New York, NY - The City of Intimidation

I've devised a new method of travel to get between home in Philadelphia and home in Connecticut. Prior to this I was using Amtrak, which is crazy expensive. My new method is Bolt Bus from Philadelphia to Penn Station in NY, cab from Penn Station to Grand Central Station, and Metro-North the rest of the way to Connecticut. The whole journey takes one hour longer than Amtrak, but is half the cost.

The only part about the travel that is a tad bit stressful is that being in New York city part lol. It is slightly intimidating.

Intimidation Catalysts:

Blending/Not Belonging

Maybe it's psychological, but I feel like New Yorkers can look at me and tell that I'm not from New York. I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb, like a skinny girl in a plus-sized store. Feeling like everyone can see I am an outsider adds to the intimidating-ness of everything else.

Hailing a Cab

I found myself in the above position, for a long time. Hailing a cab is intimidating because there is always the question of where to stand, how far out into the street, what corner, etc. THEN, after you get a cab to stop, they ask you where you are going, and you have to hope your destination is in the vicinity of where they would like to go, if not, you are back to holding your arm up in hopes of another yellow coated savior.


There is either someone trying to sell you something, or someone with tears in their eyes trying to convince you that their family is waiting on them at their brother's funeral and they need your money to help them get a train home (this is the "true" story I got during my travels this weekend). I feel like I have to be super on guard to make sure I don't get sucked into any illegitimate deals.

Does New York, NY intimidate YOU?


  1. When in the big city like it can smell the fear like a wild predator. My suggestion to anyone that feels this way is to Man up and stop being a punk. You from philly now act like it. LOL

  2. I've never been there and many people have tried to compare NYC to SF or LA, but I think the culture is probably really different.

  3. I am much more nervous about being in Philly-even in a group-then being in NYC alone. I love going to NYC, I love being one of many.

  4. This comming from the girl who was convinced by a homeless woman to walk four blocks out of her way and use her debit card to purchase her a meal and a COOKIE!!!!! OH and I am super proud of your blog!!!!!

  5. Surprisingly, when I was in NYC, it didn't intimidate me in the slightest. I actually LOVED it. The sights, the sounds, even the smells sometimes. There was so much of a story to every inch of that place, and every person you encountered.

  6. Love the pic, just be careful and have fun

  7. New York intimidates me no more than any large city. The only thing is, I'm not afraid to make a fool out of myself in another country, but would be in NY since I'd understand what people were saying.

  8. New York City is no big deal. Go to Tokyo - way more dense, populated, brighter lights, busier, etc. With 40 million people in greater Tokyo, it makes NYC feels like Boise, Idaho.


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