Life Travel

Living in NYC (3 months)

After a long road trip straight from Arizona, we arrived in NYC just 3 months ago.  As with any relocation there have been a lot of ups and downs.  We were temporarily living in a hotel trying to find an apartment quickly and because we had limited time, we saw only a handful before we finally chose one that was newly renovated in a nice, unique building.  

If you don’t live in New York City, you probably wonder what it would be like.  Any time you think of living somewhere new, it always sounds like it’s going to be amazing and perfect but there are aspects you will fail to consider (or maybe this is just me).  When I was about to move to Arizona, I fantasized about warm winters, constant sunshine, and wearing flip flops year round.  I failed to think about how 80 degrees on Christmas would feel depressing to a girl from Minnesota.  What about how a Colorado river toad or scorpion bite could kill my dog?  I failed to consider that the city would have very little culture (or good food) compared to the Twin Cities.

So, as a new New Yorker, who had never been to NY before, here is my review of New York City!

NYC skyline Central park


GOOD!  You don’t have to deal with driving and get more exercise by using transit.

NOT SO GOOD  Sometimes that means simple tasks take much longer.  Trains and buses do not always run on schedule and if you have to take more than one route you have to hope your timing works out.  It sometimes means your commute will take much longer.  Also, getting exercise by walking is great, except when it’s raining sideways.  Transit also means you often have to deal with panhandlers, a lot of other people invading your personal bubble, weird smells (read here), and obnoxious people and noise.


GOOD! Access to food.  I can literally walk across the street to pick up a pizza when I can’t decide what to eat.  I can order almost any cuisine I want delivered.

NOT SO GOOD  SomE neighborhoods have more variety and good tasting options than others.  Despite the assumption, not all NYC restaurants serve good food.  Some just get by.  To avoid frustration, grocery shopping takes planning.  Don’t try going to Whole Foods in the middle of the day on Sunday.  Everyone else, I mean everyone, will be there.  The stores are smaller and therefore you have less space to walk, move, and breathe.  Trust me, go to Whole Foods at 10pm on Friday.  It will be great.  Also, I mention Whole Foods because we did some research and found it to be the cheapest grocery store (I know you’re surprised).  Don’t even get me started on the local family-owned grocery stores.  I won’t go there unless I literally need one onion.


Overall, so far, I think I over-hyped the city in my head.  But, we have a lot more to explore.  We have yet to get to Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Broadway, Empire State Building, and so many other things that this city has to offer.


What about you?  What’s your favorite thing about NYC?  Least favorite?
If you live here, please share how long you’ve been in NYC!

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    March 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I would absolutely love to live in New York so this was a really nice review of what you have found it is actually like to live there.

    Kristy |

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      March 6, 2017 at 9:27 am

      I thought it would be super amazing too! And yes, there are definitely some awesome things about it and certain personalities that might like it more than others. If it’s your goal than work towards it!

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    March 3, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I am about to go to NYC in a few weeks time for the first time! I hope you are able to settle soon 😀

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      March 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

      I hope you have a great time! What is on your agenda – any places you *must* visit?

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    March 4, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for sharing!

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    March 4, 2017 at 4:22 am

    It’s probably such a unique experience moving to NYC! I always find it interesting to visit, but it can be so overwhelming. My favorite thing is definitely the food too! There’s so many good places everywhere you go!


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      March 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

      It’s definitely unique. There are positives and negatives, like I point out, and I’ll continue to do updates with my experience!

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    March 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    What an interesting perspective! My hubby and I would love to live in NYC, even if it’s temporary, just to get a sense of the city is like. It’s one thing to be a tourist and quite another to live there…

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      March 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

      It’s completely different!

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