We’ve compiled some of the top tips for moving to New York City and we hope these will help you on your upcoming move to The Big Apple!
- Buy a back pack. You will be walking a lot – use a back pack to transport things from one side of the city to another.
- Carry a small umbrella at all times. Having a small umbrella at all times will be a life-saver when you’re across town and it starts to rain.
- Don’t bring a car to NYC. If you can avoid it, don’t bring a car to New York City. Parking is scarce and extremely expensive.
- Find a bank as soon as possible. In order to avoid expensive foreign withdrawal fees, it’s recommended that you open a local bank account as soon as possible.
- Know how cab signs work. You will know a cab is occupied if either the “off duty” light on the top of the cab is illuminated or if the cab number light is off. If a cab number is illuminated, the cab is available.
- Understand parking meters. If a parking meter is broken, it’s legal to park in the space for one hour.
- Use these websites to find a place to move.
- http://www.craigslist.com: This site will help you find an apartment or house in your price range.
- http://www.villagevoice.com/: Once you find a few interesting apartments research the neighborhoods.
- http://www.onnyturf.com/subway/: Figure out how close these apartments are to the nearest public transportation hub, it could help you make your decision.
- http://www.nyc.gov/: Check crime rates by neighborhood to ensure the area is safe.
- http://www.hopstop.com/?city=newyork: This site will help you map your route once you decide on a few apartments and schedule a trip to see them.
- Get rid of what you don’t need. Because housing is expensive, you’ll more than likely be moving into a smaller place, so it will be important to purge the items you don’t need. This will help lower your moving costs when moving to New York City.
- Enjoy all of the free things that New York has to offer. Get a library card, walk in the park or read free local papers for free city events.
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