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Are you looking to move to New York City? It can be a scary but exciting move! While I've shared 10 items you should invest in when moving to New York... I wanted to also give you some of my tips. Having lived here for 5 years, I have picked up a few things!
Don't live in a pre-war building. You'll run into lots of problems: no hot water, rats, elevators breaking down.
Central air is worth the cost. Hand-in-hand with the pre-war building warning. Air conditioning is so worth it especially when it's 95 degrees plus humidity.
Have two wardrobes: Winter and Summer. The weather changes on the East Coast are quite dramatic so it's hard to get by with one wardrobe. Many of us have two that we cycle out and put the other in storage.
Cabs. They are open when ONLY the numbers are lit up. It's common to tip between 20-25%. There are no seat belts so hold on.
Pedi-cabs. Don't take one. Ever. They are a complete rip-off.
Walking. Refer to my tourist post.
Avenues. They are much longer than a block. 6th Ave doesn't follow 5th. There's another avenue after 1st. It's very confusing.
Let people off the subway before getting on. No one follows this logic but I hope if I keep doing it that they will catch on. It hasn't happened yet.
Know your order. New Yorkers are always in a rush so if you don't want attitude be ready to order when you approach the counter or when the waiter comes to your table.
We are nice. New Yorkers get a bad rep. Just don't interrupt us if we have headphones on, look like we are in a rush to get somewhere, or are looking down at our phones frantically typing.
Explore! There's constantly things going on in the city so there's no excuse to be bored.