People say if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. But, how many people actually make it here? Shoot, I'm still struggling to myself. So, in no way am I claiming to be some successful entrepreneurial motivational speaker here. I'm just here to share my personal experiences, knowledge and observations. Keep reading for some pointers on how to make it in NYC - or any big city.
Being a native New Yorker is so bitter sweet. All my fellow New Yorkers know what I mean, everyone else either A) Hates New York and thinks everyone here is rude and it's too fast paced (although there is some truth to that. More on that later.) or B) Thinks New York is heaven on Earth. The land of opportunity, wealth, and glamouros lifestyles.
Now let's lay down some unfortunate truths about NewYork City, followed up with some cheat codes on how to make the best of living in the "greatest city in the world."
NewYorkers are rude.
This is mostly true. Everyone in NY is so focused on making the next move that anyone that gets in the way of that suddenly becomes a burden. Even if they were just trying to take in the beautiful sites.A lot of tourists I've encountered weren't much better than us NY'ers.
You don't realize how genuine and friendly people are until you leave NYC and a stranger holds the door open for you and greets you with a smile. I think it's safe to say every New Yorker that has experienced something similar didn't know how to react at that moment.
New York is too fast paced.
If you are incapable of maneuvering on sidewalks the way you would in your car on the street, then the NY streets are not for you.
If the GPS says it'll take 15 min to walk somewhere, someone with NY feet is gonna get there in 7.25 minutes.
New York is expensive AF
Studies say in order for a single person to live comfortable in NYC they must be making about $6,200/month to live comfortably.
Move to the outer boroughs i.e. The Bronx, Queens, Uptown Manhattan, Staten Island (My home) or Brooklyn (although the cost of living in BK is almost as high as Manhattan now).
Live with roommates. This is a great way to save money on rent. That's if you can handle sharing a bathroom and kitchen with strangers - Definitely not the life for me.
Buy an unlimited metro card.
You know that "NEWS - Never Eat Shredded Wheat" acronym you learned in grade school to help you with directions? USE IT! Manhattan is one of the easiest cities to navigate because all the streets and avenues are in chronological order. The avenues start in order from the right side of the city to the left. And the streets begin from the souther most tip all the way up to the northern most part.
Rack up on free credits for taxi apps such as Uber, Lyft, Gett & Juno by referring people to use the apps.
Dollar pizza is a lifesaver after a night out. Or just one a day that you're too broke to afford anything else.
Visit free art galleries, museums on free nights, party with club promoters (if you're a hot girl you get free entry and drinks)
Network. Network. Network. You never know who you can be standing next to. New York is filled with amazing and interesting people. Go out and meet them!
Visit as many roof top venues as possible. The views are breathtaking.
Do NOT touch the rails or poles in the subway stations. Unless you want to catch something.
The unwritten escalator rule: The left side is for walking & the right side is for standing. Don't be that person standing on the left side.
The unwritten sidewalk rule: Always walk on the right side of the sidewalk. It just makes the traffic flow much easier.
Be the best at everything you do. If you don't, the next person might beat you to it. It's the dog eat dog mentality we're raised with.
I was inspired to write this post because every single day I have a battle with myself about loving and hating New York. I've lived here my whole life so at times I feel like I really need a different environment. Something with more trees, and clean air. Other times, I still can't believe the opportunities that living in NYC has brought to me. Over all, I'm beyond grateful to be able to experience all this city has to offer.