Why You Should Move to NYC- Culture

Some call it The Big Apple, some call it The City That Never Sleeps, and over 8 million people call it home. New York City is arguably the most diverse and largest city in America. Although the opportunities are endless here, some people may be discouraged by the thought of moving to a place like this. Nevertheless, no matter where you come from, you can connect with this city one way or another. If you’re thinking of coming to NYC for school, a new job, or to try the best bagels in the world, I’ve compiled reasons and tips for why you should make the move.

My name is Michael and I’m an intern here at Open Systems Technologies. Five years ago I made the difficult decision to attend college in New York City, 3000 miles from my home state of California. I’ve been in your position before and know what it’s like to wonder what it would be like to move here. In past articles, I covered how to become a more attractive job applicant. “Why You Should Move to NYC” is a 4-part blog series where I’ll be giving you advice on what to expect if you’re looking to start your career in New York. I’m also going to provide you with answers to questions I had before moving across the country. Life isn’t always about working and making money. Lucky for you, NYC is the prime location for satisfying that hobby or food craving of yours. For the final installment in the “Why You Should Move to NYC” series, I’ll take a different approach on how to make the best of your time here.

Even after being here for 5 years, I’m still exploring the city on the weekends and discovering new places. To help visualize how big this city is, know that if Brooklyn and Queens were their own cities, they would be the 4th and 5th largest in the U.S., respectively (by population). Just like with employment options, NYC offers an infinite amount of ways to satisfy your hobbies and interests. Whether you’re looking for some authentic Colombian arepas or want to find people to practice your Djembe with, I guarantee you will find something. It’s so easy to take the subway to a random stop and find a museum or a hole in the wall to eat at. If you’re a foodie, you’d be excited to know that there enough restaurants for you to eat at a different spot once a day for 23 years without eating at the same place twice. Yelp and websites like Time Out are useful if you want to go out and try something new.

There are impressive statistics to reinforce the concept of NYC being a melting pot: Over a third of the city’s population is foreign born. It is home to the nation’s largest Chinese population outside of China. Additionally, about 25% of the Indian American population lives here. Chinatown, Little Italy, Little India, Koreatown, and Little Odessa are just a few examples of the many ethnic enclaves around the city.  What this means for you is that no matter where you’re from, you can always find a piece of home. You never have to worry about finding that home cooked meal or someone who speaks your native language.

As I get ready to finish grad school and move back to San Francisco, I can’t help but feel bittersweet that I’m leaving this amazing place and that some of you get to experience it for the first time. There’s still a million things I want to do here and there’s no doubt that I’ll be back to exploring. Make the best of it.  Live it up. Explore Central Park in the spring, go ice skating at Rockefeller Center during Christmas, stroll through Flushing Meadow Park as the leaves change color in the fall, or go to Coney Island during the summer for a retro boardwalk experience. You get to decide how to navigate this wonderful place that is New York City.

TIP: Many visitors/newcomers are so infatuated with Manhattan that they forget about the other four boroughs, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Many immigrants have settled all around the city and have been there for generations. If you’re searching for a specific food or grocery store, explore outside of Manhattan to find the different communities.

TIP: If you come from a small town, NYC might be a bit of a culture shock. Walk fast, take your backpack off when you’re riding the train, and if you want to stand on the escalator, stay to the right so that people can pass on the left. You will see some interesting people, whether it’s a guy doing flips in the subway or someone wearing nothing but a tinfoil hat. If you ever feel uncomfortable or don’t want to take part in what’s happening, remember that there are millions of people who feel the same way as you do. People get so tied up in their own priorities that they become oblivious to passersby. Just ignore whatever it is and go about your day.

Thanks for reading my thoughts on NYC. Sadly, this concludes the “Why You Should Move to NYC” series. Hopefully this guide opened your eyes to the opportunities available here. No matter your decision, know that New York City is a place like no other. If you’re interested, visit www.opensystemstech.com/jobs-search to take the next step in continuing your career in The Big Apple. 


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