City living is possibly the greatest thing ever. It is also terrible in a number of ways. Living in a city is an oxymoron at times, especially if it’s a major metropolitan city. There is nothing tougher than getting by in a large city. At the same time, it affords your luxuries and opportunities not seen anywhere else. It is a case of risk and reward. Give and take.
Knowing what works and what doesn’t is essential to making it in the long term. A lot of people move to major cities thinking they’ll be here for their lifetime. Some don’t even last a year. Some cities chew people up and spit them out. Either they can’t find the right job to afford it, or they just don’t get used to the lifestyle.
For the sake of argument, let’s talk about New York.
The first thing you have to know about New York is that nobody drives. Taxi drivers and delivery drivers are by and large the only people who do. You’ll be using the subway and walking most places.
That is, unless you have a specific reason to drive out of the city regularly. If not, abandon the car. Not only will you make a nice bit of change for selling it, you’ll make an annual saving by not paying for insurance or fuel.
You’re going to need that extra money though. Unless you’re fortunate to have corporate housing in New York from your employer, you’re going to need every penny for your rent. Buying in New York is tough. It is for the most part reserved for the rich.
The rental market in New York is huge though. You won’t go homeless. The problem is that a number of New York areas are very hot right now. Hot property means landlords and landladies can put their rents up significantly. For a lot of people, this is going to make life very tough. Especially if the home isn’t in great shape anyway.
Being constantly on the move is part of the New York lifestyle. People don’t stop much. Watch the people on the street from your window. You’ll know what I mean. They just keep going. You’ll have to learn to do this too.
Not only that, you’ll have to learn to eat on the go too. With food trucks, roadside stands, and delis, you’ll have plenty of choices. Part of New York’s culture is in its food. You can’t live in this city without enjoying some of it.
Likewise, you can’t go live in New York without seeing some of the sights. Sure you’re not an ordinary tourist, and you can go anytime you like. It would be a shame to wait years and year to see it all though. Allow yourself a little time to get used to the majesty of the city.
You need to get entrenched in this city. It’s already been said that it chews people up and spits them back out. Don’t let that happen to you. Find a steady job, and find a good home. If you can do these two things and assimilate yourself, you’ll be a New Yorker in no time at all.