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I just moved to New York City, how do I make friends?

June 4, 2024

It can be so hard to make new friends as an adult. We’ve all been there – new city, new job, new school – we are so used to making friends through happenstance, that when it is up to us we can be so confused on where to even start. Making friends in a new city can be both exciting and challenging. It requires effort, openness, and a proactive approach.

Here are some therapist- backed tips to help you build a social network and make friends in a new city:

1. Explore Your Interests

New York City friends handing out in a greenhouse. You can make friends quickly in Manhattan with these tips and tricks.

Identify your hobbies and interests, and seek out activities or groups related to them. Whether it’s joining a sports league, taking a dance class, or participating in a book club, engaging in activities you enjoy increases the likelihood of meeting like-minded people.

2. Attend Local Events

Keep an eye on local event listings, such as concerts, festivals, art exhibitions, and community gatherings. These events offer opportunities to meet people who share your interests.

3. Take Classes or Courses

Enroll in classes or workshops that interest you, such as cooking, language, or art classes. This not only expands your skills but also provides a structured environment to meet new people.

4. Volunteer

Two friends standing in a New York City parking lot after having fun. Find your friends now.

Volunteering for local charities, nonprofits, or community events is a great way to give back to your new city while also meeting people who care about similar causes.

5. Join a Gym or Sports Club

Fitness centers and sports clubs can be excellent places to make friends, as they offer a common interest and regular opportunities for social interaction.

7. Network Through Work

If you’re employed, make an effort to connect with colleagues both in and outside of the workplace. Attend company events, happy hours, and team-building activities to build relationships.

8. Be Open and Approachable

Approach new people with an open and friendly attitude. Smile, make eye contact, and initiate conversations. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and ask questions about others.

9. Take the Initiative

Friendships in New York City are hard to find but use these tips to find them now.

Don’t wait for others to make the first move. Be proactive in initiating plans, whether it’s inviting someone for coffee, suggesting a hike, or organizing a group outing.

Remember that making friends in a new city can be a gradual process, and not every interaction will lead to a lasting friendship. Be authentic, be yourself, and focus on building meaningful connections over time. Over time, your efforts will pay off, and you’ll develop a supportive social network in your new city.


At Manhattan Wellness, we understand that moving to New York City without a support network is difficult. That’s why our female therapists want to support you in building the confidence you need to build your network. Let us help you create an empowering narrative that will benefit all aspects of your life, from personal to professional. If you are interested in beginning counseling for women:

  1. Submit a Contact Form or Email Us at
  2. Learn More About Our Team and Our Areas of Expertise
  3. Begin Seeing Yourself in a Whole New Light!


Our therapists understand that building confidence takes time and that other issues can come up along the way. To better support you, we offer a variety of services to cater to your individual needs. The therapy services we offer are Therapy for Self Esteem, Anxiety Treatment, and therapy for dating and relationship issues. As well as therapy for college students, support for maternal mental health, body image therapy, and so much more. Are you feel like you’re not living the life you want and need to make changes? Let’s talk about it.

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