NYC Update!

Buses. Uber and  Lyft.  Subways. Walking lots of walking.

Life in New York has definitely been an experience for those that don’t know I live part time in New York and Raleigh, NC; it has been an adjustment but it is super exciting!

Photo Cred: Trice C.
Over the past two months I have learned so much about myself and I can truly say that my southern hospitality is turned down a bunch once I land in New York. I honestly don’t have time to nod and smile at people I literally have to focus on where I’m going and the traffic. It doesn’t matter if you have the right away there is always a car waiting for you to run across the street.  There is lots of honking and there are enough dogs around so I can get my doggy fix (I have been wanting a dog of my own for the past two years)
I haven’t had a lot of time to do touristy things but last month I took the ferry over to Staten Island and back with a few coworkers and we grabbed lunch. All in all it’s pretty pricey in New York (that goes without saying) but it’s all about the experience. There is a little something for everybody and there is always an adventure ahead of you.
The most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated when you want to go out and about. What others think may be a twenty minute train ride can easily turn into a two hour commute because you were not paying attention to the subway map.  I will never forget that time my father and I ended up in Coney Island when we were trying to go to Manhattan (what an experience).
My father and I went to New York back in April for my interview and we made a joke out of the fact that we took every mode of transportation available. Cars, planes, boats, trains, buses, cabs and the walking, oh Jesus the walking.
Photo Cred: Trice C.

So I created a list of things to keep in mind when visiting or moving to New York!!
1. Download the city mapper App or any application that can help you navigate your way around the city
2. Always carry cash (it doesn’t have to be a lot but it is necessary)
3. Invest in a Fitbit or something that can help keep track of your calories burned and your steps (you are basically working out 24/7)
4. Plan your tourist attractions by day (try to pick an area of New York and hit all the hotspots in that area. Trust me you will thank me later)
5. Carry a small purse, over the shoulder strap or a fanny pack (I heard they were coming back in style! Haha!!)
6. Pack an outfit for every season (our weather is very iffy) 
7. Pack a sweater, jacket or umbrella 
8. Find local restaurants  to eat at (support local businesses and mom and pop shops)
9. Do NOT  get offended if you ask for help and people don’t answer or just keep walking
10. You have to buy a slice of NY pizza and cheesecake
11. Take lots of photos!

If there is one major piece of advice I can give you it would be to embrace the moment. The energy in New York is absolutely crazy and it’s so electrifying. Live in the moment!

Also if you are ever in New York and you need a tour guide, let me know!

Until Next Time! Embrace your journey! 

Photography Owned by: Trice C.


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