HOW TO ADAPT TO LIVING IN THE CITY
May 1st, 2018
Did you recently take up a new job in NYC or are you hoping to find one when you arrive? New York City can be an extremely overwhelming place, especially if you’re new to it. The hustle and bustle of fast-paced urban life takes some time getting used to. While it may be scary at first, it won’t take long before you fall in love with the artistry of the city, the plethora of food, one of a kind people, and the blend of beautiful cultures that make up the Big Apple.
Set Your Own Pace
Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers can be welcoming and friendly. Most of us have been in your shoes. New Yorkers are notorious for dreaming big and you can feel everyone’s ambition in the air as they walk. Feeling lonely, out of place, and like you’re not doing enough is an all too common occurrence. Remember to take a breath. Learn the New York City lingo, connect with others, make new friends, learn people’s stories, and most importantly, don’t worry about the progress of others.
Plan Your Outings
New York City transit will be your best frenemy. The subway in particular, may be a little scary at first. Learning what train to take is actually fairly easy; however, trains can often be delayed or broken down, so one thing to always remember is to plan your outings accordingly. Leave at least 15-30 minutes before you originally planned on leaving to make room for the unexpected. Reserve transportation options like cabs, Ubers, and Lyfts for late nights out.
Walking will become your best friend. Since there is usually always something wrong with at least 2 trains at a time, to avoid delays and being stuck on the train, walking is the best option. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes or buy some if needed, because you will be doing a great deal of it! This method of transportation is also the best way to see the sights up close. You’ll be swept away by just how big the city really is while keeping fit.
Explore the City
One of the easiest ways to get to know the city is by walking around and exploring. There are many wonderful treasures hidden around the city. It’s easy to come across an indie bookstore, hipster café, record shops, or hole in the wall restaurant that actually serves the best food in town. Take the time to just wander around your area and once you feel comfortable, begin expanding your journeys.
The most important takeaway, is learning to budget. It’s no secret nor surprise that NYC is expensive. Being cautious with how much money you are spending is probably the smartest way to adapt to big city life. When you first arrive, keep track of your expenses. A good tip is to check out lunch deals at almost every deli and restaurant, find roommates, and again, reserve cabs for late nights. NYC apartments are small. If you have some stuff you want to take with you, but don’t have space for, check out a reliable self-storage, which can save you money and let you keep those possessions.Serving Brooklyn and Queens, Treasure Island Storage has been providing affordable and reliable self-storage spaces for over 15 years. Being new to New York City is not easy. Let us help you get settled in by keeping your possessions safe. Contact us online today for more information.