17 Things Literally No One Tells You About Living In NYC
The Big Apple isn't always sweet.
The cost of rent won't actually hit you until you owe a month's rent + your security deposit (+ maybe a broker's fee) up front.
And unless you've got a great job lined up, living alone is probably out of the question.
The 24/7 subway system is great in theory — but between delays and overcrowding, it's often a nightmare in practice.
Seeing a rat for the first time underground is shocking — but it won't be long before you don't even bat an eye.
Despite the cost, Uber will become a way of life.
The city is full of cool attractions — like the freakin' Statue of Liberty! — that you won't visit till your family comes to town.
But the skyline will never cease to be thrilling when you're crossing the bridge or flying back into town.
People back home will always ask you, "Do you love it?!" before saying, "It's a great place to visit, but I could never live there!"
Seamless will take ALL your money.
Speaking of money, NYC will totally ruin your conception of what things *should* cost.
Sure, Carrie Bradshaw told you, "In New York, you're always looking for a job, a boyfriend, or an apartment," but you won't realize what that constant pursuit feels like till you're here.
Relationships with people who live in different boroughs are non-starters.
Getting out of the city will keep you sane.
Times Square is actually hell on Earth.
New Yorkers get a bad rap for being selfish and rude, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
It might take a while before it feels like you really ~belong~ here, before it feels like NYC is yours.
But as John Steinbeck once wrote, "Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough." ❤️🗽
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