I can't believe it, but my one year anniversary of moving to New York is quickly sneaking up on me. I vividly remember the day I was looking at the city on Google Maps, and thinking how different my perspective of the map would be one year later.
One thing I've realized is how big New York City really is. I've explored a fair share of neighborhoods but there is still a lot to explore. Also based on my interests I've only gotten a small taste of what NYC has to offer. But that is both the appeal and intimidation that comes with the city. The upside is whatever interest you may have, you'll find something to satisfy it in the city. The downside is if you have a lot of interests, fomo (fear-of-missing-out) can quickly sneak up on you as you wonder if this is the coolest thing I could be doing right now. Or is there something hipper/cooler/better?
I've found that however you decide to spend your day/morning/afternoon/evening, don't think about if you could be doing something more epic with the time. Spend the time experiencing the activity and don't worry about what the next one will be. Things tend to happen unexpectedly if you let them.
So with almost one year under my belt, I've picked on various things that make New York, New York. I've learned about the existence of "artisanal ice-cubes" and "hipster assholes", and that the G train stands for Ghost train (first-hand experience here). I've also picked up a bit on the cultural zeitgeist (albeit from my perspective and experience living in NY). Here are some things that were top of mind:
- I once spent $16 on four tomatoes and two bell peppers (they were organic, I didn't know). NY is expensive.
- Reading "The Times" (New York Times) is a thing. I could spend a year alone learning about all the things the paper has to offer.
- A review by Pete Wells can destroy the reputation of a super-elite restaurant.
- Express trains (2, 3, 4, 5, A), when they are running express, can make getting around Manhattan a breeze.
- NYT Now and BuzzFeed News apps are fantastic apps for keeping up-to-date on local and global news.
- http://gothamist.com/ is a great site to get a "pop culture" perspective on the city
- Foursquare is a must-have app. It's how I keep track of all the places I'd like to check out.
- Pocket is another must-have app. I've written about it here.
- SeatGeek is a great app for getting tickets to any kind of entertainment event (sports, concerts, Broadway, etc.)
- If you can do it, you have to check-out the US Open.
- http://www.nyartbeat.com/ is a great resource for discovering anything art related.
- If you need to find an apartment, my top 3 resources were Street Easy, Naked Apartments, and Craigslist.
- Startup/tech related, my two favorite meetups are: Product Council NYC & NY Tech Meetup.
- Occasionally I come across a standout article in the Times.
- Brooklyn knows how to do coffee and food. So does Manhattan and Queens. There are no shortage of options.
- Brunch is not just a thing, it's an experience.
- Pizza and bagels live up to the hype.