You know that saying, “No man is an island?” It’s true – especially when living in New York City. Thriving in one of the world’s most exciting, fast-paced, and competitive cities is no easy feat, and there are times when even the most introverted NYC local will need a friend or two for support. Naturally, not every acquaintance will reach that “inner circle” status (and when it comes to close relationships, less is more). Whether you’re in need of a heart-to-heart conversation or an epic night out, here are six friends every New Yorker should have. (Just don’t forget to pay it forward and be a great friend to someone else!)
Where would we be without our work colleagues? Even if you’re an independent contractor and work from home, there’s bound to be an editor, partner, or someone else in the same industry with whom you can form a work-centered friendship. Career is a huge part of a New Yorker’s life. Having that camaraderie within your own industry and being able to converse with people who can personally relate is important.
The Native New Yorker
With so many NYC locals being transplants, it’s not uncommon for fellow non-natives to gravitate towards each other. But honestly, everyone should have at least a few native New Yorkers on their friends list. At the end of the day, it’s the born-and-bred New Yorkers who are going to have the best understanding of the city, and tons of inside knowledge to share.
No, you don’t need to be friends with an actual shrink. What you do need, however, is that go-to person (most likely a BBF) who you can depend on to lend a listening ear. In this case, they don’t even have to be in NYC. Real friendships don’t need to live in the same city to last.
The Party Buddy
We all need that feel-good friend who’s always up for a good time and has no qualms about cutting loose. Whether it’s a boozy Sunday afternoon brunch, a late-night pub crawl, or a movie premiere, the party buddy is always the perfect plus-one.
The Low-Maintenance Friend
Every New Yorker should have a low-maintenance friend for those times you want company, but can’t be bothered to go out and socialize. After a long week at work, sometimes all you want to do on a Friday night is sit at home in your PJs, order junk food from Seamless, and watch movies. The low-maintenance friend is perfect in these situations, as he or she is always comfortable to be around and won’t require glitzy nights out to have fun.
Forget the fact that comped drinks and free rounds of shots make NYC nightlife more economical. Befriending a bartender, especially at your local watering hole, is great for building that increasingly rare sense of community. When you’re “in” with the bar staff, you’ll always have somewhere to go – and just like in Cheers!, everybody will know your name. Considering more than eight million people live in this city, that’s a pretty cool feeling.