How to Make It in New York

If Abbi and Ilana can make it here, you probably can, too.

It takes two highly experienced (and sometimes just high) New Yorkers to navigate the Big Apple. From making ends meet to getting a little R&R, Abbi and Ilana prove that big city living doesn’t have to be a struggle as long you have your BFF by your side and some basic NYC know-how.

  1. BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING ON THE SUBWAY

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    The MTA is tough enough to figure out already without having to deal with all of the “colorful” straphangers around you. So make like Abbi and Ilana and turn your commute into a safari adventure — and pray you make it to the last car in one piece.

  2. HUSTLE HARD

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    New York City isn’t cheap. There’s no shame in trying to make a buck any way that you can — even if that means earning tips by busking in the park. And whatever you do, don’t let anybody gank your spot.

  3. LOWER YOUR STANDARDS

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    Finding an apartment is no easy task. In your hunt for new digs, you’ll encounter plenty of duds — but that not-so-perfect pad in your budget is just a few lifestyle compromises away. Just be ready to help your broker tackle her emotional problems, and make sure that your king-size mattress can fold all the way in half.

  4. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

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    Ugh, the subway again? It’s not just the people who make public transportation unbearable. But in the case of train delays, that same assortment of characters can provide endless entertainment — which may come in handy if you’re stuck underground indefinitely.

  5. APPRECIATE YOUR ALONE TIME

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    Whether you’re walking through the congested streets or packing onto the subway for your daily commute, alone time in New York City is a rare commodity. Even home life usually means sharing tight quarters with roommates (and/or their significant others), so be sure to make the most of any people-free moments — preferably while dancing to Lady Gaga in the buff.