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A Helpful Guide To Making It In NYC For Every Personality

It takes a lot to make it in NYC — but the city is full of opportunities if you’re ready to seize them. No matter your interests or personality type, there are endless ways to feed your passion. Carve out your special part of NYC and make it here with Citi.

Central Park Bouldering — Worthless Boulder near 110th Street and various locations in Central Park, New York, NY

Courtesy of Discover Outdoors

If you’re looking to stretch your body and mind, bouldering in Central Park is the right place to start. This trendy NYC activity requires both physical and mental prowess, as you’ll have to solve “problems” as you climb. Make the city your playground and take advantage of its incredible outdoor spaces in a fun and unique way.

North and South County Trailway — Westchester County

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Long-distance exercise routines can be hard to accomplish in a gridlocked city — so these country trailways are a great weekend addition to your training schedule. The meticulously maintained trail spans over 30 miles, beginning just north of NYC. Take a day trip or do a weekend sightseeing expedition to the small quiet towns along the trail to get in touch with the surrounding communities.

Discover Outdoors — various locations around New York, NY

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Satisfy your need for adventure, achieve a sense of accomplishment, and connect with other adventurous New Yorkers by tagging along with outdoor adventure group Discover Outdoors. Their adventures range in difficulty and scope — you can discover NYC's local wilderness or, if you're feeling very adventurous, sign up for a trek through Patagonia.

Sofar Sounds — various locations around New York, NY

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Courtesy of Sofar Sounds

Expand your musical horizons and network with a diverse NYC music community with Sofar Sounds. This collective puts on events that give music enthusiasts the opportunity to see up-and-coming local artists in intimate spaces. Performers and locations are kept a secret until the day of, so prepare yourself for anything!

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) — 499 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY.

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Courtesy of BWAC

There's always more to discover in this multidimensional and inspirational city you call home. The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition has two synergistic missions: "To assist emerging artists in advancing their artistic careers, and to present the art-of-today in an easily accessible format." View exhibits in their 25,000–square foot gallery located on the beautiful Red Hook waterfront.

Brooklyn Brainery — 190 Underhill Ave., Brooklyn, NY

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Courtesy of Brooklyn Brainery

Take your interests to the next level with Brooklyn Brainery. These crowdsourced classes offer knowledge-hungry New Yorkers courses in everything from street photography to bookbinding. Unlock your full potential while connecting with like-minded individuals!

Hangawi — 12 E. 32nd St., New York, NY

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Courtesy of Hangawi Restaurant
Courtesy of Hangawi Restaurant

Looking for a peaceful place to catch up with an old friend or significant other over dinner? Come to Hangwai and leave your stress, noise, and shoes at the door. Follow this Korean vegetarian establishment's self-professed goal and "escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and experience tranquility that brings harmony to the body and mind."

MNDFL — 10 East 8th Street, New York, NY

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Prime your mind and set your intentions to achieve your goals for the week at MNDFL. MNDFL is New York's premier meditation studio, and its classes "exist to enable humans to feel good." MNDFL offers themed classes that cater to your specific needs — and even offers company packages to help employees grow together.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park — Roosevelt Island

Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, © Iwan Baan
Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, © Iwan Baan
Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, © Iwan Baan

Recenter yourself over the weekend or after a busy workweek by taking a quick subway ride to the recently completed FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. The park offers simplistic design and awe-inducing views of the city skyline. The perfect place to recenter yourself over the weekend after a busy workweek. For an even more breathtaking experience, take the Roosevelt Island gondola from midtown Manhattan.

Just Food — various locations around New York, NY

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Courtesy of Diana Liao

Join fellow New Yorkers in making your corner of NYC a healthier place to eat and live. Just Food empowers and supports community leaders in their efforts to make fresh, local food available throughout New York City through educating their neighbors in cooking and urban farming skills. Find your nearest community food project through Just Food's CSA locator or Farmers' Market Network.

Urban Harvest at Slow Food NYC — various locations around New York, NY

Courtesy of Erik Bardin and Matt Powell
Courtesy of Slow Food NYC
Courtesy of Slow Food NYC

Help strengthen your community by attending Slow Food NYC events, which support Urban Harvest. This program was established to educate New York City kids about how local, seasonal food is good for them, their communities, and the planet. Attend one of their monthly happy hours to network with community members and find out how you can help make a difference.

Brooklyn Grange — Brooklyn Navy Yard

Courtesy of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, © Anastasia Cole Plakias
Courtesy of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, © Anastasia Cole Plakias
Courtesy of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, © Anastasia Cole Plakias

Sustainable living is an important component of NYC's progress. Brooklyn Grange is the largest rooftop garden in New York City. It has something to offer everyone — from food workshops to butcher paper dinners. Learn about sustainable cultivation while taking in the beautiful Manhattan skyline.

These are just the start. There are countless places to find inspiration in NYC. Work hard, explore, and make it here with Citi.