It’s no secret that you can do pretty much anything in NYC, but that doesn’t mean that city living makes everything easy. The truth is, there are some tasks that are just harder to accomplish when living in the New York City. Hard to believe? Maybe. But read our list to see if you’ve tried (and found it difficult) to do any of what’s below.
There’s a reason New Yorkers love the public transit system – driving in a place with narrow yet busy streets can be a nightmare. Dozens of pedestrians milling about and crossing streets make for a stop-and-go ride, and there’s always one person on the road who tries to aggressively weave their way through traffic. On top of foot traffic, drivers need to watch for bicycles and scooters too. Depending on the neighborhood, the streets can be unpainted and unlined and traffic can be gridlocked, making driving almost too reckless and stressful to handle.
In NYC, parking a vehicle can be just as difficult as driving one, especially if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a parking spot or garage. Street cleaning laws require cars to be moved away from streets during certain hours of the day, so even if you find a free parking spot you might only get to keep it for an hour or two. (See more on alternate side parking rules.) During your next NYC visit, trust us – keep the car at home.
Eating at chain restaurants.
There’s nothing wrong with loving Friday’s, Olive Garden, or any other chain restaurant you frequent when you’re not in NYC. But if you’re in the city and interested in stopping by for a cheap, yummy meal – think twice. New York City is an expensive place, and many chain restaurants raise their prices to account for NYC taxes. Don’t be surprised if Applebee’s prices are 20 to 50 percent higher than what you’re used to, and don’t be afraid to ask to view the menu to confirm what you’ll be paying before taking a table.
Walking in crowds.
If you like walking at a brisk pace, avoid NYC crowds at all costs. Many crowds will walk slowly so they can stick together or stop and take lots of photos – right in the middle of the sidewalk. Walking in NYC is a great way to experience the city, but if you’re looking to get somewhere in a reasonable amount of time, make an active effort to walk on less occupied streets. Though they might not have big attractions to walk by, you’ll be able to actually walk – and you’ll no doubt discover a cool café or store you’ll want to stop into. Bonus: You’ll get to see the more local side of New York.
Transporting large items.
Outside NYC, if you want to move a large box, you can put it in a car and drive it to its destination. Not here. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to either schlepp your large item through the subway or pay (a lot) for a mover. There’s a reason everyone loves the Friends episode where Ross is shouting “pivot!” when he and Chandler are trying to move his couch upstairs – that’s a quintessential NYC experience that nearly every resident can relate to.
Doing the same things.
Sure, the above things can be difficult to do, but with the variety of activities and attractions that NYC offers, it’s also nearly impossible to do the same few things every week. There’s always a new show to see, a new restaurant to try, a new park to walk through – and it’s these opportunities that make New York City one of the best places in the world to live.