– The Subway –
I’ve never been the London Underground’s biggest fan, but all that changed after experiencing the subways’s daily delays, station closures and line changes. Londeners get irate waiting 3 mins for the next tube, in New York you could be waiting for up to 20. On the plus side, there’s air con in the carriages, it’s 24hr and you’re not crammed in like sardines, as you are on the tube.
– Banking –
When it comes to card payment, New York is in the dark ages. Contactless has yet to make it stateside, while chip and pin is a rare occurrence. More often than not you will need to sign, the old school way. This has led my card being defrauded several times, so remember to check your online banking!
– Tipping –
Tipping. for. everything. Food, drink, coffee, taxis, beauty services, having your picture taken in Times Square…you get the gist.
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– Supermarkets –
Where are all the Supermarkets? New York is seriously lacking in this department with a small selection of overpriced, poor-quality supermarkets. Trader Joe’s is a saving grace and there is also Whole Foods. But give me Sainsburys, Tesco’s, and M&S any day.
– Rent –
I thought London had it bad, but New Yorkers fork out thousands for box-sized apartments. But I guess that’s the price you pay to live the New York dream!
– Vacation –
Prepare to wave goodbye to that generous holiday you enjoyed in London. An average New York starter will have 10 days annual leave, which barely increases as you move up the ranks. However, expats can take solace in the 11 annual bank holidays.
– Lethal Drinks –
Finally a positive! London bartenders will painstaking measure you out the smallest amount of liquor, while in New York it’s all about the free pouring – think a glass of gin and dash of tonic. A definite plus for the bank balance.
– Weather –
The New York climate is much more extreme than London. Get ready for long hot summers (bonus!) and slightly shorter but very cold winters. New York snow days take on a whole new meaning with extreme snowfall forcing many offices and schools to close. Hooray for snow days!