10 Things I’ve Learned About Living In NYC

I have been living in NYC for almost two months now and in my time here I have learned a thing or two about the city life. If you are ever planning on being in the city, here are a few things you should keep in mind before you come. Maybe it’ll better prepare you!

1. Don’t walk too close to the buildings on the sidewalk unless you want a small shower every few steps from the AC vents above your head. The buildings of New York are lined with old AC vents that drip on a non-stop basis. So, if you’re not looking for a shower while walking down the sidewalk stay away from the buildings. The lack of shade is worth it. giphy


2. If you go to dinner and your friend decides to buy the lobster entree and four drinks to wash it down you too will be paying for it. In New York they don’t do separate checks, they only split it. If you’re looking to buy an inexpensive meal you better make sure your friends are on the same page.



3. Don’t be tricked into pressing the automatic 20% tip button in the cabs. Half the time, cab drivers are crazy, rude, and inpatient so why give them a whopping 20% for being an ass? Just type in the amount you want to tip, I’m sure that’ll be plenty.



4. It’s okay to take home the four veggies still sitting on your plate. Meals are so expensive here so you should get every pennies worth out of your food. Don’t feel bad about asking to take home what looks like scrap foods. It’ll get thrown in the garbage anyways so why not store it in your fridge for when you’re in need of a little snack?!



5. If you look even somewhat presentable you will get comments and hard core stares by every construction worker and truck driver. And yes, it will appear as if they are unclothing you as you walk by and yes it is as uncomfortable as it sounds, but you just have to pretend they don’t exist. Girls, whatever you do do not make eye contact!




6. Uptown is great for meeting old people who have a ton of money, so not my thing being that I’m in my 20s. Midtown is great for meeting business men who work too many hours a day and hit on any woman they see because they’ve been in business meetings all day with tons of other sweaty guys in suites. Downtown is great for meeting extremely stylish hipster guys who could possibly be gay, so you probably won’t marry him but you can become best friends.



7. If you go shopping and you’re spending over $110 make two transactions. Under $110 there is no sales tax! Save some money for a martini afterwards to celebrate your great purchases.



8. Rooftop bars are the coolest and best things that ever existed. Not only do you escape the heat and humidity, but you get an awesome view of the city. Get there early to watch the sunset and enjoy happy hour prices.



9. There is a big difference between local subway trains and express subway trains. On a local train it may take you 30 minutes to get from point A to point B but on an express train you may end up in Harlem in 20 seconds. Be careful about which one you get on, there is a HUGE difference.



10. There are so many places to get great free entertainment, especially in the subway stations where there are homeless people galore singing songs. I’ve found that “Lean On Me” is a favorite. Watch out that you don’t get on the same train car as them because it doesn’t matter if they are the best singer or the worst singer, in the entire world, they will continue to sing for the entire ride with no shame.



I’m sure that if I had more time here I would learn plenty more, but so far these are my big tips that I have for anyone traveling to the big apple. It is the most exciting, interesting, and money draining city I’ve ever lived in but I can’t get enough of it.



Two Decades

When I was a little girl I would lay in bed with my eyes wide open, full of anticipation for my birthday the next day. I hate mornings, but I would wake up at 6AM ready to start my big day! The only problem was that I had such high expectations, and some years it would live up to them, but some years it wouldn’t.

I knew that this year my birthday would be different and better than all the rest because I would be spending it in the city I love the most. I had no preconceived ideas of how the day would go, I just went with the flow because I knew that no matter what I did it would be great.

We counted down the minutes till it turned midnight on June 14th! My roommates lit the only candle we have in the apartment and came out of the kitchen singing to me with the candle and a shot glass in hand. The fact that it was the pink pomegranate candle from Urban Outfitters made my birthday night so much more special.

That night, we just barely made it into the bar. Thank god for Chelsea’s convincing words because the smeared check marks on our hands looked suspiciously smeared… I got a few birthday shots at the bar and then after some time we decided it was time to go home. Well, not really time for bed but time for pizza.

I have decided that I’m going to start making a list of my completely bizarre pizza choices. That night I order a slice pizza with pasta on top (as if pizza by itself doesn’t already have enough carbs) and a slice of Sicilian (because once again, regular cheese pizza just doesn’t have enough carbs…).

I woke up hours later completely full and with a slight headache. My best friend, Chelsea, and I had plans for the day though so I knew I couldn’t sleep in. We went to breakfast at the beautiful Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar. The waiter joked that we were more excited for our glasses of water than our mimosas, and it was true. We were also still so full from pizza the night before that it was hard to finish our entire brunch. We had leftover berries and because NY is so expensive we were jokingly saying that we would ask for a to-go box. The best part was that the waiter actually asked if we wanted a to-go box. At first too embarrassed to say yes, we shook our heads no but quickly changed our minds so that we could keep the ridiculously overpriced raspberries and blueberries.

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The rest of the day consisted of shopping in SoHo and picnicking in Central Park. Lounging on our bed comforter turned picnic blanket, we soaked up the sun and caught up on everything from the past year. I cut slices of pickles with my teeth, every bite Chelsea lost half of the contents in her sandwich, because it was a mile high, and we tried not to flash everyone around us and we sat in our dresses on the ground. We tried to be as classy as possible but we’re not sure it worked out so great…

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For dinner we went to The Smith in East Village. I had the most delicious passion fruit rum cocktail and for dinner split a lobster salad. Once we we had stuffed ourselves to the point of explosion, we were handed a dessert menu. Since it was my birthday we decided we had to get just one little thing to all split. The mini carrot cake donuts with cream cheese frosting were screaming my name so we decided on that. It came out with a candle and happy birthday lollipop stuck in the middle. The waitress also came bearing four FREE glasses of champagne. It was the perfect way to celebrate my entrance into the next decade of life!

After a wonderful dinner of eating, drinking and laughing so hard we almost peed in our pants, we were headed to Marquee night club. It has always been my dream to go to a place like this to dance and be surrounded my the hippest posh people of NY. I felt like royalty showing up to the place and skipping the long loser line that wrapped around the corner of the building. We got to cut all the lines because my roommate, Callie, had some connections, which Chelsea and I now have too.

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Everything was so great, except the price of the drinks. Thirty-two dollars for TWO cranberry vodkas. 3-2 dollars for TWO drinks, only two! I was always told NY was expensive but experiencing it first hand is way different. Finding the club promoters table was a miracle because then it meant free drinks for us and if I could save $13 on every drink me and my wallet were VERY happy.

Our time here was cut short though when Callie decided to cool herself – and everyone around us – off. One second the drink was completely full in her hand, the next she was throwing it up in the air, and the next second she was proudly holding it upside down to show that it was empty. Unfortunately the bouncers didn’t find it as funny as we did and kicked us out of the club… It was probably time to go home anyways. Oh wait actually, time to go to pizza is what I mean.

Once again I picked the strangest pizza in the place, deciding on the slice with grilled chicken and ricotta cheese. Seriously, who know why I pick this stuff?! But I must say it was delicious! Or so at the moment that’s what I thought.

So after a long and extremely fun filled exciting day the three of us stumbled back to our apartment for a good night of sleep. I have to say thank you to everyone who made my birthday one of the best yet and a very big special thanks to Chelsea and Callie for giving me a birthday I’ll never forget!

I can’t wait to see how the rest of this summer turns out because so far it has been unreal.