(Closed) NYC brides or whoever wants to read this!

posted 7 years ago in New York City
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Helper bee

@marriedtoagreatman: well i dont live there but i grew up right across the river and i bascially have gone there every weekend for 100 years lol

 its expensive, apartments (depending on where you live), shopping, everything.

 theres always something to do at every time of day or night, you can find me at 4 in the morning munching on some chinesse food in china town yumm πŸ™‚

i would say that if you arent an aggresive driver then DONT drive in the city, the cabs will eat you alive lol, the best way to get around is by subway because there really isnt paking anywhere anyways.

all in all it has the good and the bad but its an amazing city, some times takin for granted because since ppl live in the city, or those who live a 15 min train ride away they tend over look what others would love to see. you should really come visit there is always a good time πŸ™‚

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I also don’t live there (although contemplating) however I’m in the city every week.

Its an amazing collaboration of different cultures, of everything good and evil, of amazing and disgusting smells, and people standing around looking up while other people dart and speed walk around them. 

It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like going to NY because its so busy and there is always so much going on over there! It truly is the city that never sleep because even way into the night if you are in certain parts of manhattan you would think it was the middle of the day with all the bright lights and people walking around that late..

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m biased, but it’s pretty much the best city in the world (and I’ve lived in quite a few different cities).  Large enough for anyone, and I mean anyone to find their niche.  The best food, the best architecture, interesting people, and cultures abound. To me, nothing beats the Manhattan skyline, and my favorite spot on earth is Brooklyn Bridge Park at night, where you can just gaze across the river at the skyline.

Also, hurricanes and freak blizzards aside, the weather is usually pretty nice πŸ˜‰

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I lived there for awhile, and now I live in the midwest. It was culture shock for me initially – the  way people think and their ideals are so different from the rest of the country. I found a lot of the people to be very career-oriented (and I come from very family-oriented midwest).

But you just have to find the right group of friends to get in with and then it doesn’t matter so much.

It’s really expensive, all living expenses (I lived on LI, less than an hour from NYC), food, gas etc. 

But it’s certainly gorgeous. I loved Robert Moses and Jones beach, it was my favorite place to be in the summer. The awesome thing about LI and NYC is that there is always something to do. I went into the city several times a month, and made sure I visited classic places like the Met, SoHo, etc. Shopping on 5th Ave is incredible.

It’s really noisy, and driving is insane – like the other bees said, don’t drive – take the subway/taxi, I drove into the city once and it took an hour of driving around just to find someplace to park. 

Central park is great, I could walk around central park all day and not be bored. 

There is so much to do. But it really is so different from any other place in the world. Long Island was a nice substitute for the city, for me anyway. I am not a fast-paced, busy person. So I liked having the slower pace and the greenery and “family-feel” of Long Island to live in. 

I am so glad I had the experiene to live there, and if I could afford it, I’d consider moving there again. But I have to say I prefer the small-town life that the midwest gives me, and I missed my family πŸ˜‰

But my husband grew up in NY and his family is still there, so we still visit and talk to them a lot. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I always woundered what it would be like to live in a small town, I am born and raised in Southern California…..

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m living in what is technically NYC, right outside of Manhattan. I think the best way to describe it is that NYC is a fast pace of life, in every regard. People walk fast, they expect their meals fast, the traffic is fast. I love being able to eat food from any country in the world a short distance away. I love going to speakeasies and getting the best cocktails. I love the shopping here, especially going to sample sales. I feel like the best people watching happens here, especially on the subway. The only downside to NYC for me would be the smell of certain bodily odors on some of the subway stations.

Fiance is very adament about moving to another state after a year or two. I’m kind of nervous about living in a suburban town.

