Tell us if this describes you.
You’re a West Coast native. You’ve got the laid-back attitude and the dry sense of humor. You have fewer opinions on bagels than most of the people in this city, and more opinions on coffee (Dunkin’ is not an alternative to Starbucks).
Now look, we know not all West Coasters are a monolith. But let’s be real, when those of us from the West Coast take the thrilling jump to NYC, no matter how exciting it is, it can still take a bit of adjustment. Depending on where you’re from, it might be a minute before you’re used to the density of the city, the non-stop pace of life, and the access to decent public transit.
And when you’re in the process of moving to New York, it’s super valuable to know what neighborhoods might help you feel a little bit more at home.
Below are our recommended neighborhoods based on a few factors: proximity to green spaces for walking, biking, and hiking, (don’t talk to me about what East Coasters think a “mountain” is…); access to healthy local food options; and places where housing is a bit less cramped.