Each year, millions of young professionals from all over the country and world move here in search of their dream career. For many, New York signifies opportunity and is a manifestation of the American dream, but is living and working in NYC all that it's cracked up to be?
New York City isn't always an easy place to live. With a high (and ever-increasing) cost of living, a fickle housing market, competitive culture, and less-than-efficient public transportation, the city is filled with obstacles that can sometimes make thriving here a challenge. And, when it comes to navigating work culture, things aren't always much easier. After all, this is a land of pros and cons: For instance, the average New Yorker works 49 hours a week (thanks to an average weekly commute of nearly six and a half hours) but also makes higher-than-average wages.
In order to paint a better picture of what it's like to live and work in New York City — especially given the city's polarity — Refinery29 chatted with six transplants from different cities about what they wish they had known before moving to the city.