Looking at the calendar today, I realize the anniversary of my move is fast approaching.
When I decided to start this blog a few months ago, I conceived it as part memoir and part self help for people like me who moved from other parts of the country to New York. That’s still my mission though I may stray from time to time.
Anyway, here is what I’ve learned so far from A to Z. Check it out.
A. If there is someone smiling at you as you walk by and that someone is not family, a friend, or a coworker, he or she is trying to sell you something. Don’t make eye contact! Look away.
C. Totally contradicting myself, but you can ignore the pamphlet people. They’re used to it.
D. Everyone runs to a train with open doors even if there’s another one two minutes away.
E. Those two minutes really means 10 seconds so haul ass!
F. No restaurant serves water with ice. It’s always lukewarm tapwater. Sometimes in a pretty bottle.
G. Carry cash with you. A lot of restaurants and stores are cash only.
H. The Brooklyn Bridge closes on a regular basis for repairs. No incoming or outgoing traffic allowed during these times. Plan accordingly.
I. The 4, 5, and 6 are always crowded no matter the time or the day.
J. The sweetest and best mangoes can be purchased from a woman outside of Whole Foods in Union Square in the city.
K. Transmitter Park has an excellent view of Manhattan from Brooklyn.
L. Times Square is for tourists. Only go there with out-of-town guests who want to see the lights.
M. Speaking of Times Square, the costumed characters there usually reek. Like knock you down stank. You don’t need to give them any money. Just sneak a pic of Elmo on the sly.
N. Curious about a place? Yelp will tell you all you need to know about it and then some.
O. Hole in the wall places have the best food.
P. MTA ruins lives! Train delays, station closures, and weekend service changes. But it is the quickest and cheapest way to travel.
Q. The rent is too damn high. Period. People suck it up because back home is boring in comparison.
R. Brooklyn people (born and raised) love to call people boss.
S. People love their dogs too much in certain neighborhoods. I’m all for loving your pet but in the restaurant while others eat? Judging you…I’m talking to you gentrifiers.
T. While on the subject of gentrification, please note that you shouldn’t be a dummy in these neighborhoods. You still need to watch yourself.
U. If your favorite New York team ends in -ets you will be a long suffering and disappointed fan on a very regular basis.
V. People love the Mets only if the Yankees are performing horribly. Otherwise it’s all about the Yankees, much to my chagrin.
W. Pick JFK over LGA.
X. Things are pricey here but there’s plenty of things to see and do for free.
Y. Be patient.
Z. Love New York