What New Yorkers miss the most after moving to Pennsylvania

So you’re moving out of New York and changing it for Pennsylvania. Congratulations. The Keystone State seems to be a kind of promised land nowadays so we’re sure that you’ll adapt extremely easy. And although moving out of NYC brings a number of relieves of many kinds, there are things that you’ll miss for sure. And that’s exactly what this article is all about. Get to know what are the things that New Yorkers miss the most after moving to Pennsylvania so you can get as much of them before you relocate.

Some things on this list may seem a little bit counterintuitive but trust us. All of these come from the people that did exactly the same relocation as the one that awaits you. So, you may be surprised.

The Subway

Ok, most of us aren’t interested in chatting with strangers during our daily commute, so that aspect of the New York Subway probably won’t be missed. However, the city’s transit system is one of the best in the world. Opposed to that, pretty much all the people in Pennsylvania do their daily commute in their own cars. So, be prepared for traffic.

Additionally, if you lived in NYC for a long period of time, driving may be a little something that you have completely forgotten, so a little bit of practice before you go is advisable. That, or simply choose one of the most beautiful small towns in Pennsylvania to call your new home. This way you don’t have to worry about the traffic.

Subway in New York.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good transit system. You will miss it.


To continue in a similar manner, the second thing that New Yorkers miss the most after moving to Pennsylvania is a little bit of a surprise. It’s walking. We all know the scenario. You’re living a fast-paced life in a big city, you’re occupied with your work and trying to spend as much time as possible with your family. Therefore, there’s no time left to exercise. And that’s where the Big Apple would step in.

Since you’re constantly running and buzzing around the town, you get your exercise no matter if you want it or not. You understand what we’re talking about especially¬†if you are still planning your move. However, that’s not going to happen at Penny. People seem to get used to driving everywhere really fast, so your waist is something that you’ll have to pay more attention to.

All the food

Now, New York is famous for its fantastic food and cuisine and there’s no way around this. You’re going to miss it. That, of course, doesn’t mean that Pennsylvania doesn’t have anything to offer. On the contrary, there are some things that you’ll fall in love in no time here like pretzels, ice cream, and crabs. But, will they be a valid substitution for world-famous New York pizza? Will pretzels be able to match the bagels that you ate all those years? Well, only time will tell.

You’ll miss everything being available at all times

Although NYC goes by many nicknames, the city that never sleeps always seems to describe it the best. It’s literally a 24-hour judgment-free palace, and there’s no place on Earth like it. So, if you’re used to picking up your favorite special sweet treat at 3 am you can have a hard time. However, it’s nothing too worrying. Just stack up when you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping and you’ll have no problems at all. Similarly to organizing a successful move, preparation is everything.

Manhattan at night.
Having everything available at all times is one of the things that New Yorkers miss the most after moving to Pennsylvania. And that’s not hard to achieve in a city that never sleeps.

Skipping the small talk

As you may have heard, in Pennsylvania politeness is highly appreciated. What this means for your everyday life is that you can’t skip the small talk as you did back home, and that is what many New Yorkers miss the most after moving to Pennsylvania. Of course, no one says that people living in New York aren’t polite. But it’s unlike any other state. There are no pseudo pleasantries that you have to exchange with people you don’t really like.

On the other hand, all of the people we talked to say that it doesn’t bother them anymore since they got used to it. Some of them even say that they enjoy the small talk more than ever, so you never know.


What’s always been amazing about this city is that you can find your ride home pretty easily at all times. You don’t even have to be in the middle of Manhattan to be swarmed by yellow cars that can drive you wherever you want. Spotting a cab in cities in Pennsylvania on a Saturday night is a little bit different. There’s never enough of them so you might have to battle a few strangers to get your hands on the ride. It can be a little bit annoying sometimes.

Man in a cab in Manhattan thinking about the things New Yorkers miss the most after moving to Pennsylvania.
There’s no city on Earth where you can find a cab as quickly as in NYC.

Tourist attractions

Yes, we know. You wouldn’t think about them in a million years, and yet they can be breathtaking and totally free. The Staten Island Ferry is probably the best example of these. There are also other things, just ask yourself. You for sure have at least one tourist spot that you just love. Remember that place and visit it a few times before you start your relocation to Pennsylvania. Take a souvenir, something that will bring you back to that place at any time. Just make sure to avoid all mistakes that people make when moving fragile items if your desired souvenir of choice is of the kind.


Not surprisingly, the things that New Yorkers miss the most after moving to Pennsylvania are their friends. There will always be places and things, but leaving all of your friends behind is the toughest thing of all. At least if you ask us. Ultimately, you’ll find new people to spend time at the bars or stroll through the city in the middle of the night, but what you’re bringing with you is a memory. At least you can always visit each other. Maybe you just got one more place to hang out.

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