So you’re planning on moving to NYC? Sounds fun! One of the world’s busiest cities, NYC is a great place to live. Irresistible, pleasant and cultural; the New York City never sleeps.
A lot can go wrong when you move here; don’t be misguided with all the attraction it has to grant. From apartment hunting to almost dying of hunger, you’ll experience a lot. You may even want to kill yourself in the beginning for feeling left out. It will be all good in the end.
Hey, don’t panic. We are your lifesavers in the hustle bustle city. Our tips will surely make it worthwhile!
1. Decide spot on!
Apartment-hunting is more troublesome than job-hunting. Decisions have to be made quickly hence carry money when you go apartment-shopping. If you are looking to rent a flat, do it. Chances are it will be taken soon. Sign a 3-month contract and get it renewed if you deem the place is livable. Haven’t you heard stories of people who signed the year contract for apartments and got held with it?
2. Subways and metros are your best bet
Rent a place close to subway or metro since it’s inadvisable to waste your time walking to it. Get a public transport transit or keep a metro card in the pocket at all times. Metro operates 24 hours. Study the routes carefully since bus drivers usually miss stops during the ride. Also, don’t hop on the train if you aren’t sure where it will stop. There are two types of metro trains: express and local. There will be no way back for a long time!
Even if you own a car, don’t get into the hassle of taking it around the city. Parking charges may (in case you miss the board which reads ‘$600 parking fee’) slurp your savings or may as well put you in debts. Don’t take a cab. They’ll possibly make you pay more than the payable amount and take longer routes taking time to reach the destination.
3. Beware of scammers
A creepy character on the street, a stranger at the subway, or a musician in the way. Someone might bump into you (of course intentionally), yell at you for ‘breaking their expensive glasses’ or perhaps a musician may force you to buy a CD. It will be an exhausting journey- so stay calm.
You shall be asked to pay exorbitant broker fees. For your information, sometimes, the landlord pays either half or full commission to the agent.
4. Stay calm
You might not find the right place to locate, stay calm. You might not find the right job, relax. Besides many troubles coming your way, wandering with a hungry stomach or sleeping on the path shall be the most anticipated.
Furthermore, people in the NYC expect a high tip even if the place is run-of-the-mill. You will possibly find aforementioned discourteous at first and burdensome on your pocket. However, you'll get accustomed to it. Don't rely on the credit card; carry cash with you. Likewise, check your bill at the restaurant. If you don’t tip the waiters, it is likely to be added to the bill.
5. A-rated eateries
If you’re health conscious, prefer eating from the restaurants listed here. Know that the roadside food carts are not posted here. Believe the rating or else don’t blame the eatery for making you fall sick. You can eat The Halal Guys or a doughnut from a random cart at your own risk!
6. A rat’s heaven
Don’t be alarmed when you see the giant, plump rats around you. They’re as much unavoidable as pigeons so get used to them as early as possible. Explore NYC Rat Information Portal to check whether they’re in the area you’re planning to reside in. Don’t do this after you’ve moved there.
Don’t worry about moving to NYC! Once you settle in, you’ll be content with your decision. Give yourself enough time to see people near you. Don’t be intimidated by the surrounding people, they’re generally very nice, however, a little different.
Trust that everything will be fine. It’s one of a lifetime experience, and I believe we all should have it once. Take time out for yourself- breathe fresh air in a park near you or visit Times Square around midnight (busiest during this time of the day).
NYC) is undoubtedly an expensive city and once you find a job, it will balance the budget issues. A lot of companies also offer rent for apartments to their staff. If you’re lucky enough, half of your difficulties will go away.
Jenny Harrison is a passionate technology and lifestyle blogger. She loves to get engaged with the readers who are seeking for home, lifestyle and tech related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently associated with ‘All Around Moving Services Company, Inc.’ Specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida for their blog operations. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.