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17 Things Literally No One Tells You About Living In NYC

The Big Apple isn't always sweet.

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1. 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.

Here's $5,000 I don't have.
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Here's $5,000 I don't have.

2. And unless you've got a great job lined up, living alone is probably out of the question.

The average price of a studio in Manhattan in April 2017 was $2,688 a month.
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The average price of a studio in Manhattan in April 2017 was $2,688 a month.

3. The 24/7 subway system is great in theory — but between delays and overcrowding, it's often a nightmare in practice.

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You'll find yourself bonding with strangers over your hatred of the MTA before you know it.

4. Seeing a rat for the first time underground is shocking — but it won't be long before you don't even bat an eye.

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5. Despite the cost, Uber will become a way of life.

Oh, you thought you were going to take the train home after a night out?
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Oh, you thought you were going to take the train home after a night out?

6. The city is full of cool attractions — like the freakin' Statue of Liberty! — that you won't visit till your family comes to town.

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7. But the skyline will never cease to be thrilling when you're crossing the bridge or flying back into town.

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8. 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!"

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9. Seamless will take ALL your money.

Kitchens in NYC are often tiny, and it's just so darn easy to order in.
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Kitchens in NYC are often tiny, and it's just so darn easy to order in.

10. Speaking of money, NYC will totally ruin your conception of what things *should* cost.

Oh, people in Middle America don't pay $6 for a coffee?
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Oh, people in Middle America don't pay $6 for a coffee?

11. 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.

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12. Relationships with people who live in different boroughs are non-starters.

You live in Bushwick, and they live in Harlem? I 👏🏼 don't 👏🏼 think 👏🏼 so 👏🏼.
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You live in Bushwick, and they live in Harlem? I 👏🏼 don't 👏🏼 think 👏🏼 so 👏🏼.

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13. Getting out of the city will keep you sane.

It's easy to get trapped in the city and never leave, but breaks are vitally important.
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It's easy to get trapped in the city and never leave, but breaks are vitally important.

14. Times Square is actually hell on Earth.

You'll avoid it at all costs.
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You'll avoid it at all costs.

15. New Yorkers get a bad rap for being selfish and rude, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

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16. It might take a while before it feels like you really ~belong~ here, before it feels like NYC is yours.

It's a tough city, no doubt about it.
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It's a tough city, no doubt about it.

17. 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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