Moving to New York City: 8 Things to Do to Discover Your New Home

Anytime you move to a new city, it can take time before you feel quite like a local would. And moving to New York City is no exception. It seems as though everyone has their lists on what to do, but here is some advice from a native. Kick start tackling this new city or rediscovering just why you love New York.

Governor’s Island

In between Manhattan and Brooklyn is a serene retreat great for an afternoon getaway from the hustle. Just a ferry ride away where weekend trips are free, spend time exploring the 172-acre island with plenty of activities, including an interactive sculpture garden. Grab the ferry by 310 Hanover and 95 Wall or across the East River at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Bring your bike or rent one once you arrive to ride the perimeter and witness some spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Walk the High Line

Close to 21 Chelsea, the High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated park along a historic freight rail line. From the Meatpacking district to just north of Chelsea, the High Line has features like sundecks, overlooks, water views, a lawn, and plenty of local eateries. Make sure to stop in The Standard Hotel, to enjoy a cocktail at their beautiful rooftop bar.

Shakespeare in the Park 

Free for all, Shakespeare in the Park is a perfect way to spend a summer evening. With beautiful production quality and star-studded casts, each performance is sure to impress. Whether you choose The Taming of the Shrew or Troilus and Cressida this summer, definitely add this unique New York experience to your bucket list. Just make sure to get in line early for tickets, but don’t worry- local delis will deliver food to you wherever you’re waiting.

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Starting in June, HBO hosts an outdoor film series in Bryant Park—just a few city blocks from Times Square. With past films like Footloose, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future, there are plenty of options throughout its two-month span. Grab a blanket, some friends, food and drinks and make Mondays more enticing than they are otherwise.

Magnolia Bakery

A necessity to all New Yorkers, Magnolia Bakery will quickly become a go-to sweet eatery. The bakery has daily cupcake options, an array of cakes, breads, puddings, and an out of this world Molasses cookie. Don’t be intimidated by the line, it is 100% worth it—every time. If you’re feeling really adventurous try taking one of their baking classes and learn the secret behind the madness!

Sheep Meadow

A perfect afternoon or weekend hang, Sheep Meadow is always a worthy place to lounge and soak up some sun in the heart of the city. This 15-acre lawn can get busy, but you can always find a spot to have a picnic with friends or read a new book and people watch. The best part of this spot is feeling surrounded by nature while still seeing the city skyline.


A weekly Brooklyn food flea market- Smorgasburg is the perfect event for every Sunday Funday. Whether you choose the Williamsburg or Prospect Park location, the event hosts dozens of local vendors leaving you with plenty of options. With items like a raindrop cake and a ramen burger, it is the perfect event to learn about some new bistros to explore.

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

A local New York chain, Jack’s has grown to serve over 50,000 people a week. Whether you need an on-the-go pick me up or an afternoon spot to sit back, the atmosphere and beverages will not disappoint. Jack’s has six locations throughout Manhattan, with some only a short walk from 10 Hanover and 95 Wall, this coffee shop is a must for all New York residents.

Evelyn Gallagher

is a native New Yorker transplanted to Kentucky where she graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Marketing and Sociology. New to Denver and UDR, when she isn’t in the office she can be found drinking too much coffee, exploring the mountains trying to find the best views, or plotting her next adventure traveling.

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