New York City: A New Home

Nicolette Orlemans photography.

Fast paced. Full of life, history, art and culture. The city doesn’t mess around.

It’s been almost six months since my move from Boston. Having lived in another country and being accustomed to a slightly nomadic lifestyle, the cross-state move was far from difficult. It was an energizing, fresh start. It’s funny how life and routines can change abruptly no matter where you are, though.

In New York, there is no time to waste. You weave in and out of crowds along a vivid backdrop of skyscrapers and flashing lights. A mob of yellow cabs streams by, hot dog carts and street vendors are on nearly every corner, and tourists eagerly make their way to Times Square. No matter what the time of day, NYC is always moving.

Commuters speed by while tightly grasping their cellphones or reading a book, and carrying coffee in their other hand…managing to hold all without spilling anything or falling. While waiting for the train, subway musicians entertain you with makeshift instruments, culturally diverse music, and reproductions of famous songs.

At any one moment, there are, what seem, countless events taking place. You almost wish you could clone yourself to take it all in. This, admittedly, is not a real dilemma. Who would (rightfully) complain about having more options to select from rather than not enough?

Perceptions and Reality


People have their own ideas about NYC, and what it may bring. Many come here with great dreams and big career goals, and they work hard to achieve what they aspire to. New York is the quintessential melting pot characterized by opportunity. Its “city that never sleeps” nickname is well-earned.

But, in the midst of the commotion, there are places for a quiet retreat, if you need it. Countless museums (my favorites are the MoMa, Natural History and Museum of Arts and Design), the New York Public Library, tucked-away cafes, and any of the parks – not just Central Park, but Union Square Park and Washington Square – let you relax from the hype. For an incredible skyline view, walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Underneath and across the bridge you’ll enjoy the city from a new perspective.

New York is not for the faint of heart. It takes adjustment and a certain positive, go-getter mentality. It’s a place to thrive in any creative or professional way. The diverse people you meet embody success, or at least, a level of enthusiasm and talent that seem different from anywhere else. This is the city that keeps on going no matter what happens, and you evolve with it.

And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you. – Michael Bloomberg

What was your experience in New York City? How is its culture unique?

6 thoughts on “New York City: A New Home

  1. That quote is kind of interesting because I live in Atlanta now and I love it, but I must admit that New York is on a whole different playing field. It’s certainly true that there is no place like New York. Best of luck with the move.

    1. Thanks, Justin! I thought the quote was interesting, too. Each city has its perks, and NYC is definitely one-of-a-kind. I have yet to go to Atlanta, but hear great things.

    1. Thanks! It’s certainly been an adventure. It keeps you on your toes, as you learning something new every day!

  2. “The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” – John Updike

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