“In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. Work like there’s no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it’s books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it’s yours. That’s what I’ve always tried to remember.”—Michael Jackson (via antoinetta) (via jessicachu)
“The surest way to cause happiness in others is to accept them & love them for who they are. Expectations become toxicity.”—Not sure where this quotation is from but this is so true. I would also posit that the only way to be friends with someone is that you see them clearly for who they are and like that person. If you project expectations on who you want them to be, it causes strife and the friendship won’t last. (via adrienfield) (via jessicachu)
Yesterday I came across a slightly mysterious website — a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997. There’s no author listed, no contact info, and no other indication as to where these came from.
Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about not being NYC born-and-raised - about being a “transplant.” Transplants make up 50% of the NYC population and we are the ones who bring ambition, flavor, and a certain je nais sais quois to this fine city. Anyone who tries to make you feel bad about where you come from is bullshit. Tell them to go fuck themselves.
Yellow taxicabs are cool-looking, but only use them if you’re really lazy or it’s very late at night and the subways are closed. Despite fare hikes and other bs, the subway system is excellent, and if you need to get out of town, there are numerous cheap-ish shuttles that will take you from Grand Central/Penn Station/Port Authority to whichever airport you wish. Don’t waste your money on cabs if you don’t have to.
Don’t balk at food trucks - they’re some of the cheapest, yummiest comfort eats you’ll get in the city. I spent 3 bucks on lunch yesterday - a rarity. BTW, the halal truck on 50th and 6th avenue is really great. Mile-long lines. But totally worth it.
The following websites are your friend: Menupages.com (pull up takeout menus!) playfoursquare.com (find out what your friends are doing!) zocdoc.com (book a doctor, dentist, or derma appt with a few clicks of the mouse and your insurance info), and hopstop.com (find out what subway stops you need to use to get where you need to go.)
Don’t know if you have these where you’re from, but the Trader Joe’s grocery store at Union Square is also your friend. Very cheap, easy, relatively good-for-you meals that take all of 5 minutes to make. My roommate Alice takes advantage of TJ’s more than me, but that’s more due to me being lazy than anything.
Subway etiquette you may not be conscious of (I wasn’t): don’t lean against subway poles - it’s considered rude, because you’re taking up valuable real estate that others can use to hold on.
There will be people who will just want to be your friend for networking purposes. Nothing wrong with that, but try to cultivate different circles so that “networking” friends and “friend” friends don’t overlap. This is really more general advice than NYC-specific advice, but I thought it was worthwhile to write down here nonetheless.
The following things are Worth It:New Yorkmagazine, The Zagat restaurant rating book, and going to a Broadway show at least once. (But no musicals! The natives will be seeing a Mamet play or some such, thank you very much. Unless, you, uh, really love musicals.) I haven’t read this, but some people claim the Not For Tourists NYC guide is worth it.
Touristy-destinations that are worth it: The Strand Bookstore, and for nerds, The Forbidden Planet comics shop right by it at Union Square.
You’ll know you’re a New Yorker when you happen to be in Times Square and the slow, shuffling pace of tourists infuriates you to your core. Don’t be scared - righteous anger is part of what this great, grand city is all about. :)
thanks to my homie brianV….he hooked me up with some print websites for some future inspirations. All morning I’ve been browsing, researching, and bookmarking some awesome work from artists that are killing it out there.