Here are my tips on how to meet people and make friends in NYC: I joined a few groups on Meetup to find some ready made small group events, such as a brunch club and walking tours.
You could also start your own meetup group or come along to one of the AWNY events. Get out and about No explanation needed! No one to go with? Take a deep breath and go alone with an open mind.
Once, I got talking to a political scientist while enjoying a bagel in a Turtle Bay diner. A couple of weeks later, courtesy of my new friend, I found myself with a visitor pass sitting in on the UN General Assembly for climate change. Not only did I survive to tell the tale, but he and I remain friends to this day, and our circle has now expanded to include our respective spouses and children.
So I chatted to the woman on my left, a dynamic and intelligent life force, and we became fast friends. She later confided in me, that prior to sitting next to me at the seminar, she was sitting next to someone who was similarly not interested in chatting and decided to switch seats. New York newbie Felicity describes what this feels like.
Moving to NYC in the first place is a testament to your willingness to move beyond your comfort zone. Enjoy yourself along the way as you never know who you will meet when you step out your front door.
Her free time is spent eating poppy seed bagels, learning guitar and chasing her 2 little kids around NYC. View all posts by Angela Tohl.