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A few things that might surprise you about NYC
September 30, 2011
We’ve been here almost a year now so I feel like we can officially make some observations about the Big Apple.
- People aren’t as mean as you think, just understand that they’ve got places to be and you’re in their way.
- Not all of NYC is like Manhattan; the 5 boroughs have very distinct vibes and attract different types of people. Try out all of them and decide which one you like best.
- Hollywood has likely skewed your perception of NYC. We came here thinking that every street would be wall to wall people and cars just like in the movies, thankfully it’s not.
- NYC pizza really is great, providing you find a good slice.
- Forget what you know about grocery shopping, it doesn’t apply here. Unless you have a car you cannot do your shopping for more than a few days at a time.
- Forget about getting a street vendor hot dog, you’ve got to get the chicken and rice! They’re called Halal trucks and they serve the Muslim equivalent to kosher food.
- Getting around the city takes a surprising amount of time. The island of Manhattan is only 22.7 square miles (13 miles long x 2 miles wide) and it will take you about an hour to travel from end to end.
- You can’t turn right on a red light, ever. There are a few rules that you just have to know if you choose to drive in the city. I’ve never seen them posted anywhere but I’m told they exist. You can’t turn right on a red light anywhere in the 5 boroughs, the speed limit is 35mph unless otherwise posted, and all other traffic laws are suggestions.
And to keep with the theme of this blog here’s a money-saving tip: avoid driving in NYC.