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When You Were New To NYC Vs. Now

NO. SLEEP. TILL I GET HOME TO MY APARTMENT!

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Before: when someone invited you to a late-night party that involved three subway transfers.

Before: taking the subway home from everything to save money.

Now: If it's after midnight, it's CAB O'CLOCK.

Before: when someone invited you to Brother Jimmy's.

Before: You tried to cook a few nights a week.

Now:

Before: being APPALLED at your friend's crazy OkCupid stories.

Now: Nothing about dating in NYC shocks you.

Before: caring a lot about going to bars that are "cool."

Now: caring a lot about going to bars that are within two blocks of your apartment.

Before: being patient and nice on the subway!

Now:

Before: trying really hard to not eat at chain restaurants. This is NEW YORK!

Now:

Before: You cringed at that weird thing that just happened on the street.

Now: You barely even notice it's happening.

Before: being OUTRAGED about $12 cocktails.

Now: "Ooooh, not that bad. For Manhattan."

Before: You got sad every time you had to leave the city for the weekend.

Before: putting in effort to look OK if you have to run to the bodega. Or work.

Before: spending your off days seeing all the cool New York museums and landmarks.

Now:

Before: Union Pool.

Now:

Then and now: But yeah, it's still pretty cool living in the greatest city in the world.

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