Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Things I've Learned in NYC

  • People you don't know will say weird things to you that you don't want to hear, ignore them
  • NYC is the land of cheap manicures
  • You'll never eat or drink in all the places in this town but you should try anyways
  • You will meet so many people, decide which ones you like back
  • On the same note, turns out there are bad people in the world, you should watch out for those
  • Bank with Chase, you'll always have access to your $
  • There are more ways to get crosstown than the L, knowledge is power
  • Everybody in this town is frontin', don't buy it
  • Your metrocard is your passport, just don't store it near your credit cards
  • Duane Reade is both your best friend and your worst enemy
  • People ask where you live within the first five minutes of conversation, this is normal
  • They will also ask how much you pay in rent, this is also normal
  • It is a NYC sin to eat chain food, but who cares, just do it anyway
  • Avoid suits- unless you like hearing people talk about themselves
  • If it's too good to be true-it is, especially in real estate
  • It's a big, bad world out there, baby
  • You will miss home all the time
  • Coming here is exactly like starting a whole new life, be patient
  • Try to remember who you are over the thump of the bass
  • Stop comparing yourself
  • Filter your water
  • You can get away without having cable here
  • People will try to tell you that living here isn't worth it but this is when you get to be smug and say they "just don't get it"
  • You will spend so much money on food and cabs but it's usually worth it
  • Singular days will change how you think about things
  • You may not always want to, but when friends come into town, do all the touristy things they want to do, remember you were once new here too
  • Don't leave your phone in a cab, you can't always count on the kindness of strangers
  • You'll walk plenty, just eat it (whatever "it" is)
I am going to keep this list "live," and add to is as my life here unfolds. I think it'll be fun to look back on it and see what I still agree with, what I'd add to, and what I'd change. Suggestions? 

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