With nyc PR girls, A and I hope to give our readers a bit of insight into New York City living. We are both in 100% of agreement if we can make it here, YOU can make it here, and you can make it anywhere. But what exactly are you supposed to do when you get here? And who are you supposed to do it with?
While exploring New York solo is one of my favorite ways to chill out after a hard week, having a great friend base in the city is invaluable. If you’re coming to NYC from abroad, across the country, or just far away from your hometown/collegetown, you may not have a lot of friendly contacts lined up to meet for drinks. Lucky for you, New York is naturally one of the most social cities on the planet. Everyone is looking to learn something new from everyone else. Think of it this way – if you are in New York, chances are there are a bunch of people just like you looking to meet new friends too!
To get you started, here are a few new ways to meet new friends in the Big Apple:
Start at the office – Many of my close friends are people I’ve met through work contacts. It’s never a good idea to try to become the bestie of everyone you work with, but being social and meeting for drinks with colleagues is acceptable, if not expected in PR. Attend industry events like CEW or PRSA and start expanding your network. A dinner date with a new contact to discuss career choices could turn into a lasting friendship.
Join a club/Start a hobby – As public relations girls we are already SO busy, it’s hard to imagine fitting in another commitment. Starting a hobby, volunteering or signing up for a club activity is a great way to help you manage your time (make time for you – we can’t say it enough!) and introduce you to some new people outside of your career path. We’re big fans of NYC Road Runners, Yoga to the People, Liberated Movement and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
MeetUp.com – Kind of like match.com or okcupid.com for social events, but absolutely free! You can look for anything from book clubs, to group runs, to knitting class, to alumni events, to wine tasting and find a bunch of other people to attend.
How have you started to make new friends in New York City?