To celebrate the fact that I have lived in New York for six months (yes, six months, I can't even believe it), I have compiled a list of things that happen when you've settled into the city and it becomes your home. It truly is unlike any city in the world and living here has its own set of rules to live by that after six months, I've finally adapted to.
Counting Distance In Blocks
When deciding whether or not to go somewhere, you'll learn that everything in New York is considered in blocks. If something is more than 10 blocks away, then it almost seems not worth it to walk. You can definitely understand this when you're in midtown and you're on 50th, but need to get down to 23rd. Twenty-seven blocks is a lifetime to walk when you have places you need to be, so sometimes a five minute subway ride becomes worthy of the effort to walk underground and swipe your card.
Becoming a Flake
I've always liked to think of myself as a reliable person who sticks to their word. But when you live in a big city, it turns you into a flake. "Do I really have to leave my place today?" "I know I said I'd meet up with you, but the trains are dumb today and I don't want to go." "Sorry to cancel on you last minute, but I can't go because of reasons." All New Yorkers have used these excuses because we've all had to make a decision whether to go through with plans that might mean making our lives more complicated. I still try to be as trustworthy as possible, but it's so hard in this city for some reason.
Internal Arguments about Metro Cards
The reality of this city is that it's really hard to own a car, so you really need to depend on public transportation. To me, this is great because I don't want a car. However, this means you have to make that decision to buy either the one month, one week or pay per ride option and that can cause a existential dilemma. The reason is because, while the one-month pass is the best deal, you have to factor in if you can afford the $120 price all at once, if you'll even be taking enough rides to make it worth it, and if you could just walk instead. It takes a lot of mental effort.
Avoiding Times Square
The bane of every local's existence is having to go to Times Square for some reason. This area is overflowing with tourists and if you're a fast walker, you'll want to kill yourself with how slow everyone is here. Sometimes you really do need to go to this area because you're seeing a show or really want to go to the four-story Forever 21. Otherwise, we like to walk around it and try to avoid the millions of people who make it tough to navigate the streets of this tourist attraction.
Discovering Little Secrets
You can read a million articles telling you the "secret" things to do in different cities, but you won't really get the full experience of a city until you've lived there for awhile and start to notice things that aren't on those lists. For example, one of the subway trains I take to get to work passes this amazing cinematic art piece underground
and I've never seen that on any lists. It's almost like a hidden treat that only locals who take that train would know.
Looking Up Every Once In Awhile In Awe
Okay, at the end of the day, as easy as it is to complain about the city, I can still look up or around me and be reminded that I live here and that this city is awesome. While it has its many problems, it truly has everything I could ever want in a location and so many new and exciting things to experience everyday. I work right near the Empire State Building, and although I haven't been up in it yet, I still stand in awe of it whenever I leave work each day.
Check out this hilarious video
I was in with one of my comedy heroes Akilah Hughes. She's a prolific performer and creator living in New York and I was honored to get to work with her.