This past week I’ve been reflecting on the differences between visiting New York – as I did for so many years for work – and actually living here. There are many, and a few become glaringly apparent in your first few days as a NYC resident.
Let me share the top three things you might not know about living in New York City:
1) All you do is walk. I can honestly say that I’ve walked more in my first week living here than I did in the past month in Washington. Not having a car changes absolutely everything. It is a huge lifestyle change and probably the most noticeable change for me personally. You have to walk for everything here – newspaper, coffee, dry cleaning, groceries. I love it, and find it very liberating!
2) People are friendly. There is a terrible misconception about New Yorkers, that they are unfriendly. Nothing could be further from the truth. Everywhere I go, people smile and say hello … the yoga studio, the coffee shop, Whole Foods, etc. After living in Washington, D.C., for 11 years, this is welcome a change! I find that people in NYC are much friendlier!
3) It is a 24/7 city. Dennis Duden, general manager here at The Chelsea, told me that New York City is "the service capital of the world." I have learned that you truly can get anything, at any hour. There is a service for everything – laundry, grocery shopping, dog walking, repairs ... the list goes on and on. The city's unofficial motto, “the city that never sleeps,” is very much real.
I am sure I will have more "things you might not know" as the weeks pass and I feel even more at home. Do you have anything that you would add to the list?
This is Cat. Until next time … another day, another discovery.