Post # 10
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Newbee

I live in Long Island just outside of Queens. I probably go into the city biweekly and I really do enjoy New York. I was born and raised in SoCal, and lived here and there because of the military lifestyle. I do, however love New York (except the a-hole impatient drivers). This place is so diverse! I’ve lived here for a year and I’ve tried every cuisine in the world, or at least it feels that way, lol. Oh, and hands down, New York has theeeeee best pizza I have ever eaten. I will never eat dominos or papa john’s ever again.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I live in Manhattan, but uptown, in Harlem, and I work right in Midtown.  Times Square is what a lot of out of towners think of when they think NYC (I know I did before I moved here!), but let me tell you – most residents avoid it like the plague.  It is basically a big flashy tourist trap, with a bunch of crappy and overpriced food. 

Once you get out of Times Square though, NYC is awesome.  There are endless food options, and there is always something going on.  The shopping is wonderful (including bargain shopping), and some things are actually cheaper here,  Froexample, I get my eyebrows done monthly, and it only costs $6 a pop!  Drinks may cost more on average, but there are always drinks specials, and open bars pretty much nightly, if you know where to look πŸ™‚  The people watching is also priceless.  There are tons of parks, not just Central!  High Line Park is relatively new, and amazing – it is built on an old elevated train line, and is just awesome.  I also love just wandering around and discovering new streets (or neighborhoods!) I’ve never seen before. 

I just love it here, and all the downsides mentioned by PPs are definitely outweighed by the positives for me πŸ™‚

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I grew up right outside the city.  My dad was born in Manhattan, my mom was born in the Bronx.  We were in the city all the time and I still have family there.

 

Someone did a study that showed that most people in the city do most of their eating and shopping within 8 blocks of their home.  I can completely believe that.  My aunt walked about 7 blocks to work, shops at a grocery store two blocks from her home, and can walk to almost every kind of restaurant and service.  This is why I adore New York. 

I travel a lot for business and I find NYCers (outside fo the tourist areas) to be extremely nice to visitors.  When my aunt lived in mid-town, she offered directions to anyone with a map.  She felt is was her job in her neighborhood.

 

I always assumed that I would live in NYC when I was an adult and I’m kind of surprised that I don’t.  That lifestyle does affect me now, though.  I refuse to live anywhere where I am dependent on a car to get around.  I have a car, but I live within walking distance of work and shopping.  I can’t imagine having to drive for the paper or a cup of coffee.  πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Crazy, Fun, EXPENSIVE, hard to get bored, BUSY, fashionable, loud, VERY fast paced!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

@playingdaisy:  

Don’t be scared! My college friends and I are mostly born and raised New Yorkers (haha, what can I say, it just happened that way!) and our college was in Western MA, surrounded by small towns, farms, nature, and we loved it! We all miss the peace and quiet. It was definitely hard settling in, but if you’re used to keeping yourself busy in the city, then you’ll find ways to keep yourself busy elsewhere. 

I definitely love the convenience of NYC, being able to walk anywhere, and the public transportation. But I did have a car in college, and I loved driving my car and driving far out to explore what else was out there. The air smelled so good, and it was nice to just go for a drive and admire the beauty of nature and relax from all the stress. When I first got back to NYC, I felt a little suffocated because I didn’t have a get away from the hustle and bustle. 

OP, I live in lower Midtown East. It can be expensive, living in NYC, depending on the way in which you choose to live. There are many people whose dream is to live it up like they see on tv, and they live bill to bill, spending all their money on the expensive lifestyle. But NYC is so big, and so diverse. Not everyone in NYC is wealthy, so there are definitely cheaper options. Things are always going on sale, so very rarely do you need to pay full price for something when a big sale is coming right around the corner. There’s always deals online for restaurants, and there are plenty of cheap and good food options as well. I think that’s something that’s essential to New York, which is that with all the grandeur and nice restaurants, there’s also a need for good, quick and cheap food. 

Sometimes … New York can be really annoying. I miss the romance and history of New York. New developments can be really exciting, but I reminisce about New York of the past, like Miracle on 34th st. There is all this exciting stuff to do, but sometimes I wish people would slow down and look at their surroundings and not be so obsessed with owning the same LV purse I see on every corner, or going out and partying all the time. It’s why my favorite time of the year is holiday season, when all the decorations are up. People slow down a little, and I think they’re nicer and seem happier, and it feels most like home.

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