4.20.2013

R is for Real Life in NYC


Real life in NYC can be very different from what you see on TV and in the movies. This is a concept that's hard to accept for some non-New Yorkers. Especially in that first year or so of living here, I would get so many texts from friends and family saying stuff like, "I saw in Us Weekly that Kim Kardashian was in Times Square - WHERE WERE YOU??" People...I was working. At my job. You know...that thing you have to do in order to pay your rent every month? Yeah that.

There are also some things that a lot of people don't think about when they're like, "Omg after visiting for 2 days I want to live there too." For one thing, I'm sure your hotel was really nice, but if you moved here you will most likely be in a building that does not have central a/c. "Oh but it's cold up there right?" Well yes...in the winter. But in the summer? Those buildings act like an oven and I can assure you that being in an apartment with no a/c SUCKS. We have two window units and two fans and we're still not as cool as we'd like to be...plus all of those electronics make your electric bill double. Apartments here are tiny (again, unless you make a crap load of money) - less space for a family, less space for pets, usually no space for a washing machine and dryer, which means you have to take advantage of laundromats or hope your building has a laundry room somewhere.

Another thing: taxis vs subway. A lot of tourists love to take taxis everywhere because they're fast and you don't have to be confused by the subway. However, unless you live in Manhattan (which is more expensive) or have a job where you're making a crap load of money, you're not going to want to throw away your money on taxis all the time. You need to learn the subway system and take advantage of it. Not having a car payment and insurance payment is fabulous, but it can also feel constricting knowing that you're confined to NYC and however far the MTA will take you. For example, in order to get Chickfila I have to take a subway and bus ride into New Jersey that lasts at least 2 hours! Wanna take a weekend trip? You'll have to find a train or rent a car first.

Don't get me wrong...living in NYC can be glamorous if you take advantage of all that it has to offer and have a great group of friends that can resemble the ladies on Sex and the City or Ross, Rachel, and the gang. In fact, this past month or so has been so busy and so fun that I did kind of feel like I was living out a movie or TV show. However, the majority of the time my life is a lot like yours - I wake up earlier than I want to, go to work, and come home to try and figure out dinner. The main difference is that instead of driving to work I take the subway.

NYC is not for everyone. It's one of the greatest places to visit, but not everyone will want to live here. My husband likes to say that the city will chew you up and spit you back out if you let it and I tend to agree. But boy if you can manage to make it work here, it will really change your life.

16 comments:

  1. Both my husband and my daughter have been to NYC, but I have yet to visit there. Not sure I'd want to live there, though. I like big cities, but that one might be a little too big.

    Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

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    1. It's definitely big...but then when you continuously run into people you know, it starts to feel smaller. :-)

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  2. I'm definitely one of those people who always thought it would be great to live in NYC without having any idea of what it's actually like. Of course, I live in Australia so all of my impressions come from TV and movies, so maybe I can be forgiven ;D

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    1. You're completely forgiven of course. I equally have no idea what it might be like to live in Australia.

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  3. I can take about four days in NYC, and then I need my wide open spaces!

    I have thought that I could get a little oddly celebrity focused if I lived in either NYC or LA; bringing out the paparazzi side of me... ha. But soon I would imagine it would be like, so what!

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    1. A lot of times it's like so what, but then when you see someone that you just really love you kind of can't help but flip out! I often wish I didn't have to work so I could just wander around celebrity hot-spots. I'm aware I sound a bit like a stalker.

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  4. I'm enjoying your blog so much that I decided to "follow" you. So,hello, I'm Carmen and I'm your new follower. I found you on the A to Z Challenge blog hop list. You can find mine at http://heavenleiislandsofpeace.blogspot.com/ Visit IF you have some time. There are so many blogs to visit with this challenge! Anyway, I like your blog and I can't wait to read up on life in NYC - I live in farm country usa in Wisconsin! hahaha! The tallest building we have is the 4-5 story hospital in town! :)

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    1. Thank you for the follow! I'll definitely be over to visit. And the town I grew up in in Georgia sounds similar - our tallest building was our hospital too! Though some churches came close...it's the Bible Belt after all.

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  5. I just got back from NYC. It was a whirlwind trip- just one night. The cabs in NYC are much cheaper than in Boston and you are right about the subway being confusing to non-New Yorkers!

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    1. The subway definitely takes getting used to, but once it clicks it's a breeze! I hope you had fun on your trip!

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  6. I visited New York for the first time in the winter of 2008 and boy was it cold! I, like many others, fell in love with the city and I remember saying at the time, 'I'd love to live here'. But in hindsight, I probably wouldn't. I've never been that much of a city gal... not really. I'd miss the peace and quiet of the countryside. I'd love to go back for a visit though. I loved the ambiance there... it was something else.
    Suzy Turner, YA Author

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  7. Living In NYC is my dream! :)

    -Fellow blogger from A to Z!

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  8. I loved living in NYC in my 20s. Now with a child and in my 40s, it's a different ballgame! She was born in NYC and I hope she wants to go back and chase some dreams there someday.
    Jess/ Blogging on the Brink

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    1. My husband and I talk a lot about kids and if we want to raise them here (the answer is yeah, we think so) and if we do, which part of the city, should we get a car, etc., etc., etc. Raising a child here would definitely put a whole new spin on things!

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