I think it’s entirely acceptable to celebrate living in a new place. Even if it is only 2 months. May there be many more 🙂
- Avoid all tourist traps. For traveling to the highline, go early. Like 7am early when it opens and there are only a few people wandering around.
- Learn to order in. There’s a great website called seamless.com that could save your life. At least during the dead of winter. Or so I hear 😉
- Most New Yorkers don’t have a driver’s license. Isn’t that crazy? Then again, the public transportation is superb, so there really isn’t need for one. Sort of reminds me of the “Mindy Project” episode where Danny finally gets a license.
- Travel to Central Park as often as you can. It’s a happy place and while it’s sometimes full of tourists, it’s a breath of fresh air (literally) from the city.
- There is no shame in taking tourist trips – Statue of Liberty, the Strand Bookstore, Times Square (Although, people who have lived here for much longer may disagree with this. Go to Times Square sparingly because it is SWARMING with people who don’t know how to walk properly)
- Shopping in Trader Joe’s is a battle. Be armed and ready for what awaits. Know that it will take you at least 30 minutes to get through and I mean AT LEAST. The trick is to grab a basket, jump in line, and order while you are in line.
- Another trick is to go with a friend and switch off browsing TJ’s best while you don’t lose your place in line.
- New Yorkers may be known for being rough and tough, but if you are nice to them, chances are they will reciprocate. 🙂 Treat those as you would like to be treated and all’s good.
“I just kept on doing what everyone starts out doing. The real question is, why did other people stop?” – William Stafford