I’ve lived in New York City for over 8 years and the city and lifestyle is a unique beast, both intimidating and surprisingly soft-hearted when you get to the core. It’s a pedestrian city, where residents commute by metro, bus, taxi and foot, a city of high rise towers that allow only pieces of sky to peek down. It’s a time efficient city, where people walk quickly and you can get almost any food imaginable, by hitting the streets or delivered to you via order by phone. It’s a city of dreams ,where the world’s top talents come to make their names and fortunes in art, dance, theater, fashion, music, entertainment and business. And finally, its a city which never sleeps.
Would you live there?
As with all cities, there is a community camaraderie and shared understanding which governs the New York City M.O. New Yorkers have a mentality, lifestyle and quirks different from other cities the U.S. or in the world. Here are some of the holy commandments which govern them.
12 Commandments of The New Yorker’s Bible
1- You are expected to push and fight for EVERYTHING (a place in line, your way at customer service, the subway, career opportunities…)
2- Never walk around something if you can push you way through it.
3- There is never enough time in the day to do all that you want, but still you try.
4- Sleeping in on the weekends is nothing to congratulate yourself for or admit to.
5- The world would be a better place without “indecisive people” (or tourists that stop in the middle of the sidewalk).
6- Impossible does not exist (and if it does, is either hypothetical or used as an example of how other cities run).
7- The deadline was (and always) will be “Yesterday” and there are no excuses.
8- Most of your NYC lifetime will be spent climbing stairs- literally and metaphorically.
9- Each person has a closet Type A personality and it lives through “mental checklists”.
10- New Yorkers “engineer” structurally-sound ways to ensure their dreams are executed properly and with precision; Dreamers fly their dreams like kites...with string.
11- Juggling at least two career lives is standard.
12- Your motto is “Live to Work” (not vice-versa).
FYI There are no thou’s in the New Yorker’s Bible.