Essentials for NYC city living
1. A pair of comfortable walking shoes.
New Yorkers tend to walk much more than other city dwellers and the city's concrete pavements can be brutal on your feet. So forget about your Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks(or carry them in your tote for a quick change like many NYC women do)and invest in a good pair of shoes which have the right arch support. Believe me your feet will bless you.
2. A humidifier
I got acquainted with a humidifier during my first NYC winter when I realized that my cranked up NYC apartment heating was drying out my skin and furniture.
3. A Duane Reade dollar rewards loyalty card
If you live in NYC chances are you are forever popping into a Duane Reade store which like branches of banks can be found at nearly every street corner. It makes sense then to sign up for a Duane Reade loyalty card which gives you a $5 dollar reward once you have accumulated 100 points on your card.Woohoo.. similair cards are offered by New York City grocery chains like D'agostino(Dagnyc) and Gristedes. Believe me the savings are worth it and in NYC e
4. A good winter coat and all covering hat and scarf and lined gloves.
Totally needed in a city where the wind chill during the winter months is bruuutal.
5. A windowed kitchen/ well ventilated bathroom
When you are looking to buy/rent an apartment in the city try an choose one which has either or both of these. A windowed kitchen is necessary if you choose to cook in your tiny NYC kitchen for then if you open the window all the various cooking smells will blow away rather than waft into the corridor and offend your neighbors-.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/06/realestate/06cov.html.
Similarly a well ventilated bathroom will keep nasty mold away
6. A MetroCard
It could be pay as you go or a monthly unlimited but a metrocard is essential if you plan to avail of NYC's excellent public transport system. ( MTA buses do accept cash but no notes and only quarters can be used to pay the fare)
7. A hair catcher/stopper
Everyone knows that NYC's sewage system is ancient and dodgy and bathtub drains can quite easily get clogged here. To spare yourself the trouble of unclogging a drain it would be wise to invest in a hair catcher. Available at Bed Bath and Beyond-http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=13708878
8. This one is for the ladies- a large handbag with an outside zippered pocket
In NYC we tend to be out and about a lot and outsiders always seem to remark on the size of our handbags which are often large enough to hold kitchen sinks. However I definitely think they are necessary as many of us dont drive cars and need to lug 'essentials' around in our handbags for e.g. hat , gloves, scarf, pocket size umbrella,makeup bag etc Moreover when buying a new handbag I always make sure it has an outsid