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    32 Truths Every Person Who Dreams Of Moving To NYC Understands

    No one can afford to live in Manhattan. We get it.

    1. People are constantly telling you how unaffordable the city is.

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    And they're right. But you're willing to live in a shoe.

    2. Everyone feels the need to inform you that the job market is FREAKISHLY COMPETITIVE.

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    Yeah... like the rest of America.

    3. Your mother is perpetually worried that if you move to New York, you'll get murdered.

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    So you'll take a self-defense course and get a Rottweiler.

    4. When people tell you there are cockroaches all over and rats the size of your feet, you're like, "All right, I'll deal."

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    Small price to pay for living in the greatest city on earth, don't you think?

    5. When you're stuck behind a slow walker, you're like, "This would never happen in New York."

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    Hurry up, I can feel myself aging over here.

    6. When people tell you to "tone it down," you think, "I'm meek, by New York standards."

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    So what if you love excitement and getting riled up about stuff?!

    7. You've already perfected your cab-hailing technique.

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    And you can't wait to never buy gas again.

    8. You've broken up with a significant other because they just "couldn't see themselves living in New York."

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    Sorry, babe, this isn't going to work out.

    9. And when you find yourself moving anywhere that isn't New York -- for a job, for a significant other, for no reason at all -- you're like, "Wait, what am I doing?"

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    Where AM I?

    10. You dream about being squished between sweaty strangers on the subway, because that means you'll really be a part of it.

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    Like a living, breathing, smelly Walt Whitman poem.

    11. You're drawn to the struggle, the hustle, the nearly impossible odds.

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    You even get a little thrill out of people laughing at you when you wax poetic about the City.

    12. You compulsively check Craigslist ads for the studio apartment of your dreams.

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    That's how you know you won't be able to afford a studio until you're 40, and you won't be afford to a place like this until you're dead.

    13. Whether it's Sinatra, Jay Z, or LCD, you have a New York City anthem that keeps you going.

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    Bitch, I'm in the 212

    14. You dream of wearing whatever the hell you want and having nobody give you a second glance.

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    Bill Cunningham, I'm ready.

    15. It's impossible for you to watch Manhattan without questioning your entire existence.

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    Forget Woody Allen, New York is the star of that film.

    16. You fantasize about your walks through the city at dusk.

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    I can almost hear "Rhapsody in Blue" playing in the background...

    17. You just know that "people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” Including you.

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    Damn right, Updike.

    18. Everybody tells you it's going to be harder than you think, and you're like, "That's exactly what I want."

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    Call me foolish, call me masochistic, whatever. Just call me a New Yorker.

    19. In your mind, there's no alternative. There never has been.

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    I mean.

    20. You dream of those Brooklyn rooftops with a view of the city skyline.

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    And if you're honest, your favorite part of Girls is the scenes where you get to see the city.

    21. When friends who moved to New York start complaining, you're like, "What were you expecting?!"

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    But secretly you look forward to the day you earn the right to complain too.

    22. You're convinced the only cure for your perpetual restlessness is the most restless city on earth.

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    23. No place on earth -- no other city, no natural landscape, nothing -- is more beautiful to you than the New York skyline.

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    Even if you've only ever seen it on the poster hanging above your bed.

    24. When you have a layover at Newark or JFK, you have to force yourself not to run out and hail a cab into the city.

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    Yep, that's the view from Newark at night. Irresistible.

    25. You've known you needed to move to New York since you were 12. Or like, in utero.

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    And every step is just a step on the path to New York.

    26. You've already plotted out your jogging route in Central Park.

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    And you know to only go jogging during the day.

    27. Hell, you're already chosen between the Yankees and the Mets.

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    And you don't even care about sports.

    28. You've done the math, and you know that once you make the move, there will be days, weeks, years when the only earthly possession you have to your name is the city itself.

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    And a giant tub of oatmeal for cheap sustenance.

    29. You know New York is filthy and filthy expensive and full of people who could never care less about you and your dreams.

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    30. You know that New York is gonna kick you in the guts and push you to the ground and tell you that you're not the only one.

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    31. You know in your heart that New York could not give less of a shit about you.

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    32. That's exactly how you know it's where you belong.

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