stop you … don’t take a taxi. Don’t get us wrong; taxis are great. But they are in no way cheap. Sure, public transportation can be unpredictable with construction, delays, and whatnot at all different times of the day. Not to mention, the characters and crowd you will meet may be a little unnerving. But buses and subways are a bargain in comparison to taxis. In fact, you can even call them a necessary part of life in NYC. So if you want to save some cash, public transportation is a good choice. But don’t forget. Considering NYC is huge, with sights to see and places to go no matter where you turn,walking isn’t a bad idea – and it’s free!
Complain About Rent
There’s no denying that New York City is an expensive place to live. $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment … yowza! But believe us when we say you won’t be the only one who feels the urge to complain about the price of rent. So let loose and complain with the best of them. Besides, even though square footage may be a disappointment, everyone abides by it in order to stay in such an incredible place, and your complaints will only help you create a mutual bond with others.
The United States has always been a melting pot with people from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. This is especially true in New York City. It’s also a large factor in what gives this city such a unique personality. To live in NYC, you must be open-minded and accepting of everyone around you. Even on days when you don’t want to, it is what it is, and your open-mindedness will encourage others to be accepting of your idiosyncrasies.
In order to make it in NYC, you have to possess a lot of confidence, so leave your shy and worried self at home when you venture onto the streets of this city. New Yorkers are a confident bunch; they know what they want and are not afraid to say it, nor are they afraid to hurt your feelings in the process of getting what they want. This is especially true when navigating this city’s heavily populated streets. Things move faster in cities like NYC. Being new to the area, you may feel the need to abide by pedestrian walkways and traffic lights, but you’ll quickly learn that New Yorkers operate differently and aren’t scared to follow their own rules.
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