10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to NYC

New York City Skyline at Night
10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to NYC

New York City is not only one of the premiere cities in the United States, it is one of the greatest cities in the world. NYC is a hub of art, music, theater, finance, and the gateway for international visitors into the rest of the country. Whether you’re considering moving to Manhattan for work or an incredible adventure, you’re in for the experience of a lifetime. Your day-to-day existence will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. 

To better navigate this new (and sometimes strange) city, get to know these 10 things about NYC.

1. Forget about finding an apartment with ample square footage.

Bid a fond farewell to spreading out; a bedroom where you can’t touch both walls at the same time is considered roomy. And closet space? Ha! You’re adorable. You’ll soon be storing sweaters in the oven because it’s literally the only space left at your disposal. But there’s good news! You can turn to Box Butler to store all of your extra things. We can get your sweaters and coats out of the way in the summertime, hold onto your bicycle and all of your warm weather clothing when September ends, and help you add more breathing room. See how well we can help you for little cost.

Choose your neighborhood carefully.

Expect to be categorized as an East Sider or a West Sider. It will quickly come to define your very existence. But it doesn’t stop there. Every neighborhood in Manhattan has a unique subculture and sense of pride. Be aware of this when you’re considering where you will live. And because commuting across the city is difficult, everybody pretty much spends any social activities on one side of the city or the other, so it’s important to realize that your neighbors will be the kind of people you’ll be hanging out with (or hiding from). For the most part, young people flock towards Chelsea, East Village, Greenwich Village and Hell’s Kitchen, while families and quiet types generally wind up on the Upper West Side. Choose wisely.

It’s Pronounced HOUSEton, not HYEW-ston

It’s a crucial point of reference when traveling through the city. You have no doubt heard references to SoHo, which refers to the area south of Houston Street, while NoHo encompasses the area just north of the road. The quickest way to expose yourself as an outsider is to mispronounce Houston Street. Don’t pronounce it like the city in Texas. Just don’t.

Silence is perhaps the most elusive commodity in New York.

Learn to love the sound of traffic. Morning, noon and night will bring a symphony of honking horns, disgruntled drivers making their voices heard, and engines in dire need of new mufflers. Let the noise wash over you and embrace it. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Invest in a great pair of walking shoes

You will burn plenty of calories hustling along countless city blocks on any given day. Forget the stylish footwear devoid of support, drop some dough on a pair of high quality walking shoes and your journey on foot from the Fricke to Battery Park will be a breeze.

Avoid Times Square at All Costs

Times Square is meant exclusively for tourists, and therefore, it should be avoided whenever possible. Seventhth & Broadway is a nightmare that no denizen of New York will suffer intentionally. Be ready to detour several blocks just to steer clear of this loathed location.

Riding the Subway is Better than Any Broadway Show

Every time you descend into the subway tunnels, prepare to be treated to some of NYC’s most unique offerings. All the various oddballs of every stripe manage to converge in one magical place: the subway system. Have a seat and enjoy the show. Before you know it, these shows will be normal city sightings. Pretty soon you will find yourself unaffected by an impromptu show by a break dancing troop on the 7 train, or an off-key Taylor Swift rendition by a 60-year-old with an orange wig on the 5.

Get Out of the City from Time to Time

While city living is endlessly exciting, it can be exhausting. Your hectic, demanding schedule isn’t going anywhere, so you occasionally should. Have Box Butler drop off your bicycle and get away to Montauk or Long Island for some fresh air and relaxation. Recharge alone or with friends and return to the city newly invigorated and ready for action.

Expect to Get Bumped Into Regularly

Personal space is something that exists outside of the City, and you will quickly learn to not take getting bumped into personally. And if you’re from the Midwest, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you stop apologizing to the other person, because who in New York has the time?

You’ll become addicted to food you’d never heard of before.

While you’ll forever remember the first time that you dab off the grease on a massive slice of Famous Original Ray’s New York pizza and sink your teeth into its heavenly goodness, New York is a mecca for amazing cuisine from the far corners of the globe. Whether it’s bibimbap with bulgogi from the Cho Dang Gol, bolanee kachalou from Ariana Afghani Kebab Restaurant or doro alicha from Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, your taste buds will never be the same. You will soon wonder how you survived this long without these amazing international flavors.

Somewhere there is a bar that roots for your hometown team.

Are you a lifelong Denver Broncos fan? Can you not stand the thought of betraying your love for the Atlanta Hawks? Good news, new citizen of New York—you don’t have to root for the Yankees or the Jets or the Giants or the Mets. Hop online and a quick search will direct you to a bar dedicated to your home state’s sports teams.

Saving money while living in Manhattan isn’t really a viable option.

Unless you plan on living on crackers and water, putting a little something aside at the end of every month or repaying student loans is nothing more than a pipe dream. Living on a budget is no longer viable when you become a New Yorker.

One of the best tricks for creating more space in a small apartment is to hang mirrors strategically.

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By Jake Hamilton | Last updated on September 7, 2016