Moving to New York City is a dream come true for many people around the world. However, making the leap to the Big Apple can be rather overwhelming. Prior to making your move, here are 5 things you should know before moving to New York.
1. It’s Expensive
If you’ve made the decision to move to New York, you probably already know the rent will take a big chunk of your paycheck. However, it’s not just the rent that will be high. Everyday items throughout the city are more expensive than anywhere in the country. According to Numbeo, New York has the highest cost of living in the United States, and it’s not very close.
Subway passes, groceries and movie tickets will all be more expensive than you can imagine. While living in New York can be costly, there are some useful ways to save. One tip is to avoid the most touristy areas of the city. A restaurant in Queens will almost always be cheaper than one in Times Square. Another way to save is to find a smaller apartment. Sure, almost every apartment in New York is expensive, but if you’re willing to deal with a tighter space you can save a few hundred dollars per month.
2. It Will Take a Long Time to Travel Short Distances
Everyone knows cities are crowded, but the Big Apple takes it to another level. Driving in the city can be an absolute nightmare, and for that reason, many New Yorkers don’t own cars. The best way to get where you’re going is either to use the subway or walk. However, there can always be delays or unforeseen circumstances. However long it took you travel a mile in your old city, add at least 10 minutes.
When you’re living in New York, you’ll be forced to wake up earlier and get home later. While traveling around the city can be a hassle, you’ll figure it out as you go. After a few months, you’ll know the city like the back of your hand. Before you know it, tourists will be asking you how to get around!
3. You’ll Learn to Love Your Neighborhood
New York is filled with hundreds of unique neighborhoods. While most outsiders think of New York as endless high rises there are plenty of quaint and tight-knit neighborhoods. New York may have plenty of glitz and glam, but there are also thousands of mom-and-pop restaurants and stores. Stopping in at the small businesses around your neighborhood will help you feel a sense of community.
Traveling just a few blocks in New York can completely change the scene. Whether you’re looking for a younger scene or a family-friendly neighborhood you can find it in the Big Apple. Before you move, be sure to do some research. Figure out what you’re looking for in a neighborhood and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find it. If you need any help, check out our list of the top 10 neighborhoods for millennials in New York.
4. You Won’t Spend Much Time in Your Apartment
If you’ve ever watched Seinfeld or Friends, you might think New Yorkers spend most of their time inside their apartments. However, the reality is an apartment is only a place to sleep for many New Yorkers. With busy work schedules and endless entertainment venues, there’s no reason to hole up in your apartment! Sure, it may seem outrageous to pay thousands of dollars per month for a bed and shower, but what you’re really paying for is the city itself.
With all the excitement of NYC, there’s no need to spend hours watching T.V. on the couch. You could live in New York for 10 years and still find something new to do every day. There are countless museums, art galleries, theaters, and sporting events to go to at almost any time. After a few weeks of living in New York, you’ll be surprised by how little time you’re actually in your apartment.
5. Expect to Move Around A Lot
While you may love your first New York apartment, you might not stay for long. The rental market is constantly evolving. New Yorkers are always looking for more affordable housing in trendier areas. Additionally, subletting has become more popular due to New York’s extremely high rental rates.
However, if you do move around a lot you can expect to pay a higher rent. According to a 2014 NYU study, residents who had moved within the last five years paid nearly $300 more per month than residents who hadn’t. Even with the increased cost, moving around will give you a better feel for the city. Each time you move you can experience New York from a new perspective.