First, awesome! This is the best city in the world, in my humble opinion, and I hope it’s everything you’re expecting and more.
It is, however, a very expensive city to live in. Do your research and know what your monthly expenses will be, save up double that to have as a safety net, and make sure the place you’re living is safe/bedbug free/not suspiciously cheap or expensive.
Subscribe to Time Out and New York Magazine and read up on things to do and restaurants to visit. Go museum hopping, go to brunch, go for long walks in new neighborhoods. Ask locals where their favorite place to eat is, or where they got that awesome bracelet—New Yorkers love to share our secret spots. Get to know new people by joining meetup groups, church groups, recreational sports leagues, free yoga schools.
‘Cause this can be a lonely city—it’s huge and fast-paced and relentless, and if you feel overwhelmed, know that it’s not just you. When you move, walk around your neighborhood (as in, every inch of every street and avenue for twenty blocks around) and find a supermarket, a laundromat, a cafe, and a bookstore (or similar hangout spot). Get to know the shopkeepers, say hello to your neighbors, compare prices at bodegas to find the cheapest groceries. When you learn little tricks like which fruit stand has the best grapes, you’ll start to feel as if you are truly part of your neighborhood.
And have fun, yo! The myth of New York is its own ball of wax, but the real city is a pretty incredible place to live. Stay out til sunrise or stay in your too-small apartment for movie marathons, but either way, I hope you have a great time.#saddleupcowboy #ask #new york #new york city #advice