- I traveled from Houston to stay with a friend in NYC for five days during New York Fashion Week.
- I noticed a few differences between life in the two cities.
- You can easily get around NYC without a car, and the city is taking vaccination mandates seriously.
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However, I thought maybe my Lyft from the airport would cost less since the distance wasn’t that far. I was wrong. A Lyft to my friend’s apartment was almost double what it would cost me to get to my local airport at home despite both distances being around 13 miles (21km).
This could be because New York has such an expansive public transportation system compared to other cities (including Houston), so I probably hear more about people traveling by subways and buses than by car.
As we drove from the airport, I was shocked to learn how brutal the traffic can be.
According to RentCafe data, this is typical: The average rent in Houston is $US1,205 ($AU1,664) for 880 square feet, while the average rent in Brooklyn is $US3,010 ($AU4,157) for 654 square feet.
Thankfully, it was only about three blocks or a five-minute walk to a laundromat from where my friend lives so it wasn’t too far. The weather was nice when we walked there, but I imagine it’s inconvenient during the colder months.
However, I wanted to see what a physical store looked like so we stopped by Super Foodtown near her neighborhood in Brooklyn. This particular store surprised me because I was expecting something much smaller. This is one of the largest grocery stores in Brooklyn, and I would say size-wise it is pretty comparable to similar grocery stores in Houston.
That said, despite the space and the popularity of grocery delivery, the line in this grocery store was still very long.
However in New York City, it seems to be more cost-effective to avoid owning a car altogether — plus you don’t have to worry about the stress of where to park it. During my stay, we used the subway system, and I thought it was very efficient for the number of people it transports daily.
For example, I was craving a green juice and Google revealed there were three places within walking distance of us. In Houston, I would have to drive at least 10 minutes to find a similar place.
One restaurant we went to did charge for chips and salsa which I’ve never experienced but that could be a one-off.
While some individual businesses in Houston have vaccine rules, so far no establishment in Houston has inquired about my vaccination status.