Post # 1
One of my best friends and her new husband are moving to NYC (from Sarasota, FL) in August. They have no connection there, they both just wanted to try it sometime in their life before kids. Yesterday they got back from signing their lease and are officially moving to the East Village. He’s keeping his job in FL (but they’re letting him work form home), and she’s just going to try and get any restaurant/bar gig to get settled. My question for you ladies (and men?) from NYC, is do you have any advice for 2 small town newlyweds who are about to make a go at the big City?
Post # 3
Oh how exciting for them! Well, I’d say probably the most important thing – and this is a trap that a lot of people fall into – is that, especially in an area with as much going on as the East Village, it is really easy to get in a pattern of eating out, going to bars, etc. too much. This will put a serious dent in your bank account! I know when I first moved I was going out all the time just because I went from not having anything to do to having everything to do. I wish I would have set some boundaries for myself in terms of how much I got food delivered, ate out at restaurants, went to bars, because before I knew it I had blown way too much money. It was fun, yes, but you’ve gotta be careful not to let the novelty of it and all the options you have get the best of you. Pace yourself! If I could do it over I certainly would have.
Post # 4
I know she already has that on her mind…she says she’s on the Ramen diet until she at least is employed :)!
Post # 5
My advice is for them to take advantage of the Trader Joes a few blocks to their north. Delicious food and among the cheapest grocery stores in that area. My other advice is for them to turn and run. New York is not cheap. Taxes are ridiculously high here, and the cost of living is extremely high. It’s an i-banker’s playground.
Post # 6
things to do:so many
NY times square new years eve (did it twice), macy’s thanksgiving parade (try to find a friend with abuilding that overlooks the parade thats what I did); off broadway(you can watch free if you volunteer to help), opera (some seats for $15–free shows in summer), halloween parade, central park concert series, nightlife, meatpacking nightlife; all the touristy things; seeing celebrities, watching a fashion show for free; shakespeare in the park, watching a TV taping; statue of liberty (watch free from free staten island ferry), street fair; all the night clubs –opal, nikki, kiss and fly, rooftop bars–230 fifth, rare view, empire rooftop, gansevoort hotel-the plunge, salon de ning at the peninsula hotel, restaurants (restaurant week) cafe de artistes, artisanal, ethos or anthos, the modern, david burke
so much much more
you can do a lot of things free, or at little cost
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
Ooh, how exciting! I absolutely love living in NYC. I’d recommend picking up New York magazine as well as Time Out New York – they have great listings of free and low-priced events. In fact, the latest issue of New York is their Cheap Eats issue (you can also see most of it online at nymag.com) – a great way to become acquainted with the city is through it’s cheap eats and hole-in-the-wall joints.
Post # 8
ive lived in nyc for 9 years and have had so many friends come and go. i feel like the ones who have enjoyed it most are those who are most open to change and just doing things a different way.
NYC is a COMPLETELY different place than anywhere else in the world, and if you come here thinking it will be the same, only funner, or sexier, or more carrie bradshaw, it may be a disappointment/frustration. New yorkers are tough for a reason!
it’s not that new york is better or worse than anytown, usa, but it is VERY different, and your friends should be prepared for a BIG culture shock. it’s a fun culture shock, but it’s a big one. and i think people who are happiest here, even if it’s only for a year or two, are people who realize it’s not going to be just like home and you have to embrace the city for what it has (practically everything!) and not what it doesn’t – believe me, i still miss the chicken fingers from my favorite restaurant “at home” but i also love a 3am falafel from mammouns.
thats my advice. be open to new things, be tough, appreciate how everything is different, and bring some good walking shoes!