10 New Yorkers Give Advice to New York Transplants

Don’t sleep on the city that never does.

06.30.16

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“Moving to New York.”

The words somehow look right sitting next to each other, don’t they? They roll off the tongue and, together, feel almost as iconic as the latter two words on their own. Okay, barely. But there are a lot of us doing it! And we’ve been spending a lot of our time navigating subway stations very poorly. So I asked 10 people who in some way embody New York — you know, New Yorkers — to impart their wisdom.

They say you have to live in New York for 10 years before you can really call yourself a New Yorker. That puts our cutoff at 2006, which means these people danced to “Money Maker” by Ludacris in a New York club and saw ads on the subway for the Microsoft Zune. And they all made the move themselves and remember what it’s like to be new in New York, to wander these streets with eyes as wide and dazzled as they are confused. And so we asked them: what advice do you have for those of us in the thick of it?

The result is above, and there’s more New York romance nestled into this slideshow than a Woody Allen movie. Whether you’re old here, new here or want to be here, I have a feeling you’re going to like this one.

Illustrations by Laura Supnik, follow her on Instagram @laurasupnik.

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