You made it to New York City!
Summer internships in the Big Apple are really exciting—whether they're in finance, media, the arts, or any other industry.
But you might also find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed in the sea of 8.5 million people.
Like, how are you supposed to work all day, feed yourself, do your laundry, and keep your apartment from turning into a complete disaster?
First, buy a MetroCard
The New York City subway has 472 stations across 722 miles of track. This means you can get almost anywhere in the city for just $2.75. That's a steal compared to cabs, Uber, or Lyft.
You can save even more with an unlimited MetroCard. These are especially useful if you'll be commuting to work every day.
A 30-day unlimited is $121, so after 44 swipes the card will pay for itself. (For comparison, a normal month has around 20-22 work days, and don't forget weekends!)
And if you lose your card, don't worry. The MTA will reimburse you a prorated amount for however many days were left on the pass (roughly $4 a day).
Better yet, go on bike
There are 600 Citi Bike docks throughout the city—and the system is rapidly expanding to farther away neighborhoods.
A day pass is $24, offering unlimited half-hour rides for 24 hours, which isn't bad if you want to spend an afternoon riding along the river.
But to get your money's worth, shell out for a full-year pass and you'll get unlimited 45 minute rides for $14 a month. It's great for one-way trips or getting somewhere the subway doesn't go.
Download all of the transit apps.
Google Maps is a good start, especially now that it has x-ray maps of the subway stations.
Add on City Mapper, and you're really in business. Just save your home, work and any other important address and you'll have subway, bus, biking, walking or riding directions just a tap away.
If you're really feeling charitable, Transit uses the location of other riders to tell you when the next train is coming—a miraculous feat given the how old the technology running the entire subway system is. But you have to share data in order to get data.
ry Exit Strategy, it'll tell you where to go, as well as where you should stand on a platform so you can be closest to the exit at your destination. It's worth the $4.
Pool your Seamless vouchers.
If you're interning on Wall Street this summer, then you've almost definitely been allotted a certain amount of money for Seamless dinners. Lots of other companies do this too.
Make the most of those vouchers by pooling them with 3 or 4 colleagues and getting a family-size order that serves 6 or 8 people.
And if your company doesn't offer you Seamless...
Try ordering from Eat24. The company is owned by Yelp and has a lot of restaurants that you'd also find on Seamless.
Better yet, buy your meals in bulk ahead of time.
MealPal, the Class Pass of food delivery, lets you purchase your lunch via a subscription. You can get 20 meals per month for $6 each, or 12 meals for 40 cents more.
The only catch? You have to buy them all at once, and have to choose your meal the night before starting at 5pm. If you forget, you'll likely get the bottom of the barrel as the most popular meals go quick.
You can read Business Insider's full review of the service here.
Don't even try to doing laundry yourself.
Send it out instead.
If you live in a building that doesn't have a washer and dryer in-house (which is pretty common in NYC), the amount of time, effort, and money you will spend trekking to and from the laundromat, sack in hand, is simply not worth it.
In many neighborhoods, it doesn't cost much more to pay your local laundromat to wash your clothes for you. They'll even fold them perfectly to fit in your dresser.
Or, try Fly Cleaners. They pick up your laundry, clean it, and drop it off for free if your order is over $30, and they have a handy app.
Don't waste all your money at the gym.
$200 a month for a gym membership? No thanks.
But don't worry, if you want to keep on top of that Seamless belly, there are cheaper gyms out there.
Or maybe the gym isn't your thing?
Or check out Yoga to the People, which offers Vinyasa and hot yoga classes around the city. No fees, but donations of $10/class are recommended.
There are over 1,7000 parks throughout New York City and every single one of them is 100% free to walk, jog, sit, stretch, or (almost) anything else you could dream of.
"Cook dinner" – without really cooking dinner.
Blue Apron sends you all the ingredients you need to cook a healthy meal – in just the right proportions (for 2, 4, or 6 people). Once a week, they deliver a box with food and recipes for each meal. It costs about $10/meal.
Who knows, your colleagues might even be working on Blue Apron's upcoming IPO.
Another option is Plated.
A hack to make plans, quick, if you ever find some free time.
TimeOut New York also keeps up to date listings of free and paid events throughout the five boroughs. Grab a copy of their print edition every Wednesday (look for it near subway stations) for everything from comedy shows to Broadway, and divey bars to swanky clubs.
Skip the all-night rager and do boozy brunch instead.
Brunch is way more fun. And for many New Yorkers, it's the main event of the weekend. Here are some suggestions:
Cafe Cortadito, in the East Village,
Agave in the West Village,
Sign up for Groupon and Living Social — and actually pay attention to their emails.
Both websites offer great deals daily for anything from spa treatments, to helicopter rides, and dance classes.
Skip the grocery runs.
