For anyone who's lived in NYC, what are some things I need to know if I ever move there?
I mean stuff the tourist guides won't tell you that one should know. And stuff that's relevant to a mostly-broke post-grad would be great, but general knowledge as well.
I once read somewhere that NYC is a place where you can get anything, anywhere at any time...that sounds about right.
Definitely become acquainted with the various neighborhoods as best as you can. In other words make some traveling time to do a reconnaissance of neighborhoods you think you would enjoy living. NYC has so much to offer in terms of diversity, culture, the arts, schools,parks, social activities. Each borough is like it's own microcosm of varied interests and hodgepodge of culture and ethnic customs, language and food. Soak it all in as there are few places that match the energy, vibe and people. I lived in Astor place village,Spanish Harlem, Chinatown, Jamaica/Queens..etc Many memories and all were memorable good and bad. Word to the wise, you will get street smart fast and security conscious especially using mass transit and on any late night rendezvous.
Enjoy and stay safe in the city that truly never sleeps!
found this while i was hubhopping and thought of you. its not NYC but may be helpful http://hubpages.com/hop/#/How-to-Move-to-a-New-City
If you want cheap tickets to a Broadway show go to the TKTS booth at South Street Seaport. All of the tourists go to the showy TKTS booth in Times Square that you have to wait in line for a long time to buy a ticket. The TKTS booth at South Street Seaport is on a small side road and the longest I ever had to wait in line was a half hour. Often I could buy tickets in as little as 5-10 minutes.
Also during the summer there are plenty of free events going on in the parks that you can find plenty of entertainment on a poor student's budget.
And you must try bagels and black and white cookies. Also as a poor student it would be best to look for housing in the outer boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. I'd actually recommend Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens in that order. Staten Island can be difficult to get on and off of without a car. If you want to have a car then the Bronx would probably be the best borough to live because you'd be on the mainland and it'd be easy to drive to wherever you want to go if you want to leave the city. The problem with Brooklyn and Queens is they are on Long Island and it's a real pain in the butt trying to get off Long Island if you're driving out of state. If you don't plan on having a car then Brooklyn and Queens would be fine places to live.
One interesting tidbit about NYC is certain neighborhoods need cars and certain ones you don't. Despite NYC having a fabulous public transportation system there are some neighborhoods that are in public transportation no man's land and it can be time consuming to get to the subway.
Born and raised in NYC, been here most of my life. Learn the subways!!! They are the very best way to get around the city.
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