Living in New York City isn't always easy. Although most New Yorkers couldn't imagine living anywhere else, including myself. It takes a certain amount of patience and resilience to live here. However, there are some ways to make the day to day life in the city easier.
1. MASTER THE ART OF PACKING FOR THE DAY
A typical day in New York can consist of many things; including work, a gym session, happy hour or even a night out to dinner and a Broadway show. Packing a bag for the day is essential. Because often times you don't have time to make the trip home in between activities. I usually carry with me everything from a change of clothes, dry shampoo, extra pair of shoes, make up bag, a book, hair brush and phone charger. Most places including restaurants have bag check so you never have to worry about having your hands full when out somewhere.
2. DRESS IN LAYERS
No matter the season here in the New York, you will often find yourself constantly stuck between hot & cold. Being that you will spend most of your time outside, you never know what the weather may bring. Wearing layers that you can remove or add is key. This way you can be comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside or even inside.
3. ALWAYS CARRY CASH
Although we live in the world of debit cards and Venmo. There are still many places in the city that ONLY accept cash. Bodegas, your favorite food truck and even some restaurants. Always carry cash, you never know when you may need it.
4. ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE RUNNING LATE
New Yorkers may often seem like they're in a hurry. And that's because more often than not, they are. Walking blocks and avenues, hailing cabs and chasing after the Subway is exhausting. No matter how much you plan ahead, you can't predict traffic or the MTA for that matter.
5. LEARN DIRECTIONS (CROSS STREETS)
When it comes to directions, New Yorkers go by streets and not addresses. Even when taking a cab, make sure to know the cross streets of your destination. Because chances are high your cab driver won't know the physical address if given by itself.
6. TIP YOUR DELIVERY GUY
The holy grail of New York City is delivery. You can get Chinese takeout, weekly groceries or even a bottle of wine delivered right to your apartment door. But having this luxury, means someone else is doing the work. Which often includes schlepping through the snow, rain and even up five flights of stairs. Make sure to tip accordingly.
7. FIND FREE THINGS TO DO IN THE CITY
It's no secret that living in New York is expensive. However, there is always something to do in the city and often times it can come with little to no cost. It's all about staying up to date on the latest events and FREE things to do in NYC. Year round there are free concerts, festivals, street fairs, free museum days and more that don't have to break the bank.
8. DON'T TAKE UP THE SIDEWALKS
New Yorkers walk with a purpose. And if given the chance they may in fact run you over if you're in their way. In order to avoid this, steer to the right when walking on the sidewalks, in order to let people pass you on the left. And NEVER stop in the middle of the sidewalk. Step to the side if needed so foot traffic can keep moving. This is basic NYC etiquette.
9. BE NICE TO THE SUPER OF YOUR BUILDING
The Super of your apartment building is essentially responsible for any and all maintenance. At some point or another you may need your Super for any one of these things: re-caulk your shower, kill a rodent or even help you get into your apartment after locking yourself out. So needless to say, it pays to be nice to your Super because you never know when you may need him to come to your rescue.
10. NEVER GET ON THE EMPTY TRAIN CAR
There is no worse feeling than when you realize that you just stepped into any empty train car. Leaving you with no choice but to wait it out until the next stop. Because it means one of two things: either there is a homeless person making that train car their home for the night or the A/C isn't working and you're going to be sweating for the next few minutes until you reach the next stop. Neither of which make for a pleasant train ride.
11. TAKE A CAB AFTER MIDNIGHT
Remember when your parents used to tell you, nothing good happens after midnight. Well, this applies to the Subway in New York City. Not only will it take you twice as long to get home, but you'll most likely have to sit next to the homeless guy or the girl who can't hold her liquor. Taking a taxi is totally worth the extra money spent.
12. MAKE TIME TO ESCAPE THE CITY
New York can take a toll on you with long work hours and the constant hustle of the city. So it's important to take advantage of any downtime you have. Whether you take a day to Netflix and chill, spend an afternoon at Central Park or book a weekend getaway, do it often.
What are some rules of living in NYC that you've adopted?