Ten things to know about living in NYC

  1. No matter how much you know about a celebrity, you will be starstruck and have nothing of substance to say when you run into them on the street.
  2. Brooklyn is really, really, really big. Like, 3x Manhattan big. And it’s not just a small hipster escape where you go for a day trip (Gossip Girl’s portrayal of Vanessa and Williamsburg definitely played a role in this misconception…).
  3. No matter how packed it looks, you can fit into that subway car — and if you don’t, someone else will.
  4. It’s a complete myth that the big banks are all headquartered on Wall Street. Most are in midtown.
  5. Pizza Italia at 17th and 8th is possibly the best kept secret on earth. You’re welcome.
  6. There are three — and only three — ways you can go for a run in Manhattan: around the perimeter, over the bridges, or in Central Park. Attempting anything else is futile.
  7. No one blinks an eye when friends spend their disposable income on things like rap music yoga or Ramen Burgers. There’s always something newer and weirder to try.
  8. “Building juice” is a thing and it will fall on you from the scaffolding even on a sunny day.
  9. Neighbourhood lines are ambiguous and hotly debated. Alphabet City is a subset of East Village, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
  10. And finally, this place has endless ambition and possibility. People seem to have the craziest, coolest jobs that you wouldn’t imagine exist anywhere else, and they’re universally among the most worldly, driven, and intellectually curious of humans. At first it’s super intimidating, and then it’s wildly energizing. You grow a ton, and the city makes you feel like you can do anything and everything. Because here, you can.

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