The thing that is a MUST on your agenda while in New York, New York is network. If you’re going with friends, reach out to anyone you may know in the Big Apple. If you’re going alone, definitely find someone you may know. First, it’s a difficult city to navigate alone or if your haven’t been there before. Second, you probably know someone- a friend, a friend’s relative, a classmate- in New York.
If you cannot seem to find a contact in NYC, LinkedIn is your best friend. Connect with multiple people that are in your current or desired field. Tell them you’ll be in the city and ask for coffee.
When you’re networking, you want to learn as much as possible about the other person, their passion, their career, and their location. The best part is people love talking about themselves! Majority rule is that if you ask a stranger for coffee because you’re interested in their field, they are flattered and will tell you more than you thought you wanted to know.
Ask that person about local places you should check out, museums such as the 9/11 Memorial, the National Finance Museum, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), restaurants, boutiques- ask them about their favorites. Then, visit those places and give them feedback of your experience! When asking about where to visit, ask about who else you should reach out to. The person you’re talking to has connections and growing your network is always beneficial. Plus, you probably need to know someone to see places such as the NYSE.
The hardest part for me was taking advantage of the little things. There is so much going on in the city, so many big things, that the small things get drowned out. If you can, take the time to just stop (not in the middle of the sidewalk because you’ll be pushed aside) and take it all in. The buildings, the people, the smells. People do not stop to talk to each other in NYC, but if you can try to stop one person for one minute (usually at a store counter or a bar) and ask them about their experience in NYC, you’ll get precious insight.
NYC is the city that never sleeps, so you shouldn’t either- figuratively of course. Everyone is continuously moving and grooving and you should try to get into that lifestyle for the time you’re there. It’s tiring, but completely worth it. There is so much to see and so little time. Try to keep moving and experience as much as you possibly can!