(Me, frolicking through Central Park)
I've been to NYC for sightseeing before, but now I'm living in Manhattan to work. From fashion to trash bags, Here are some things I learned in my very first week as a resident.
1. Locals walk really quickly.
Walking to work, I found myself constantly passed by brisk walkers with stern faces, headphones in and sunglasses on. I realized something was wrong with me when women in stiletto heels were passing me.
Commuting through the subway be like:
2. Tourists walk really slowly.
After learning to keep up with the fast commuters, I found myself extremely irritated by large families and slow walkers taking up the sidewalk. That New York attitude really develops quickly.
Me trying to GET PLACES:
3. Crosswalk lights mean nothing.
I was so perplexed how people crossed the street when the red stop hand was on. "How do they know they're not gonna get hit? Do New Yorkers have a sixth sense that enables them to stop oncoming traffic??" Turns out that sense is thanks to one way streets. No need to look both ways because if no cars are approaching, cross that street! But be careful, of course...
Me trying to be a cool "New Yorker":
4. It's REALLY useful to know cardinal direction.
Luckily for me, I have absolutely no natural sense of direction! So emerging from subway tunnels is always a GREAT experience because I have no idea which way to go next. (The city's a grid! Until you get to Lower Manhattan...)
5. There are a lot of trash bags
Walking down the street, you'll see large piles of trash & recycling bags. Don't worry! The aroma is part of the New York experience (so I've been told).
6. Skirts are a girl's best friend.
When I stepped out of JFK, my skinny jeans instantly stuck to my legs in the 65% humidity. After noticing a clear trend of women wearing skirts, I tried it out - it's quite freeing in sticky NYC summer weather.
"I feel pretty and witty and FREEEEE"
7. Have COMFORTABLE walking shoes!
I wore cute but uncomfortable shoes my first two days in NYC. After walking around, going to and from subways and streets, I had very painful blisters on my feet (which have not yet recovered, btw). It's nice to look good, but don't sacrifice your feet if you have to walk a lot! Try to go for form AND function.
Thanks, Robert Pattinson...
8. New York City is an amazing place!
The things I've listed above are just some of what make NY the unique and iconic city everybody knows! I've barely skimmed the surface of Manhattan, but I plan on discovering all its greatness. There's so much to explore - I think I'll always be a tourist.