Moving to New York – An Overview
If you find yourself reading this article, chances are that you are thinking about moving to New York.
Well- get ready, because unless you are a trust fund baby with unlimited resources, it is going to be a struggle.
This little saying didn’t come out of nowhere : “if that if you can make it in New York City you can make it anywhere”
They said it, and they meant it.
New York City is a challenge. It is mean and unrelenting. It is strewn with esoteric bureaucracy that will ensnare you and drag you down.
New York will kick your ass.
So before you pack up your things and start heading for the city- ask yourself. Are you going to make it in NYC?
Every year, over 200,000 people come to New York City seeking to establish permanent residence here. One recent Pew survey found that nearly 50% of Americans under the age of 35 said they would like to live in New York City.
The truth is- most of these people will never make it.
But can you make it?
I am here to tell you that you can. With a little preparation, hard work, and determination, you can successfully move to New York City; and once you do, the opportunities that you will have will be unparalleled.
All of the good things NYC has to offer make it totally worth putting up with its bullshit.
But before you can ‘make it in NYC’, you need to do your homework… the info below will help.
So let’s get started, shall we?
First, the basics: Facts about New York
There are some basics that everyone who aspires to live in NYC should know. How many people live in NYC? What is a “borough”? How much money do people make in NYC? How can you get your feet on the ground once you are in the city?
Start here to figure out the basics (Basic Facts about New York City)
Scouting-out the City
After you are familiar with the basics- the next step you should take before moving to NYC is to pay the city a visit.
But don’t just visit the city. You need to scout it out! Get a feel for it. You need to imagine yourself living here.
Do you like the city’s energy? Can you cope with the dirty streets?
Really soak up the city’s ambiance and do some introspection.
There is no better way to tell if you will like living in NYC than to spend a few days taking a look around. You can even arrange to stay in an actual NYC apartment through Airbnb. (highly recommended- and cheaper than a hotel)
The pace of life in NYC is fast, some would say too fast. Will it be too fast for you? The only way to tell is to make a pre-move visit.
Are you good with money? Do you have enough self-control to avoid impulse purchases? Do you know how to budget your living expenses? Are you ok with living off ramen noodles?
Compared to other locations throughout the United States- NYC is extremely expensive. It is not just the rent that is “too damn high”, nearly everything costs substantially more here. Ever pay $30 for a yoga class? $5 for a latte? $10 for a deli sandwich? Or what about $2,500 for a tiny studio apartment?
Life in New York City is full of hassles and inconveniences- all of which can be solved by spending a little money. Unless you get good with money- it is very easy to burn through your savings, or go into debt.
Don’t go into debt.
Get good with money – check out these articles to get started.
Planning your Actual Move & Hiring a Moving Company
Getting yourself to NYC is as simple as hopping on a plane. But what about your stuff- how will you get that to the city? No matter where you are coming from, your move will be made much simpler, and cheaper, if you decide to bring only the bare minimum with you.
However, bringing at least some things with you is probably impossible to avoid. Check out the articles below to learn about how to budget for and plan your move, select a moving company, avoid common moving mistakes and find a storage unit.
- How to Plan your Move to New York City
- Moving to NYC Without a Job
- 5 Common Mistakes that People Make when Moving to NYC
- How to Pick the Best Moving Company for Your Move to NYC
- Finding a Storage Unit in NYC
Picking a Neighborhood
A vital part of making your move to NYC a successful one is picking the right neighborhood. Finding a hood that you feel safe in, are excited to spend time in, and can afford will do wonders for keeping you motivated to deal with the myriad hardships of city life.
Read these guides to help you find a hood that you will love.
- How to pick a neighborhood in NYC
- NYC’s most desire able neighborhoods for singles and young couples
- Which NYC Neighborhood can you afford?
- Awesome & Affordable NYC Neighborhoods
Finding an Apartment
Once you get to NYC- you’re going to need to find a place to live. But finding an apartment in New York is not as easy as it is in other locales. While there are a ton of apartments in NYC- the vacancy rate is extremely low (below 2%). There is also a ton that you need to know which is specific to finding an apartment in New York, such as landlord rental requirements, guarantor (co-signer) requirements, apartment brokers, among other topics. Brush up on your NYC apartment hunting knowledge with the articles below.
- How to Find an Apartment in New York City – a Comprehensive Guide
- NYC Landlord Rental Requirements
- Cheap Apartments in NYC – how to find ‘em and lock ‘em down
- The Apartment Checklist – 7 Commonly Overlooked Red Flags that Apartment Hunters Need to Know
- 6 Ways to Beat the Competition in NYC’s Hyper Competitive Rental Market
- NYC Apartment Rental Options for Those with Insufficient Credit or Income
For most young people moving to New York roommates are a fact of life. With small studio apartments in Manhattan frequently renting for over $2,000- living alone simply is not an affordable option.
Living with roommates is a great way to find affordable housing and share other housing related expenses such as utilities, cable, and internet.
Learn about how to find and get along with a roommate with the articles below.
- Three Ways to Find a Roommate in NYC
- How to Find a Roommate in NYC using Craigslist
- Pros and Cons of Having a Roommate
Finding a Job in NYC
No doubt one of the most crucial steps in the path to establishing yourself as a permanent NYC resident is finding a way to pay your bills. Luckily, there are thousands of ways to earn a living in NYC. Perhaps you are looking for a career in a particular industry- or perhaps you need something a bit more temporary while you get your feet on the ground- either way these articles will help you find a job in NYC.
- How to Find a Job in NYC
- How to get Bartending or Restaurant Jobs in NYC
- Temp Agencies NYC – Your Guide to Employment Agencies in New York City
- Moving to NYC Without a Job
Making New Friends in NYC
There are a number of reasons why you should cultivate a strong network of friends once you move to NYC- here are two of the big ones:
1) The majority of opportunities that become available to you will be through friends or associates. These could be career opportunities, dating opportunities or social and cultural opportunities. Don’t miss out on what this city has to offer by being a social shut in.
2) You need a safety net. Having friends in the city that can rely on you, and vise versa, will almost certainly be essential during your time in NYC. Whether you lost your apartment somehow (it happens) and need to crash on a friend’s couch for a few days, or just need someone to celebrate a big success with- you will want to have plenty of close friends around.
The bottom line is- having friends in NYC will help you out in all kinds of ways. Friends allow you to take advantage of more of the city’s opportunities- and those opportunities are why you are coming to NYC in the first place, isn’t it?
- How to Make New Friends in NYC
- Building a Social Media Safety Net
- NYC Sports Leagues – A Great Way to Meet New People in New York City
Getting Setup with the Essentials
There are certain basic services that everyone living in NYC should have- even if only in case of emergencies. You will need a support group (i.e. friends), medical services (doctor and dentist) as well as local banking- to name just a few. Read more about NYC essentials below.
- Establishing Yourself in NYC
- How to Find a Dentist in NYC
- Dominate the Craigslist marketplace with IFTTT
- Affordable Ways to Furnish Your Apartment
- Zipcar – The Best Way to “Own” a Car in NYC
Moving to New York – Conclusion
That just about covers the basics that you should know before moving to NYC. If you have read the material above- then you are already way ahead of the majority of people that move to the city every year.
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