I’m writing this post in the note section of my Iphone walking down Broadway. I see people running out of bakeries to catch the bus and others lounging outside the shop corner in lawn chairs- even in 30 degree weather. I see all skin colors and hear many different languages. Oops, just caught a mouthful of cigarette smoke to knock me back to reality of how much NYC…just like anywhere else…can suck. Then the smell of pizza wins my heart back again. This is literally my relationship with NYC. It’s a love-hate kinda thing. Definitely more love though. I loveee the food, the ability to walk everywhere, and the access to any and everything. I love being near the water, the friends I’ve made, the opportunities given, and the growth I’ve experienced. On the contrary, I hate subway smells & delays, people screaming nasty things for no reason, and that it rains a lot more than I expected.
If you ever want to move to NYC, I got two words for you. DO IT. Here are some things you need to know first.
- The weather is not perfect LOL. When it rains, it does not look like a lifetime movie with the girl running back to the guy to kiss him in a downpour. When you find yourself lost in Central Park in pouring rain without an umbrella (because the forecast says you don’t need one), you’ll know what I mean.
- NYC is SOOOO expensive. I used to get annoyed when people mentioned how expensive NYC was…until I moved here. No you don’t have to pay for a car, but groceries, taxes, rent, gym memberships, and food is way more expensive. A subway pass costs $120 for the month. For me and J, that’s $240 a month. The truth is, everyone I know that lives here HUSTLES. They have multiple jobs/gigs to cover expenses. A 450 square foot studio in Manhattan costs $1800+.
- NYC has the best pizza on Earth. Yes, this is really important and top 5 reasons why I wanted to move here hehehe. There are so many good places to eat and coffee shops to visit. We wanted to experience all NYC offers, and the best way to do this is through food.
- Everyone smokes. lol. Like everyone. You’ll see someone with an organic vegan smoothie smoking a cig.
- Nope, it’s not a complete concrete jungle. NYC is flooded with parks! Riverside, Central, Bryant, Washington Square, The High Line, Union Square, The Battery, etc. etc! So many beautiful parks.
- It’s perfect if you’re single! The main reason I say this is because you can split rent with friends or find people to split rent with. It’s always cheaper if you just have to worry about yourself. Being married, we don’t spilt our finances, so it doubled everything and we have to be really intentional about budgeting. Also insurance after 26 is no joke. #adulting
- Sell your car! We still have ours. Long story. But if you can sell your car or leave it with family, that’s the best option! Parking is expensive. Depending on where you live in NYC, it costs anywhere from $450 to $1000 monthly to park. The street we live on is less crowded, so luckily we have parking. But we have to move our car anytime street sweep comes by to avoid a ticket or tow truck. That’ll cost another $200!
- Save money and secure a job, even if it’s nothing serious. J & I wish we would have saved more money before moving. Mainly, you’ll need money for the subway, food, and a deposit for an apt (that can be quite a lot!). But you’ll also wanna play tourist for a little while…or the whole time you’re here if you’re like us ;).
- Experience everything you can. Museums, parks, restaurants, people, concerts, festivals, events, & holiday traditions! One of my favorite memories last year was going to see the balloons get blown up for the Macy’s Day Parade and heading to a cozy dinner afterwards.
- JUST GO. NYC is worth it. I told J the other day, that if our future kid wanted to go to NYC when they turned 18, I would 100% let them. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was 18. I was alllll about school and an education, yet struggled to understand my purpose. For me, immediately going to school and then grad school, without experiencing work or a city like New York, made it hard to find out what my purpose was or expose me to new opportunities I hadn’t thought about. (PS so thankful for my education and don’t regret it!). I’ve only been in NYC for 6 months and feel like this city has taught me SO much about myself. It’s also challenged me more than I ever dreamed.