I’ve been dreaming about NYC for a long time—the city you can see in movies, read about in books—it’s a mega-American city, after all. So I chose it as my first American city to visit as a digital nomad.
I’ve spent a month here, first in a hostel in Manhattan ($420 per week), then in an Airbnb flat in Brooklyn ($400 per 10 days).
Having no office or co-workers, I’ve been working from the hostel, flat and cafes nearby. Need to say I’ve met a lot of people who do the same, so you won’t feel lonely or unusual that way.
During the weekdays I work (most of the time), and I go sightseeing on the weekends.
As I said before, I paid $420 for a week in a Manhattan hostel and $400 for 10 days in a Brooklyn room, so my total monthly rent expenditure should be $1200-$1600.
No need to say that NYC is the place where you can eat any kind of food, I mean from any country of the world. I got used to Chinese and Japanese food in Russia, but here, for example, I’ve been in Ethiopian and Pakistani restaurants (which I fell in love with, so if you go to Brooklyn visit BK Jani, and you won’t regret it).
It’s NYC, so you won’t have any problem finding things to do. I was sightseeing mostly at places that you don’t need to pay for. (For example, it doesn’t cost anything to walk alone in Times Square!).
I also had the strangest theater experience in New York: Sleep No More. They perform a show where you are not just sitting and watching, but you can see different parts of the show by walking around inside the house. That was really something!
I was surprised when I got a taxi, and the driver spoke English worse than me. After that I got the impression that it’s more or less normal here, since a lot of people are coming to NYC to earn some money (and probably send it to their poor relatives).
I can’t say something like “I discovered that all Americans have something in common.” Just like everywhere, you can meet the best people, who you like, or terrible people you’d prefer to avoid.
That was my most expensive place to live as a digital nomad, but it was really worth it.