One of the first things most transplanted New Yorkers notice about Fun City is how damn expensive it is. This instant ramen costs 79 cents? Back at my town's Stop-N-Shop it was 50 cents! But to dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers like you, this isn't highway robbery, it's just what stuff costs. And on the occasions when you're forced to venture outside the city, at least it's nice that you don't have to pay as much for stuff in the vast wasteland that is the continental United States.
10. The high cost of living isn't high, it's normal.