Almost everyone has their own idea about the Big Apple. We are sorry to burst your bubble, but the city is not just about skyscrapers and pizza. No amount of ‘Sex and the City’ can prepare you for the surprises New York has in store for you. Here are just 12 things we think you need to know before you start living in NYC.
1. SIDEWALKS ARE ALWAYS BUSY
Love to stroll the streets at a leisurely pace? Not here mister!! New York sidewalks are like freeways for pedestrians as a lot of people prefer to walk rather than take a cab or subway. During peak office hours, the sidewalks become extremely crowded so stopping to take a picture is an absolute no-no. Furthermore, beware, most of those professionals on break might be camera shy certified kick-boxers.
2. YOU WILL GET USED TO THE NOISE
The problem with a city that never sleeps is that it’s always noisy. Don’t worry though because after a few days being here you won’t even notice the background score. Even more, you’ll soon come to love it and even miss it when you leave the big city.
3. APARTMENTS ARE SLIGHTLY BIGGER THAN TRIAL ROOMS
Okay, that may be an exaggeration but NY apartments really are tiny. This is why it’s best to pack light and leave large appliances behind when you move to the city. Good for you if you are a millionaire and can afford a big place. However, if you have a limited budget be prepared to live in a small space. Don’t forget to keep some NYC movers for cheap on speed dial as well; chances are you will change apartments more often than you think.
4. YUP, PIZZAS HERE ARE THAT DAMN GOOD
When it comes to pizza, New York does live up to the hype. We know Italians came up with the idea but trust us pizzas here are out of this world. It’s also really cheap as most stores offer a large slice for as low as $1. If you’re paying more, you’re probably paying too much, but you’ll learn this after just a few days.
5. TIMES SQUARE IS NOT NY
Times Square is the tourist magnet of the city. The food here is overpriced and it’s always crowded. Considering that there are more tourists here than real New Yorkers, Times Square is not what this city is all about. So if you’re not a tourist, don’t act like one – it will cost you time and money!
6. DURING PEAK HOURS, THE SUBWAY IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
If you want to travel cheap and fast, the subway is your best bet. It may take you a while to understand all the routes and timings but once you master it you can travel around with ease. Make best friends with it as it’s going to save you a lot of time.
7. HAILING CABS PROBABLY WON’T GET YOU ANYWHERE
No matter how it looks on TV, NY cabs don’t always stop when you are hailing. They are also quite expensive and slower than traveling the smart way with the subway.
8. ONLINE DATING SITES ARE NOT WEIRD
Overwhelmingly New Yorkers find dates on dating sites and apps. It may be weird or lame everywhere else, but here it’s absolutely fine. Don’t be camera shy and make your profile shine if you’re single and interested; chances are you’ll find it very difficult to engage romantically the old fashioned way as New York leaves you little time for anything else.
9. A BODEGA MIGHT JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE
Need something in the middle of the night? Bodega to the rescue. Find everything from electronics to regular groceries at odd hours. Make friends with bodegas in your neighborhood, they are truly lifesavers.
10. RESTAURANTS ARE EXPENSIVE FOOD TRUCKS AND CARTS ARE NOT
When in the city, food trucks and hot dog carts will soon become your daily destination. These road-side vendors serve super-delicious food at affordable prices.
11. CENTRAL PARK IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK
You think Central Park is big? You have no idea. You can literally get lost in the park and there are more things to do than you can imagine. Go for a boat ride or simply check out the animals in the Central Park Zoo.
12. THE TOURISTY PLACES ARE FOR TOURISTS
Places such as the Rockefeller Center, The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, and other are always packed with tourists. Visit them all and get it out of your system and then travel around to discover the real New York.
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