If your only experience of New York City has been through TV and movies chances are you have some pretty big misconceptions of what it’s like to live in the Big Apple. Is it the frightening crime-ridden place portrayed in Law and order? Are all New Yorkers snobbish and rude? Experience should tell you by now that you can’t trust everything you see on TV. Here are the six most common misconceptions and myths about New York City.

1. New York City is Manhattan

If you’ve ever watched Sex and the City, Seinfeld, or friends you can quickly get the impression that all of New York is Manhattan. Here’s a fact, all of New York is 790 sqm in total, Manhattan consists of only 59 sqm of that. It’s made up of five boroughs (Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island). All of these areas have their unique communities, architecture, and culture, so there’s plenty to see off the island.

2. New Yorkers are rude and self-centered

As rushed as life in New York is this one is simply not true. Yes, many New Yorkers do go the distance to avoid any contact or conversation, but that’s usually because they don’t want to get stuck in an awkward situation or prefer to mind their own business. If you do need help, they’ll often render every assistance possible, just so long as you’re not trying to sell them anything.

3. It’s noisy and unsafe

Yes, the city can be noisy. After all, this is a place where few people have backyards or cars, and apartments can be ridiculously small. The streets, subways and public places, in general, are loud and packed with people but that’s kind of why people like living here. It’s exciting and full of energy. If you want somewhere quiet, you’ll find plenty of spots outside central Manhattan. Some areas in West Village, Brooklyn, and upper Manhattan are about as quiet as they get.

As for crime trust us, it’s not near as bad as the movies make sit out to be. In fact, it even made the top ten of the safest cities in the world.

4. it’s astoundingly expensive

It’s a lot more affordable to live here than visit. Hotel rooms are undoubtedly costly, but if you know where to go, you can keep expenses down. The trick is to live like a New Yorker. Take the subway instead of cabs, don’t always eat out and when you do go where the locals go. Many things in NYC are cheaper than they are in Europe or other big cities so don’t think you won’t be able to afford living here.

5. It has very little green space

This is just plain wrong. In fact, 19.5% of New York’s land is dedicated to parks. According to the Trust for Public Land, New York is home to some of the best parks in the country. Here you can find a park for nearly everything from picnics to skate parks to beautiful sunsets.

6. Living in New York is Glamorous

New Yorker’s are proud of their city but living there is far from the glamorous experience many outsiders think it is. Sure, there is a romantic vibe about it, and there’s always something going on but living there is not how the movies present it. People have their routines and bills to pay just like everyone else. Unless you’re a millionaire, living in New York is far from glamorous.


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