Tuesday, 17 January 2017

3 Things I've Learnt From 3 Months in New York

Despite only arriving in New York at the beginning of November, I like to think I've already learned a lot about life in this crazy city. Here are three things that have stood out to me thus far...

Top, jumper and jeans: H&M | Coat: River Island | Necklace: Topshop | Shoes: Kurt Geiger

1. It's not as scary as you think

One thing that has really surprised me is how safe New York feels. So far I've lived in both Brooklyn and East Harlem in Manhattan, and though there have been times when I've been kept up because of shouting on the street outside, in general I've always felt secure in my apartments.

I've also never had any trouble getting from place to place. The subway is a strange place, where you'll encounter people asking for money, blaring music, singing, and even conducting impromptu dance-offs. But these quirks of the New York subway just go on around you. I've never felt singled out by someone on the subway. If you're not one of the loud ones on the train, you're probably just keeping to yourself, head down, eyes fixed on your iPhone. Not to sound terribly anti-social, but that's the way I like it.

2. It's hard as hell to get noticed

In a city of 8 million hustlers, how do you stand out? The harsh reality is, a lot of the time, you don't. Whether you're trying to bag a job or a guy, it's not as easy as brushing up your resume or swiping right on Tinder. There are countless opportunities here, but to get a look in, you'll have to play the numbers game. Send hundreds of resumes and you might just get your foot in the door of somewhere special. Just don't get discouraged. Keep on hustling and I promise you'll find the perfect fit eventually, whether you're looking for a career, apartment or date.

3. It's not just bigger, it's louder

Everyone from Europe knows that in America, bigger is better. Bigger serving sizes, bigger buildings, bigger cars. What I didn't expect was how much louder everything is here. In fact, it's my main gripe with this place. If you as much as look at an approaching car, expect said car driver to beep the bejesus out of their horn. At any hour of the night, you'll hear beep after beep of impatient, trigger happy drivers.

And then there's the emergency vehicles. Apparently, it's not enough that the sirens of the fire engines here can be heard from space, they'll blare their horn for added effect. Noise pollution is a huge issue, so if you're a light sleeper, I'd definitely recommend earplugs.

Ah, the ol' Big Apple, hey? It's loud, it makes you feel small, but it's not actually that scary. Have you been to New York? What surprised you about life here? Let me know in the comments!

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