Happy Monday, loves! Hope everyone had a fab weekend…my besties from middle school/high school were in town, so I had a fun-filled, super packed wknd 🙂 It was the first time they had ever been to NYC – which obviously includes the first time they’ve ever taken the oh so popular NEW YORK SUBWAY. They started asking me how I became accustomed to the subway life, given that I’ve grown up in Texas and always had a car at my convenience…so I decided that it would be fun to write a blog post all about it. For those of you curious, here are the pros/cons to riding a NYC subway –
- Convenience – you can get pretty much anywhere in the NYC metro area.
- Cost savings – definitely cheaper than a car, car insurance, or ubers 😛
- Not worrying about the crazy NYC traffic above ground- woooo!
- The entertainment – oh, it’s real. Dancers, singers, you name it…you’ll probably witness it at some point.
- Dirtyness – yes, there are rats (eeeek, especially at night!). I mean, you are underground.
- Overcrowded rides where you can’t breathe – it’s the worst when you’re surrounded by sick people who cough/sneeze on you and you can’t even move away, ugh!
- The dreaded delays – don’t plan on being on time to anything unless you leave 30+ minutes in advance from when you actually want to get there.
- Confusion of reroutes – this takes a while to get used to and being able to figure out where to go if a train gets rerouted is a challenge!
Definitely both pros and cons to riding the subway, but overall I like it so much more than driving! I’m definitely not the best driver (typical Asian woman driver over here :P), so I dig the convenience of a subway 🙂 It takes time to learn & adjust (wouldn’t be able to function without my maps app!), but after residing in New York for 2.5 years now – I feel like I’ve truly learned the ins and outs of living the NYC commuter life. It secretly makes me so happy when people ask me for directions in the subway…I feel like a true New Yorker being able to help them out! If you are visiting NYC, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help…8/10 times New Yorkers will be super friendly to you 😉
Details on my NYC street style look are below (and yes, I definitely got some stares while taking these photos in the subway…ha!) –