You have successfully relocated to NYC and you are ready to explore the city. That’s great! We will try to give you a few recommendations on all the things you can do after moving to New York. Depending on the borough of NYC and the particular neighborhood you’ve settled into, you will find a plethora of things to do every day. Also, depending on your lifestyle and interests, you might find all kinds of different things appealing, just keep in mind, New York will blow your mind! You should certainly get a few ideas having already explored things you should know about NYC.
Explore your neighborhood
Have you just moved from another town? If you are just about to start a new life in NYC, chances are you are in a shared, rented apartment, which is great – you will have real people telling you about the neighborhood. However, if you happen to not have access to a word of mouth, put your walking shoes on and get started! Pay attention to any places you find are a part of your interests zone. Make roots in the community
Once you’ve settled in your new home, you will probably need to meet new people around you. New York City is a great place, where the community is extremely important for locals. Each neighborhood has their own, unique community and it will definitely not be hard to find your tribe soon after moving to New York.
If you are into yoga, start by joining an open yoga class in your neighborhood. If you like libraries, find one closest to you and ask about their rich programs which include workshops and lectures. All of these make great opportunities to find new friends.
Make roots in the community
Find your personal oasis
Whatever your lifestyle and pace are, you will need to give it a rest from time to time. Of course, getting away from NYC to some nature site will be the most healing, but on a day to day basis, you might want to look for a place where you can find some peace. It can be a local bar or cafe spot with friendly staff who will learn your favorite soon. It could be a library or a museum. Whatever it is, you will be able to find it!
Green areas around you
If you happen to have a dog, you probably want to have a variety of options to choose from for his/her daily walks and playdates. The city seems like such a great place where you can have it all, but after moving to New York will you find out how true that is. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, Harlem or Staten Island, New Yorkers are dog lovers. This means not only you will find some great parks for your furry friend, but also some great new friends for him or her!
Find yourself a healthy routine
Staying fit in a fast-paced city such as New York is very important. Maybe due to the mentioned pace, New Yorkers tend to have an active lifestyle. Relying on cars is not really as essential as in other parts of the United States. This means you will probably practice a lot of walking, biking, metro riding, etc.
There are definitely some legendary places for your healthy routine, such as the Central Park in Manhattan, but you can also find some great options near your own home. If you are into biking, you can find not only great options for the exercise but also, some great scenic bike rides which will feed your craving for beautiful New Yorker experience.
Immerse yourself in culture and arts
One of the most well-known things about New York is that it is the cultural and artistic center of the world. From landmark museums to indie galleries, from Broadway to off-Broadway shows, from huge concert arenas to small, cramped places which host current and future legend artists, New York is the place to be.
Most of the museums offer free admission on certain days of the week, and many of them are always free. Broadway shows are a bit pricey, and there is a waiting list included, so early booking is advisable for some hot events of the season.
New York is also a place with flourishing communities of artists, designers, fashionistas, curators, with so many small showrooms around the city it will make your head spin!
Here’s a list of 7 free museums to visit after moving to New York
- American Folk Art Museum
- Bronx Museum of the Arts
- Brooklyn Museum
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Museum of Modern Art
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Queens Museum
Go to the beach!
Everyone should go to the beach whenever the weather allows! Coney Island is a great place not only for the beach but also for amazing amusement parks on the boardwalk! What’s even better is that there are so many beaches lining the shores of Brooklyn and Queens, so make sure you explore them!
Resist the FOMO
For those of you who don’t know, FOMO stands for ‘fear of missing out’. It is one of the most common feelings experienced by New Yorkers. With so many things going on around you, sometimes you get the feeling that no matter how much you try you can never catch up with New York’s crazy liveliness. But, do not despair! Try to decide which things are really important to you, and focus on them.
As a newcomer, after moving to New York you will find many things you’ll love, and some you’ll hate. But keep an open mind and stay curious. Very soon, you will be the one giving tips on how to move to NYC to your friends!