10 Things I’ve Learned Living in NYC


Welcome to my new segment, I thought since I was in the Big Apple, I really should document it.

Yes, I know I have only been here two weeks – BUT I’VE STILL LEARNT STUFF, and I’m sure this won’t be the only list during my year here.

Let’s get started.




Bed Bugs Are Rife 

The little b*stards will look for you, find you and kill you. (Complete exaggeration they just bite)

Apparently so easy to spread, they will ruin your life – for a short period of time – and there are actually dogs trained to sniff them out.




There Will Always Be A Happy Hour

Living here, you need this – as sh*t is pricey. When I was told a vodka soda and lime was going to be $14 I vowed to never drink another one this price again – this is of course is a lie because who can have just one? I did however tell myself – always find the nearest happy hour.

They are easy to find when you know where to look.




Rooftop Bars Are A Massive Thing Here 

And why shouldn’t they be? You are in the most photographed city in the world (made up fact but I’m pretty sure I’m spot on) so who wouldn’t want to drink and stare at it?

Look up, you’ll find one.




Don’t Forget Your Wellies 

I’m not kidding when I say the weather is very tropical here, and no you will never know when it is going to rain, and yes you will get soaked.

But hey, there’s something fun about watching cars soak people.

Fun memory – running from Hoboken to Newport in a thunderstorm, it was so bright it was like strobe lights.




1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue, Lexington Avenue – wait WHAT? 

The streets appear complicated at first, they are not and this is one of the most easy cities I have ever had to manoeuvre.

Yet to work out how long one block actually takes to walk and beginning to realise it is nearly always faster and easier to get the subway.

Not for the distance – oh no – purely for the amount of people who get in your god damn way.




Don’t Be A Tourist

If you look lost – you’re a tourist.

If you get in the way – you’re a tourist.

If the people who run the tour bus companies hand you a leaflet – you definitely look like a tourist.

I managed to not gain a leaflet around my first week, it’s the little things.




The Subway Law

I don’t know all the rules as of yet, but here’s what I have so far.

The conductor will always be in the front or middle carriage, this is where you will be safest.

There are holes next to the tracks that you can roll into if you accidentally fall down and a train is about to come – don’t jump back up you won’t make it.

There will always be someone shouting about something on a subway, at first scary, then you get used to it.

I genuinely like the NYC subway better than London (sorry London) – it has air con what more could you want?




Do Not Pee On The Street 

You will get arrested.

No I am not telling you from experience – but that would be hilarious – this fact was literally drummed into us at the beginning of our experience here.




Bottomless Brunch Is A Thing

You pay a certain amount (depends on the deal) to receive a meal and unlimited booze for two hours. They are everywhere, you will love it – trust me.

During my first bottomless brunch I started to get anxious because they hadn’t brought me a drink yet and half an hour had already passed – turns out I had nothing to worry about as you essentially have mimosa’s on tap. This was one of the most hilarious days I have had here – I imagine there will be more to come.




Carrie’s House is in Chains 

Sounds dramatic, but it’s not. I love Sex and the City, so one of the first things I wanted to do was go to Carrie’s house, the person who currently owns it has it chained up so you can’t go on or sit on the steps.

Good for them as I imagine they are fed up of the tourists, bad for us cause you’ll never get that classic Carrie pic.




I’m sure I’ll be back soon with another list, that is if I don’t get arrested for peeing next to a bin, run over by a subway or eaten alive by bed bugs.


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10 things I have learned living in NYC.


7 thoughts on “10 Things I’ve Learned Living in NYC

  1. What a brilliant list! It’s the first time I’ve seen a list of things about New York that haven’t been all the usual tourist info. I’m looking forward to reading more.

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