NYC Life Update: Tips & Survival Guide

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Well HELLO! It’s been about a year since my last post and I am so glad to be back in business! To be honest, Ohio wasn’t providing the inspiration I needed and I kind of slacked off (whoops!). I can’t explain how happy I am to be in my favorite city with all my closest friends. I’ve been here for a month now and it’s been very jam packed. I have to say, moving here was a lot harder than I ever expected it to be. I was very fortunate to have friends and family that helped me along the way.  Even though I lived here for a few months in 2017, it was a completely different experience because I wasn’t settling down for the long haul. I put together a little list of “need to know” things about NY that you might find interesting or helpful if considering a visit or even move!

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1.  Prepare to splurge on experiences

Obviously it’s a given that New York is more on the expensive side. Of course there are lots of free things to see in the city. Times Square, Central Park, World Trade Center, Financial District etc. But even though the tourist spots are fun, you want to see what makes this city exceptionally unique! If you’re into theater, you won’t regret seeing a show on Broadway. If you love getting the perfect shots for Instagram, look up tickets for fun pop-up shops in the city (I’ve linked a few going on now below). Don’t eat at chains!!!!! There are SO many amazing places to eat in New York, go to a fun themed restaurant or bar and save Olive Garden for any other night of the week. I completely understand a budget trip, but every dollar will be worth it!

 2. NY is very glam….but not all the time

This city does not run short of glittering events and gorgeous views. I spent this week working at the Marc Jacobs showroom for market week and it was awesome! I got to spend three days in the gorgeous showroom with different buyers from around the world and even saw Marc himself! Last weekend Alexander Wang had an open to the public fashion show in Rockefeller Center and we got to see him too. So crazy! But aside from all the glamour, this city is DIRTY. I mean real dirty. It’s so sad to see all the garbage, rats and public urination just about anywhere. It’s definitely hard to ignore, but just make sure you have a travel sized Purell with you at all times!

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3. If you’re moving, save a TON and plan ahead

 This might sound obvious, but I can’t emphasize it enough. I’ve lived in three different apartments before my current place and I’ve never had such difficulty. You need several months of rent upfront. If you don’t have a broker, you will most likely be subleasing with random people and bouncing like a nomad for months. If you don’t have a huge salary lined up, you’re going to need guarantors. Not to mention figuring out how you are getting all your things to the city! My roommates both brought Uhauls (don’t forget to consider parking $$$). My mom and brother packed up a car with my clothes and smaller belongings. My bed and furniture was ordered and delivered from Amazon. It kind of depends on what works best for you! Just don’t underestimate how time consuming and expensive it can be, especially if you are also looking for a job.

 4. Speaking of jobs

Nothing is worse than job hunting. It’s exhausting and can be disheartening. LinkedIn has been so helpful in finding great resume building temporary jobs while you search for a full time salary position. There are tons of huge corporations with their headquarters in New York, but also endless competition. Recruiters are super helpful in getting your foot in the door at large companies, and finding positions right for you. Staying positive is key, the right one will come along!

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5. Getting around

Subways may seem confusing but I promise it’s easy and it’ll save you a ton rather than grabbing an Uber/Taxi everywhere. Google Maps is my favorite app to use to find the best subway line or walking route. The biggest issue I had when learning the system is I didn’t pay attention to uptown vs downtown trains and would always be going the wrong direction. I can’t tell you how many times I ended up in Queens instead of going into the city. As long as you follow the signs to your line and go the right direction you’ll be good to go!

 Hopefully that was some sort of help! Even though I’ve spent a lot of time here before the move it still can be overwhelming at times. It’s a major adjustment but I don’t regret it at all. I’ve had a lot of people reaching out and asking questions, so feel free to DM me if you ever need any help or recommendations! I’m no pro but I think everyone should enjoy the city as much as I do (: Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk and I’ll be posting again soon!!

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