11 Things That WILL Happen When You Move to NYC

11 Things That WILL Happen When You Move to NYC

Photos by Tara taken at Top Of The Rock 

Lavish Alice Duster Coat // River Island Top (old stock) // Aritzia Leather Leggings
Topshop Boots (Similar) // Celine Sunglasses // Chanel Bag

Happy Monday everyone! I’m back in NYC today after a weekend away in Newport with the girls and as we were driving in last night with the perfect view of the NYC skyline, I knew it was time to do another chatty New York related post today. It’s been a while.  If you’ve been following along, you might remember the ‘Lessons Learned in NYC’ series of posts I did (you can read here: #1, #2, #3, #4) and last night’s drive made me want to do a similar style one today. I love New York and I love sharing the (sometimes crazy) experiences I’ve had here to far. You genuinely never know what this place has in store for you & when you do take time to look back on everything, there are a lot of laughs to be had.

If you didn’t know, I moved to New York 2 and a half years ago after I finished college, I’ve had several jobs along the way, I’ve met people I’ll have in my life forever & I’ve learned that no place I’ve ever been before gives me the same feeling as New York City. I always think you know you love a place when you’re excited to come ‘home’ from every holiday. I just love being here. Everyone’s different and it’s definitely a city that’s not for everyone but I know I’ll always have a soft spot.

I really do believe though that New York is a place you’re never FULLY ‘ready’ for. You just have to take the risk and learn as you go. Over the past few years, I’ve learned my fair share of lessons and to be honest, I’m STILL learning. You learn to take the good with the bad and in my opinion, that’s part of the fun of it! Certain things start to become ‘normal’ (only in New York) and you just learn to adjust. Here are 11 Things That WILL Happen When You Move To NYC


1. You WILL always be broke. But you’ll also still always have enough for $1 pizza slices, so it could be worse.

2. You WILL avoid an empty subway car at all costs. It’s empty for good reason.

3. You WILL have a mini heart attack when you realise how much groceries are in Manhattan.

4. You WILL  end up being grateful for those 5 flights of stairs in your first apartment building. It allowed you to eat A LOT more $1 pizza, haha!



5. You WILL feel guilty when you’re not doing something. When New York is on your doorstep, sitting on your couch every evening just isn’t an option. Which leads me onto my next point…

6. You will NEVER not be tired. Ever. If you didn’t like coffee before moving here, you will now.

7. You WILL either come home at 1am or stay out until 5am. There’s never an in between.

8. You WILL realise that you’ll never find the ‘perfect’ apartment and if you do, you should be worried. There’s always a catch in NYC.


9. You WILL ‘toughen up’ without even realising it….because if you don’t, you won’t last here. People come to New York to succeed and although you may think everyone has your best interests in mind too, they don’t. You’ll learn to be very careful about who you trust.

10. But  you WILL still find friends for life here. Even though New York is full of people who don’t care about you, it’s also full of people who may as well be your personality-twin. It’s a city where you can really ‘click’ with people and when you find the nice ones, you’ll hold on tight.


11.  And finally, you WILL think about running away – a lot. Haha! Never believe anyone who tells you New York is always glamorous. It’s a city that makes you work harder than you ever thought you could and sometimes it will all just get a little bit too much. But you’ll learn to forgive and forget. After a good night’s sleep and a rant with your friends in a Facebook group, you’ll be back to your NYC-obsessed self before you know it.

 The good days will always make up for the bad ones and I’m exciting to keep learning as I go.

Hope you’ve all had a nice start to the week!

Erika x



  1. So good! :) This post really makes me want to live in the City And I love that grey coat!!

  2. Ohh NYC! It’s a constant love/hate isn’t it ;)

  3. Adeline

    17 June

    I am currently in the process of relocating to NYC and I am feeling so overwhelmed already because of all the reasons you have mentioned above. Your vlogs and motivational videos about moving to NYC have been helping me cope with the stress. I am so ready to make the move! xxx

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      19 June

      Awh thank you so much and best of luck with your move – you will love it! :) xx

  4. Becky

    2 July

    Aww I love this! I’ve recently-ish returned to Ireland and a year long graduate visa and I just can’t seem to shake the constant longing for NY! Desperate to go back at this stage but the visa situation makes things so difficult :( How have you managed to stay for so long?? X

    • Hi Becky, Thanks for reading and sorry that you had to leave. Visas are such a pain! I did the H1B visa after my graduate was over and I am now on the O1 visa. Hoping that you can eventually come back :)

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