10 Misconceptions I Had Before Moving To NYC (part 1)

Back in 2013 I moved to New York City. The “Big Apple”. The “City That Never Sleeps”. I was 28 years old and had been a few times before and heard all about it in the movies and media. I thought I knew what I was getting into….

But I didn’t.

Living in New York has been like slowly opening a Russian Doll gift. Once you think you have it figured out, you find a new layer underneath. It’s one of the most eye opening and horizon expanding experiences of my life. I have my lovely wife Dana to thank for that!

So, I’d like to share a few of the misconceptions I had and hopefully help other people see how great this city truly is!

  1. Misconception 1 – Having a car in the city would be easy.
    If you have a car…get rid of it before coming to NYC. Your life will be so much better for it!

    1. Let’s first talk about parking.  It’s not as easy to find a spot (even in Queens) as one would think. I’ve probably seen more rainbows than parking spots since moving here!
    2. Traffic? Well, it may not be quite as bad as LA/ATL/DAL during rush hour… But its ALWAYS bad, 24 hours a day.

  2. Misconception 2 – Snow is pretty.
    It is….For the first few hours.

    1. I’m from the Ozarks, so this is my picture of snow:

      Snowy Ozarks

    2. Upon moving to NYC, this is my reality of snow:

      Dirty NYC Snow

  3. Misconception 3 – Subways are dangerous.
    1. They’re actually really safe and “mostly” clean.
    2. The only time they’re dangerous is when you don’t get out of the way of one of the dancers:

      Subway Dancer

  4. Misconception 4 – New Yorkers Don’t Go To Church
    1. There are 6000 churches in New York City.
    2. Hillsong has a campus here.
    3. My church, Apostles NYC, has 4 campuses

      Apostles Union Square

      Apostles Union Square

  5. Misconception 5 – New Yorkers Are Rude and Impatient
    FAAAAR from it!

    1. Have you driven here? It takes 40 minutes to go 5 miles just about anywhere in this city.
    2. Have you ever rode on a packed subway car with someones armpit in your face?
    3. Have you tried to go to work on some random national potato parade day or another protest?
    4. Even grocery shopping isn’t easy. (Unless you live on top of the store!)
    5. New Yorkers deal with things like this daily… and multiple times each day.
    6. Remember that vacation you went on?  How the airport was really crowded and really busy?  That’s the daily life of a New Yorker.
    7. I’m simply amazed that New Yorkers are able to smile, laugh, and have fun, after all they put up with every single day.

Stay tuned for 6-10…

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Responses to “10 Misconceptions I Had Before Moving To NYC (part 1)”

  1. I completely agree with you! One of the biggest problems when I’ve moved to NYC was parking my car .. somewhere, please, someone .. gosh :)) Wish you all the best there, Man With Van Belvedere Ltd.

  2. Not having been a permanent physical resident, I can definitely relate to your description. I commuted to NYC every week for nearly 2 years, but on occasion I would reside there for 2-4 straight weeks before commuting home just to turn around and do it again the following Monday.
    Rudeness I had heard of, but never actually experienced that as I went to work before the chickens each morning and got off work 18 hr later. Being a southern raised girl I decided one morning to somehow make someone on the street speak to me. Had a late morning one day ( went into work @ 6:00am) and was walking with a co-worker to meet our ride and I just stood in the middle of the sidewalk. My co-worker couldn’t believe I was doing that and said he thought someone might become enraged. I continued to stand there when a young woman in the dead of winter, head down, purse and work bag tucked close to her coat- she wasn’t looking up at all, but apparently saw my feet of which caused her to raise her head and look at me. I just smiled, said hello and wished her a good day. She was dumbstruck but, after a few seconds she too said hello and returned the ” good day” message and thanked me for speaking to her. My co-worker was shocked to say the least but it proved one thing, most NY residents are not rude, they deal with a lot in the city, they are always in a rush and have just forgotten what it’s like to receive a smile with a greeting. I know this is long, but it’s only 1 of the many stories I have about NYers and they all fall into the categories you alined above.
    Glad to hear you are loving life!