Stay in control of your budget.
Use Mint, a super handy app to keep on top of your budget. Among other things, they'll help you manage your money, pay your bills and track your credit score.
Once you've got some extra cash you want to save, sign up for Digit. The app will automatically transfer from your checking to a non-interest-bearing savings account each month.
If you're feeling extra brave, throw some of your extra cash into Robinhood and try your hand at the stock market. The app takes no commissions or fees from any of your stock trades, and has a low minimum to start investing.
Find your happy place.
New York City is overwhelming, and it's easy to feel lost here. Don't try to experience the whole city in one summer. Instead, find a few special places and activities that make you happy, and own them.
Get to know your dry cleaner, your local barista, and the shawarma guy on your corner. It'll make you feel more at home.
Find the nearest happy hour ASAP.
There's obviously an app for this. (You can also create your own happy hour events.)
It's also possible to drink $1 beers every night of the week if you do your research and have lots of patience.
If you don't want to leave your apartment, there are plenty of tipsy delivery startups vying to bring booze straight to your door.
Explore the city's 83 museums.
Many of museums have reduced student tickets and free/reduced ticket prices on certain evenings. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Whitney Museum
- Museum of the City of New York
- New York Historical Society
- American Museum of Natural History
- New York Transit Museum
Off the beaten path:
- Museum of American Finance
- Museum of Food and Drink
- Museum of Sex
You know about Uber. Now try Via.
Via takes you
Obviously it's a bit of a problem if you live outside of those boundaries, but otherwise, ride away.
Eat something new.
There's no excuse for eating another bland sandwich ever again. From tacos in Jackson Heights, to Caribbean food in Crown Heights, to Chinese food in Chinatown and Flushing, there is plenty of international fare up up for grabs. Here's proof in 60 seconds.
Learn New York City like the back of your hand.
Route4me for Apple can help get you to a string of places, finding the fastest way of getting you from home, to work, the grocery store, laundromat, the bar, and back.
Of course, there's no substitute for just going out and learning the streets. Most of the city is pretty easy to navigate thanks to the grid, but places like the West Village are notoriously difficult to navigate.
Look up from your phone next time you walk and you'll be leading your friends around like a local in no time.
Never go without wifi.
If you're skimping on your data plan, you need to know where to get wifi around the city.
LinkNYC kiosks have been popping up all over the city in long-forgotten pay phone booths. They offer free wifi, USB charging and a touchscreen for web browsing.
Let the internet do your "extreme couponing."
For Google Chrome users, a free add-on called "Honey" will find promo codes and coupons for online retailers including Amazon and Seamless, and give users the option to plug in discounts at check-out.
For borough-specific deals and cheap living ideas, check out Brokelyn.
Make new friends.
Meetup offers groups for everything from sports to yoga, and music to finance.
Find something you're interested in and show up to an event, you're guaranteed to have something to talk about.
Have drinks delivered to your door.
For the days you just can't even, minibardelivery.com will bring the booze to the door in 30-60 minutes. Super helpful for when you run out of booze at a pregame.
A 750 ml bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon sells for $6.59.
But that doesn't mean you have to stay indoors all the time. Even for the movies.
When the city is getting too crowded and you just can't deal.
Avoid Humans, an app, will tell you where to go based on Foursquare and Instagram data to get away from the crowds.
Granted its not perfect, and all you might end up avoiding are food-pornographers and users who don't want people to know where they are. But it is a start.
Prospect Park has acres upon acres of trees and grass. It gets crowded when the weather's nice, but if you look hard enough, a hiding spot won't be hard to find.
See a movie you couldn't see at home.
No matter what genre is your favorite, there's bound to be a theater or bar playing your favorite movies at some point.
Outsource your apartment chores.
Sometimes a week will pass before you notice your floor is carpeted by clothes and your sink is full of dishes.
Task Rabbit is also a handy resource if you have a variety of needs — from help moving, to cleaning, to shopping or delivery, the company has a host "taskers" on hand to meet your requirements.
Find a free laugh.
Make sure you get your Vitamin D.
New York City beaches are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day with lifeguards on duty. You can take the new ferry service straight from Wall Street to Rockaway Beach for no more than a subway ride.
Hudson River is another great resource for free activities outdoors from fishing to movies and everything in between.
If you run out of things to do in the city, hop on the Metro North for beautiful hiking in the Hudson Valley just a short train ride away.
Get outta town.
There's plenty to do in New York City, but sometimes you just need a break.
Metro North will get you from Grand Central Terminal to upstate and Connecticut, while the Long Island Railroad can get you almost anywhere on the island.
If you're looking for somewhere off of the beaten path, join Enterprise Car Share or Zipcar to get access to vehicles all across the city with hourly rental rates. Take one to the beach or just to get groceries. Your arms will thank you.