11. Hearing about other people’s rent is a joke
Don’t compare rents with a New Yorker. Just don’t do it. What most people spend on their mortgage, for a house that they can do anything they want with and will own eventually, a New York citizen will pay on a one-bedroom space with or without a kitchen area, no laundry, and possibly a communal toilet. So if you’re talking to a New Yorker about anything home-related, leave out the matter of how much you pay, or at the very least be humble about it and don’t complain.