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!
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!