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17 Struggles That People Who Don’t Live In NYC Will Never Understand

Katherine Ripley Katherine Ripley

17 Struggles That People Who Don’t Live In NYC Will Never Understand

People in the outside world just don’t understand what we go through living in this city. If any of your friends are decidedly unsympathetic, send them this list of struggles that are all too real.

 

1. Trying to find an apartment is like a torturous game of whack-a-mole

[Jeffrey Kontur/Flickr]
[Jeffrey Kontur/Flickr]
2. Trying to find a roommate can be like a hilariously bad dating show

bad dating show

3. Living with a bad roommate might be a good sitcom but in reality it’s not funny at all

roommate cover

4. Your punctuality is always at the mercy of the public transit system

[Diego Torres Silvestre/Flickr]
[Diego Torres Silvestre/Flickr]
5. But even if you’re late you still need your morning coffee

Best NYC coffee
[Third Rail Coffee]
6. Because you only got 3 hours of sleep last night

sleeping on keyboard

7. Sometimes “working late” means you don’t get home until 10pm

working late

8. Staying out “late” means you don’t get home until 7am

Subway_Sleepers

9. Spending over half your income on rent

losing money

10. Getting charged even more to have a pet

[Chris Goldberg/Flickr]
[Chris Goldberg/Flickr]
11. Unpredicted downpours right when you leave the office

rain cover

12. And you have no umbrella

[Daily Mail]
[Daily Mail]
13. And the subway is 5 blocks away

caught in rain

14. Finding shoes that are stylish, comfortable, durable, and somewhat waterproof

[Aileen Olmedo/Flickr]
[Aileen Olmedo/Flickr]
15. Sleeping when it’s always noisy

can't sleep

16. Surviving the summer without central AC

sweating

17. That smell

[drpavloff/Flickr]
[drpavloff/Flickr]

Cover photo credit: Dianne Rosete/Flickr