What TV & Movies Got Right (& Wrong) About Moving To NYC

So you're thinking of moving to New York? Good idea! It's one of the best cities in the world. But before you pack a suitcase and show up at Port Authority, let's do some fact-checking about what life here will really be like.
For the most part, films and TV have done a hell of a job romanticising the Big Apple. And that's just fine, because it is a desirable place to live. But you should know that not every day is plucked from the life of Carrie Bradshaw. You'll have days when you'll discover an insanely scary looking pest, as in How I Met Your Mother. And you'll learn that local wildlife knows no boundaries. We're talking pigeons eating your lunch right out of your hands. Don't worry. It's all part of the fun.
Ahead, what TV and film got right — and incredibly wrong — about making it in New York, from a native New Yorker.

More from Movies


R29 Original Series

Watch Now
A look at the subcultures around the world that color what we wear — and why.
Watch Now
Explore the world's most most vibrant cultural and culinary centers—in 60 seconds, of course.
Watch Now
The craziest trends, most unique treatments, and strangest subcultures in the beauty world.
Watch Now
Millennial survivor-woman Lucie Fink dives headfirst into social experiments, 5 days at a time.