So, you made the right choice, to move here to the desert. Your next move is to find a place to live. Call me. I’ll tell you all about the area. If you’re in town, I can take you around and show you the best neighborhoods and things to do. There are some cool things to do here in the Valley for us New Yorkers. So, if you’re moving from New York to Arizona, read on.
A Slice of New York in Phoenix
There will be some culture shock for you when you move from New York to Phoenix. In order to ease into the new scene, there are a few places that will make you feel a little at home, right here in Phoenix. Let’s take a look.
Sports: Your teams will likely come through here, at some point. Jets and Giants are few and far between, but you’ll get your shot at the Yankees, Islanders, Rangers, and Knicks. And you’ll feel right at home at those games, because nobody here is from here. So visiting fans always get a big crowd.
Food: Okay, it’s NOT Manhattan, but you can get close enough to shut your eyes and feel like you’re home when you try these places:
- Italian Food: New Yorkers love Baci Italian Bistro.
- Okay, the best NY Jewish deli here is Chompie’s, but if you overlook their Chicago roots, you’ll love Goldman’s, a true delicatessen right here in Scottsdale. There’s also Not Your Typical Deli, which New Yorkers accept.
Join this Facebook Group: New Yorkers Living in the Desert.
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You’ve Moved Here, Now Experience Arizona
You moved here to get away from parts of the New York life, like the pace, the cold, and the rest. So, why not jump in and discover some of what Arizona has to offer that is purely Arizona.
- Breweries: Yes, we have great breweries here in Arizona, ones that regularly place in the Great American Beer Festival. Get a taste of these during Arizona Beer Week each year.
- Sonoran Dogs: Arizona’s equivalent of the street dog vendor, but these are packed with pinto beans, onions, jalapenos, and more. Once you’ve had one, now…you live in Arizona! Best Sonoran Dogs according the Phoenix New Times (which, by the way, you have to pick this rag up occasionally and read it).
Events and Activities:
- Pat’s Run: Annual fundraising run in honor of Pat Tillman, graduate of Arizona State and member of the Arizona Cardinals.
- Sports: Mentioned above
- First Friday Art Walk in downtown Phoenix, every month.
- Tube the Salt River (bring plenty of sunscreen).
- A Pool Party — right in your own backyard (or your neighbor’s)
- Ostrich Festival: Yes, Ostriches. Ostrich burgers, Ostrich rides, games, music, beer, what more could you want?
Museums and Stuff Like That
- Pueblo Grande Museum and Ruin: an archeologist and historian’s dream.
- The Heard Museum: this is THE American Indian Art museum, known for Katsina Dolls, baskets, jewelry and more.
- Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert laboratory — gotta see this.
- Desert Botanical Garden (and the Saguaro National Park near Tucson)
- Musical Instrument Museum
- Phoenix Art Museum (okay, it’s not the MoMA, but it’s worth the trip).
Get Outdoors (maybe not in the Summer)
- South Mountain Park (catch a sunset)
- Hike Camelback
- Amazing desert formations. Check these out: The Marble Canyon Wave, Antelope Canyon in Page, Horseshoe Bend in Page, Meteor Crater, and so much more!
- Papago Park’s Hole in the Rock. The desert’s version of a Central Park, it’s attached to the Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden and has golf.
Plenty to do! You won’t even miss New York! Yeah, you will, a little bit. But you’ll love Arizona and will soon call this place ‘home.’
Speaking of Home
Let’s find you a home to call home. Call me now. Let’s tour the area, and I’ll point out some of these fun things to do as we drive around and maybe grab a coffee or a bite to eat.