Get to Know Your New Neighborhood in a Weekend
After moving to a new neighborhood, you’ve got a lot to discover. From the community’s amenities to local venues and attractions, your new ‘hood has plenty to offer. It may take some time to get your bearings straight, but you can get a pretty good feeling of the neighborhood’s vibe in just one weekend. Follow these relocation tips for a successful move that will make you feel like you are home in no time.
Local Watering Holes
Local bars, pubs and restaurants are great for deciphering a new neighborhood. Even if you’re in a big city, these spots are often filled with locals and regulars who have lived in the area for some time. Pull up a seat at the bar so you can chat up the bartender, who can give you the lowdown. Take this opportunity to talk to as many people as you can. This allows you to mingle with your neighbors, which is a comforting feeling when you live in a big urban sprawl.
Take a Stroll or Bike Ride
So you’ve walked down your block a couple times to go to the corner store, but have you really taken the time to explore without having a mission? On a nice afternoon, walk or bike around your new neighborhood and take notice of the architecture, people, sounds, trees, police presence, local shops, gyms and anything else that you happen to stumble upon. Some find this to be the best way to figure out the layout of an area.
Hop on Public Transportation
Whether or not you will be taking public transportation to get around town, maneuvering your way through local buses and trains is important. You’ll be able to determine if routes run regularly and on schedule, what nearby attractions you can easily access and how long it will take you to get around. Do a bit of research before hopping aboard a bus to make sure you don’t find yourself in a not-so-pleasant neighborhood.
Attend an Event
Check your neighborhood’s event calendar, or ask the bartender that you were talking to if there is an event coming up in the area. Whether it’s a street festival, art gallery opening, neighborhood garage sale or free yoga in the park, attending a local event affords you the opportunity to be active in the community and meet new friends.
Sit on Your Stoop
If your apartment has a stoop, it can be one of the best spots to people watch! The people that live in a neighborhood make up its cultural fabric and lend to the amenities and attractions available in the area. For example, if you see a lot of stroller-pushers trotting along the sidewalks, you may also notice baby clothing stores or day cares in the neighborhood. Or if you see plenty of tattoo-clad trendsetters, you may also find a couple of laid-back dive bars, vintage stores and coffee shops.