Friday, February 6, 2015

Survival Tips for new NEW YORKERS

Moving to New York can be a big change, at least it was for me.  Every so often I would like to share with you some tips that I wish someone had told me when I first moved to the city.

 1. Always Check the Weather before you leave your apartment (Use Weather Apps and Windows)
I live in a walk up. On the fourth floor of a walk up to be precise. There have been many days where I look out my window and it doesn't look like its raining, yet as soon as I walk down the four flights of stairs and open the front door, I discover its raining and have to run back up and down four flights to fetch my umbrella.

2. Invest in An Umbrella
Sure, on rainy days there will be street peddlers that seem to appear out of nowhere to sell umbrellas.  These are great in a real pinch, but will most likely not last for more than that storm. So I always try to carry an umbrella in my bag just in case.
I bought this one in a different color and have been very pleased with it. Plus it was pretty affordable. It gets very windy on some streets in New York, the buildings create quite the wind tunnels, so its important to have an umbrella that can withstand the rain and the wind!

3. New Yorkers love Fireworks
 I expected the 4th of July Fireworks, those were a given, but I had no idea there were huge fireworks shows over the city on Halloween and New Year's Eve.  When I was returning home from work on Halloween, I emerged from the subway to hear horrifying booms and bangs.  I really had no idea what was going on.  I thought the city was under attack with the way the booms echoed off the buildings. Its really like nothing I have ever heard before. It was not until I noticed that no one else was freaked out that I relaxed and went to seek out the fireworks. After walking east a few blocks I was treated to a beautiful fireworks show over Central Park.

Next week, I will discuss some tips to make commuting on the subway a little easier.

Hope these help!
~megan

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