To many newcomers of New York, the city can be one of the scariest, most intimidating places in the world. Luckily, the rep New Yorkers get for being unfriendly is (mostly) untrue. This city can take you to great heights, whether you've come to the big metropolis to pursue a creative endeavor or to do some general soul-searching—not to mention all of the interesting people you'll meet. All it takes to survive in New York is an unsmoteable spirit and a bit of street smarts, both of which come with time. But, if time is not on your side, with our list of essential NYC hacks you can skip the missed trains and the angry man at the bodega grumbling, "Cash only." You're welcome—and welcome to the jungle.

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