You’ve unpacked the last box from the moving van. You’ve set up your bed. You’ve double checked that your locks work. Congrats! You’re officially a New York City resident. So now what?
We polled a few friends for advice on what a newcomer to NYC should do once they get settled. Here’s what they had to say:
- Hop on the train and get a little lost. Getting lost in all of the tiny pockets of culture that New York City has to offer can lead to a million different adventures. - Danielle at LivingFreeNYC
- I think everyone should visit my favorite restaurant in New York City: Cafe Habana. - Nickie at HauteGoodGirl
- Learn the subway. It’s a breeze once you get the hang of it, but those first few weeks can be a nightmare if you decide to play it by ear. - Mikey at Paper Rox Scissors
- If you’re on a budget, realize that there’s tons of free stuff you can check out. Figure out what you’re into and Google away. - Roni Weiss
- First thing I always tell new residents is to know where your local hospital, grocery store and cleaners are. Learn the lay of the land. - Eula Young
- Each weekend walk down a different Avenue from Central Park to Battery Park. Pay attention to the buildings and parks you pass. Learn what is in the different neighborhoods. - John Z Wetmore at Perils For Pedestrians TV
To this we’d also add, say yes. If someone asks you to hang out or grab a bite to eat, don’t act like you’re too busy or worry that you’re not cool enough. Insert yourself into people’s routines and keep saying yes until you’re so overwhelmed with plans that you need to start saying no.
Oh, and pick up a real NYC slice. You can thank us later.