New Yorkers are busy people. There’s no arguing that. Even with 8.5 million souls roaming around the Big Apple, finding ways to meet some of those people isn’t a priority for a lot of us. Time slips away, and one day we wake up and realize that we’ve been living in New York City for a decade. (I’m looking at me!) One question all of us can ask is, “Have we missed opportunities to meet new people along the way?” Probably so. If you find yourself in a rut and wish to expand your social circle, these are terrific ways to meet people in NYC. They worked for me.
Yes, this one is a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who go to work and come home but never socialize much less chat with their co-workers beyond work matters. I believe that it’s totally okay to be friends with work colleagues, so I suggest making small talk to break the ice. Ask someone how their weekend was or what they did last night; if they have any upcoming travel plans; or for something as simple as a lunch recommendation. You never know, a new friendship could be in your future.
Friends I already have.
I’ve met tons of people through parties and other social functions that were organized by current friends. The next time you’re invited to a get-together with a different group of people, step outside your comfort zone and go, even if you’ll be attending solo. Friends mingle with good people almost always, and you already have a common thread with everyone you’ll meet, so making connections should be a no-brainer.
Blogging and social media.
Sure, these are ways to meet others in the new millennium, but I promise, blogging and social channels are great ways to connect with others, so get on Facebook or Instagram if you’re not already!
Activities like Zumba class, running, or a book club.
To find like-minded people, engage in activities that you’re good at or enjoy. Mike made a circle of friends through running. I met people through Zumba. Do what you love, and you’ll meet people who love it too.
Travel remains one of the most effective ways to connect with people. You could travel a borough or state away and make a connection, or even half way around the world and meet someone who lives in your neighborhood. I traveled to Ecuador with five other New York City bloggers, and we became fast friends. And none of us had met before our trip.
By making small talk anywhere.
In the elevator. At the local pub. In line at the Duane Reade. There are countless places to meet people in New York City. I met my friend Amy when she was sitting alone at a bar eating dinner. Mike and I were waiting for a table, and I started chatting with her. We exchanged phone numbers and emails, and I reached out first. Almost nine years later and we are still friends! All you have to do is be open to making the first move, speaking the first words, or making the first smile. The rest will fall into place.
Do you want to meet new people? Stay open-minded. Be friendly. But mostly, be yourself. For ways to meet people in NYC, head over to my latest article on the Cubesmart city blog. And get busy meeting new people!
This article is part of a partnership with CubeSmart, a self-storage and logistics company with locations in the NYC area.