New York is the most exciting city in the world, hands down. But if you’ve just moved here and don’t know many people, or anyone, it can get pretty lonely and overwhelming. It does not take long to realize that Friends/Sex and the City/Seinfeld/Every Show About New York Ever was made-up and that making friends actually takes some effort.
That’s why we’ve made a list of some of the best ways to meet people in the city. No matter what your interest is, there is something for everyone here, and the great thing about moving to a new city is that you can be anything you want (especially in New York!).
HERE ARE THE TOP 8 WAYS TO MEET PEOPLE IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE CITY:
1. Social Groups
There are a ton of groups to meet people! Lots of New Yorkers are looking to make new friends, both city natives and others who have recently come to the city.
Meetup.com is a great tool to find clubs and gatherings for events that are interesting to you, from theater to food to singles groups, there is something for everyone. Get excited!
2. Sports and Fitness Clubs
Many sports stores offer their own run clubs, as well, and they are almost always free (an essential to most new New Yorkers). Nike, City Sports, and Paragon Sports are just a few of the stores that meet weekly for a group run, and they usually cater to a wide range of athletes, from marathoners to the more casual joggers.
3. Join a Book Club
Book clubs are a great social activity. There is generally a book club for every neighborhood in NYC.
Some book clubs will read a wide variety of work if you want to expand your literary horizons, but there are lots that focus on a specific genre, like new Non-Fiction or Tolkien, if you are really passionate about a certain subject.These are a great way to meet other New Yorkers and chat (usually over a coffee or a glass of wine—every New Yorkers go-to drinks).
4. Hit Up the Sample Sales
A sample sale is the perfect way into every New York fashionistas heart, and also the perfect way to make friends. Sample sales are constantly happening throughout the city, but most go on during the weekends when people are out and about.
Just getting out and around groups of people with a similar interest, and similar taste in style, can be a great way to strike a conversation and make a friend. Just don’t let this backfire, because if you are both going for the same last black leather, oh-so-perfect, it’s-mine-forever Balenciaga bag you could have just made your worst enemy.
5. Find Your Inner Calm With Yoga
If you don’t love yoga yet, as a New Yorker, you will. Yoga is offered all over the city, and many studios offer discounts for purchasing multiple classes at one time, with some that are entirely donation-based.
Liberated Movement in Tribeca not only offers donation-based yoga, but dance classes, as well. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or want to try something new, this is a great way to do something healthy and meet really cool people.
6. Take A Class–Literally, Any Class You Ever Wanted To Take
If you really wanted to become a professional lightsaber fighter but your parents made you major in biology as an undergrad, now is the time to pursue those lightsaber skills, and make a friend or two while you do it.
NYC offers hundreds of classes on almost anything you can think of—from the more mainstream acting and cooking to the more bizarre and risqué, like how to burlesque, to taxidermy, to yes, light saber fighting. Taking a class is a great way to meet people, and you know you already have something in common, since you both signed up for the class!
7. Do Some Good and Go Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to meet people and feel more connected to NYC by doing something good for it and its residents.
There are tons of volunteer opportunities out there depending on your interests, from planting trees in the park, to tutoring for after-school programs and English language learners, to guiding the poor lost tourists around the city and out of the way of the heard of 9 am rush hour commuters at Times Square. This is a great way to make friends and do some good. Get inspired!
8. Take Yourself Out On A Date
While we all know that the hookup culture has taken over the concrete jungle, one of the many great things about the city is that no one cares if you go sit at a café by yourself and eat lunch or go have a cocktail alone.
Taking yourself out can be very empowering, which will really boost your confidence—so much so, that you won’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with someone sitting across from you.
You are in New York City, put your bold pants on and put yourself out there. How else are you going to find your real-life group of “Friends?” Cheers to you making some of the best friends in the best city in the world.
This article was written by a regular Big Appled contributor, Sarah Pietryka.
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