Relocating from a small town to a big city—especially THE big city—can feel overwhelming. While it’s true that much will change about your daily routine, there are things about life in New York City that may surprise you in the most pleasant of ways!

Whether you long for a faster pace or you’re leaving your charming little town with nothing but regret, you’ll find much to love about living in NYC. Here are a few things you’ll love along with some things you’ll need to get used to when making your big move to the big city.

Lots of Small “Towns”

Within New York City are several neighborhoods, many of which are like their own little small towns. No, you won’t know everyone you pass by, but you likely will get to know some of your neighbors as well as the owners of mom and pop shops that operate near your home. One thing that might surprise you is how at home you can feel in the right New York City neighborhood.  

Farmers’ Markets!

Fresh fruits and veggies may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New York City, but the truth is that there are fabulous farmers’ markets throughout the city where you’ll find impressive selections of just-picked veggies. Some of the best include:

  • Union Square Greenmarket
    North and West sides of Union Square Park
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Year Round
    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Fort Greene Park Greenmarket
    Washington Park Between Dekald & Willoughby in Brooklyn
    Saturday Year Round
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Tompkins Square Greenmarket
    Avenue A and East 7th Street in Manhattan
    Sunday Year Round
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No Need to Drive

Getting around New York City by car is a challenge. You have to navigate the one-way streets, deal with what seems like way too many cars on the road, and the far-too-frequent standstills that happen for one reason or another. Fortunately, there are other options for getting around the city that are faster and more convenient than taking your car everywhere such as:

Walking: While you won’t be able to walk the entire city, the individual neighborhoods are very walkable. Many New Yorkers walk to the grocery store, their favorite restaurants, and more. Plus, if your apartment is within walking distance of a subway station, you’ll have easy access to all of NYC and beyond.

Bus/Subway: If you’ve never lived in a city with an expansive public transportation system, you’ll probably be surprised with how fast and convenient it is to get around using this method. Hop on the subway at one stop, hop off at another, and completely avoid whatever traffic issues are going on above ground.

Uber: Less expensive and more convenient than taxis, Uber and Lyft are very popular options in NYC. Keep in mind that you’ll still have to deal with traffic, so be sure to leave early.

What about the Noise?

Despite what you see in the movies, every apartment isn’t subject to the constant sound of gunshots, sirens, and people yelling—but it will be noisier than your hometown.  If you can’t get use to the din (many people do!), try playing soft music or white noise in your apartment or sleeping with earplugs.

Even if you’re nervous about your move, once you settle in you’ll realize the many benefits of living in this beautiful, vibrant city. We should know! Morgan Manhattan has provided exceptional New York City residential moving services since 1851. Let us help you enjoy a smooth transition with our award-winning services and courteous moving professionals. Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form now to schedule a free consultation.

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