5 THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN ABOUT NEW YORK CITY (BEFORE MOVING)
Three years ago this month, I left my comfortable life in London to live out my dreams in the Big Apple. I love the new life I’ve created for myself, but there are a few things I wish I’d known about New York before moving. I’m sharing the key lessons I’ve learned, particularly for anyone thinking about relocating to New York.
1. Hustle hard(er)
I’m always inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of the people I meet. There’s always something new to do and with hard work you can definitely reap the rewards. But New York is ex-pen-sive, anyone looking to move here should be prepared to spend. Average rent in the city starts around $3,800 (£2,470). Most of my friends have multiple ‘side hustles’ in addition to their 9 to 5.
2. Extreme weather
New York has four distinct seasons. This was a surprise to me coming from London where it’s either grey or sunny with not much in between. New York gets ridiculously cold in the winter. I’m talking bone chilling I’m-afraid-to-leave-my-apartment-cold. Nothing can prepare you for it. When I first moved, I had no clue just how essential a good pair of snow boots and a goose down coat are to your survival during the winter months.