Five Things I’ve Learned in my First Five Days in NYC
- People are not as mean as the stereotype. When I visited Denver everyone was telling me how crazy I was for moving there because everyone is “so mean!” I haven’t encountered one mean person yet. The first day I was here a middle aged man riding his bike down the street somehow fell and at least four people came running to help him. On the train today a thug looking baggy pants wearing, Bulls hat wearing guy offered his seat for an elderly woman that had just got on. Everyone I tell that I just moved here is so warm and welcoming.
- The subway systems really aren’t that complicated. When you look at the maps it looks overwhelming, but once you realize that uptown is north and downtown is south, the rest is pretty easy. There are apps and maps and people to help fill in the gaps.
- Everything is walking distance. You really don’t need a car here. Well at least I haven’t needed one yet. It may be a different story once I move. I have walked to Verizon, Duane Reade (east coast version of Walgreens), pizza place, bagel place, and even the Starbucks on 75th and 1st that I’m writing this from. Walking becomes like driving. Sometimes you’re just in the mood to cruise and take your time. But other times its rush hour and you just want to get home so you weave in and out of people like you’re changing lanes.
- No one waits for cross walk signs. I don’t even know why they exist, probably for new comers and tourists. People walk when the cars stop, some people don’t even wait for that. No one waits on the curb either, everyone stands in the street.
- It’s really not that scary. I was so terrified before leaving. Turns out, it’s just like anywhere else. People are people, buildings are buildings, a job is a job, a commute is a commute. The details might be different, but all in all its just life.