2005_07_asknewyork.jpgI am moving to Brooklyn from Washington, DC, in a month. My boyfriend moved here 8 months ago. My family is from New York City but I have never lived here. On the other hand, my boyfriend lived here for 4 years when he was in college a while ago. It already drives him crazy that I don't know my way around when I visit. I'm afraid I'm going to put a major strain on our relationship when I actually move in. I grew up in cities around the world and love learning how to get around a city, but NYC, I admit, is a little intimidating. What do you think is the best way to get to know the city and become less dependent on other people's help when I move here?

Yes, New York is a big city and that can be intimidating, but we think you'll find that many areas are quite neighborhood-y and have a real community feel. We suggest you start by getting to know your own local neighborhood in Brooklyn where you'll be living. Take walks around the neighborhood, go to some free activities in your local community, hang out in the bar on the corner. We've met lots of people in our Brooklyn 'hood just by, well, hanging out there. Don't be afraid to break the ice and talk to your neighbors.

We also suggest that you try and join some groups, sign up for some mailing lists, or look at events calendars that relate to your interests. A few good general-interest places to start:
Go Brooklyn
Free NYC

We're sure you'll meet plenty of new people who will be willing to show you around and help you get to know your new home.

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