Let me guess, for some crazy reason or another you want to make it in the Big Apple. You dream to ride in a taxi down 5th Avenue, get your bagels at Murray’s, eat your pizza at Artichoke, wear a blue plaid suit, listen to jazz musicians waiting on the local 6 and pretend you didn’t see drug deals in Washington Square Park. I get it. I’ve done it, and for quite some time. I’m going to give you the honest truth of what you will always need to know about nyc;

So keep your hands and  feet in the roller coaster. 


1. Sense of direction. 

First thing you need to invest in a subway map. I know you may want to be Carrie Bradshaw and all, but just imagine how many of her scenes waiting at the tracks, made it to the cutting room floor. It’s a confusing city. The NYC transit is awesome. You can get anywhere for $2 something… (The price is steadily increasing.) A cab costing you x10 the amount. I promise you, it’s not as hard as think. Oh, and live performances, or/and unusual drama is always occurring. 


2. Using and hearing the word NO.

Immensely important, is the word No! If you plan on stepping a foot out the door, you’re already at risk of being fed to a pool of sharks. It’s the beauty of it, New Yorkers are some of the worlds best Hustlers.

Hus·tler- ˈhəslər/ nounNORTH AMERICANinformal

1. an aggressively enterprising person; a go-getter.

Locals can sell fire in hell. You either fall for their fast tongues or learn their language. Hearing the word no, it’s also vastly paramount to your absorbing journey. Old friends will think your absolutely kooky, your parents may assume you joined a cult, your boss may fire you…it’s all part of the fun! It won’t rain forever. Following your heart and being extraordinarily happy is momentous. Kick ass and Prove em’ wrong! 

 3. A good pair of sneakers or combat boots. 

You’re going to be doing a LOT of walking. 

 4. A very open mind. 

Don’t get intimidated, or panic. If that’s your personality, this town ain’t for you. The marvelous melting pot is sensational. Anyone can fit in. You can eat Kimchi on 32nd on Tuesday, and Halal on Madison on Friday. You can drink vodka sodas with Paris Hilton in the MeatPacking district, then dance with the Jamaicans in Harlem. You must wear a fabulous pink tuxedo one night and a gothic leather dress in the morning. Go to a Damian Marley concert in Central Park, or go see Phantom at the Oprah on Broadway.

It’s all how you really feel that day, I guess. 

 5. A club promoter or a local bar. 

You’re eventually going to need a drink or five. New York is cool for finding a place where the people are your crowd, and the drinks are cold (preferably free). If you do find your self in 1Oak on a Tuesday, do not get star struck! The real locals could care less if Drake is in the building.

Heed warning, do not party every night away!


6. An effective backpack. 


 7. The local grocery store.

Eating out everyday adds up! 



8. A Voice and a backbone. 

People will try to use you as a welcome mat. The weak minded last around a three weeks.

You have to not only be able to say NO, you have to prove you actually mean it. If something is unfair, speak up! Go for the job anyway. Don’t like what someone did, tell them. Ask and you shall receive. That’s a true Newyorker!


9. A craving for craftsmanship.

It’s unquestionably extraordinary that you can see Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, and Salvador Dali’s finest works just at the MoMa alone.

10. A good attitude! 

If you’ve lived here, you know first hand, New York has a noteworthy, unusual magic. Visiting just doesn’t cast a spell the way residing in the city their does. Be prepared to feel uncomfortable sometimes. It’s crucial in your growing experience. Just come with a good attitude and be open to Lady Liberty’s trance.

 BONUS. A great Deli guy

You have no choice but to make friends with the employees at your local deli. Need a great sandwich for a few bucks, hit them up 24/7 


Places and events at all costs AVOID: 

*Times Square everyday (Believe me I lived around the corner.)

*The Macy’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Day parade 

*34th street and Grand Central Park at 9 and 5 O’clock

*New Years Eve 

*New Years



What are some of your tips for newbies to New York City?


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