Here's a great article from The New York Times I came across recently that does a pretty good job of describing what your first year in New York City may feel like. All transplanted New Yorkers have experienced the trials and tribulations of their first year in the city. The loneliness; the crazy subway system; the lack of emotion on strangers faces; it's all part of adjusting to living in a new place with 8 million strangers.
I know in my first year I adjusted to life with roommates I barely knew, prices I could barely afford and trying to establish a stabilized life in a city that never sleeps.
So, whether you're new in town and curious to what you got yourself into, or your first year is a lifetime behind you and you want to be reminded of it, check out the article.