What I've Learned After Living in NYC For a Month
Here I am sitting in yet another coffee shop, reflecting on the fact that I've been living in New York for an entire month. Woah.
I've already learned so much and I've grown so much. Now, I'm definitely (and probably will never be) an expert at living in NYC. I still have to use my phone to navigate everywhere and I've definitely taken the wrong subway more than once.
Here's some things that I've learned thus far:
The unlimited Metro card is worth it.
Seriously. Now yes, it's about $120 bucks. However, if you know you want to explore the city and you know that you're going to use it, it's worth it. I've been able to go all around Manhattan a bunch, throughout Brooklyn, to Queens, and even all the way out to Rockaway Beach with this little card. I'd say I used it over 100 times for sure. That makes each ride around $1.
Always have some cash with you!
I've come across a bunch of places that are cash only in the city, whether it's pizza places, coffee shops, and bagel joints. One of my favorites, Tompkins Square Bagels, is cash only, so always remember to have some.
Keep in mind that there are small ATMs throughout the city, but they do have a surcharge of around $2. I'd suggest finding your bank's ATM and doing it there to avoid that extra spending.
There are very few public bathrooms.
This is something that I've learned the hard way (lol some very close calls HAHA). Pretty much every restaurant, cafe, or store requires a receipt of purchase or a passcode to even get into the bathroom. Keep this in mind when you're going through the city - go to the bathroom when you can!
It's true, it's expensive.
Yep, it's true. It blows my mind sometimes how expensive the city is, but you just need to plan and know what you're willing to invest in and pay for. For me, I'm a coffee lover, so that's where I know I want to spend. I'm not spending much on clothes or other amenities.
You honestly get used to the high prices very quickly, which can be dangerous. Just always keep checking your bank account, keep working, and don't be foolish!
TIP: PACK YOUR LUNCH! (Trader Joe's is the love of my life)
Watch out for cars AND BIKERS.
This is kind of a given being that it is a big city, but there are vehicles around you ALL THE TIME. Keep that in mind. Just watch for cars, bikes, and anything in between when you're going throughout the city. Bikers and cars usually won't yield to you, so just keep a look out. If you have headphones on, be even more cautious.
SO MUCH CULTURE + DIVERSITY.
I hear so many different languages and see so many different people embracing different cultures that I'm learning new things every day. There are so so so many restaurants of every culture - for example, I went to a venezuelan sandwich shop and had a delicious sandwich! It can get overwhelming and confusing, but if you embrace the diversity of NYC, you see the beauty in all of us being here together.
Also, there are SO MANY CUTE LGBT+ COUPLES.
You randomly smell weed ALL THE TIME.
Now, I'm not totally sure about the laws in regards to weed in NYC, but I'm not gonna lie: I smell it at least 3 times every single day.
I'll be walking to work and I'll someone smoking a joint on the street or I'll catch the scent as I'm passing a group of people. I don't personally smoke weed, but if you do, NYC might be the city for you.
These are just a few of the things that I've learned while being here - I know for a fact I'm going to learn so much more!
Thank you all so much for supporting me and reading along while I'm on this journey through NYC. It's definitely a dream come true. I get to do something I love every day in a place that I'm excited to explore everyday.
Thanks for the love! More content coming to you soon!