Beloved T&Cer Nikkie Viotto is packing her bags, leaving Alaska and heading east to take a bite out of the Big Apple. She’ll be working alongside Alexis Isaacs, who has been with T&C’s New York office since 2015, just shortly after she moved to the city from Chicago. Before Nikkie makes the cross-country trek, Alexis has been kind enough to impart a little bit of knowledge she’s learned from living in NYC. 

1. When apartment hunting, make sure you only look at online listings with images, and try to avoid picking apartments near the L train. There’s nothing worse than being “catfished” or living near a train that always has issues. Not to mention, the L will be shut down for 15 months starting in 2019. Wouldn’t want to be stranded!

2. Don’t bring a lot of stuff to NYC. You won’t have much space for it so just stick to your necessities.

3. In Alaska you deal with moose and bears, but rats are the wildlife in New York. Don’t be startled when you see them on the subway platform. They’re just trying to get to their next destination exactly like you are.

4. Alleys are a rarity. You may see one in each borough if you’re lucky. So where does the trash go? You guessed it. Right on the sidewalk. Smells great!

5. The subway is a great place to hear various languages. On any given day as you make your way around the city, you’ll hear three to five different languages being spoken. If you’re interested, feel free to lean in and ask people what language they’re speaking. It’s a great way to start a friendly conversation!

6. Buy Metrocard passes. You’ll need a Metrocard to board the subway trains. You can easily purchase them at each subway stop. I suggest buying a weekly or monthly pass instead of paying each time because you’ll be riding the train more than you expect. It’s a way of life.

7. Expect train delays wherever you go. You’ll hear anything from “train traffic ahead of us” to “we have a stalled train directly in front of us” to “we have a sick passenger.” So always leave at least 10 – 15 minutes earlier than you should. Trust me on this.

8. New York is made out of five boroughs – Manhattan, also known as “the city;” Queens, the most culturally diverse borough; the Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop and home to the Yankee Stadium; Staten Island, the forgotten borough; and Brooklyn, home of Biggie and Jay-Z and frankly, the best borough.

9. Bodegas, also known as the deli or the convenience store on the corner of each block, will be your most visited place. In the middle of the night, you can go there for practically anything – dishwashing liquid, chips, toilet tissue, stamps and made-to-order spicy chicken wings. Yummy!

10. Get ready to have the best time of your life! Every other week you’ll try a new restaurant, see a new play or musical, hit up a concert, go to a festival, explore a new neighborhood and much, much more. You’ll never run out of things to do here in the city that never sleeps.

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