Local Tip #1
Aside from housing costs, New York City can be very reasonable. Fresh produce from farmers markets is a popular bargain. You can always find an art gallery, a lecture at a community building, or a show in the park.
Local Tip #2
The days of hailing cabs and expensive fares are over. Ride-sharing apps like Via and uberPOOL let you get around the city for about five bucks. Part of the fun is meeting new and interesting people.
Local Tip #3
The best way to meet new people in the Big Apple is by walking a dog. If you don’t have one, borrow one! And yes, there’s even an app for that. Download Bark n’ Borrow on the App Store and you can connect with a new furry friend!
"The best way to meet new people in the Big Apple is by walking a dog."
One of the most fulfilling and cheapest attractions NYC has is the 92nd Street Y (YMCA) on the Upper East Side. You can learn how to judge wine like a billionaire or listen to the latest author discuss their book. There are always guest appearances like Jerry Seinfeld or Oprah popping in to say their piece. Comedy, performing arts; the 92nd Street Y is the most direct way to a cultural New York experience.
Raising your children in NYC? The children who thrive here have parents who have made city living a lifestyle choice. These parents want to expose their kids to all aspects of the city, even if it means forfeiting a “classic” backyard, treehouses and riding your bike to a friend’s house. For these kids, the entire city is their backyard. It offers unlimited opportunities and enrichment on a world-class level. The city long ago figured out how to provide young families the resources they need in an organized, professional and safe manner. This includes child pick-up and take-homes door-to-door. Kids in the city will also grow up knowing more about street safety and being aware of their surroundings.