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What You Should Know Before Moving To NYC

What You Should Know Before Moving To NYC

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Planning a move to New York City soon? What do you expect to find there when you arrive? Is it spacious, cheap accommodation? A low cost of living maybe? Or even plenty of personal space? 

If so, think again. This sprawling metropolis is unlike any other city in the US and so is life here. For that reason, here’s what you should know before moving to New York City.

1: Ample Living Space is a Myth

If you expect to find a cheap, spacious apartment in New York, think again. The average one-bedroom apartment costs $2,850 in rent each month, according to Rent Jungle. A two bedroom one? Make that $3,725. Yet despite these prices, the living spaces are notoriously cramped. In fact, consider yourself lucky if you fit anything but basic furniture in them.

2: It’s Hard to Save Money Here

High rents are not the only expense to deal with in New York. Groceries come at a premium price, too, thanks to the high local taxes. After only buying six food items or so, you easily rack up a $100 bill. And then there are the alcoholic drinks, which cost even more per piece – $15. So how do the locals make ends meet? When they first move here, they don’t.

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Managing their finances as before, they deplete their bank accounts, max out their credit cards, and default on their payments. Then they wise up and take out bad credit loans to keep them afloat. Soon, the bad credit loans monthly payments are behind them. And now that they’re on their feet, they cut back on their spending and live more frugally. 

3: The City Never Goes Silent

In New York, the blaring of car horns and police sirens never ceases. Nor do the shouts of unruly pedestrians, the sounds of street performers, or the noises from the many construction sites. With such a vibrant soundscape all around you, never expect to have a silent moment in this city, especially during the day. 

What about the nights? They’re no better, thanks to the dull hum of traffic, more sirens, and the laughter of party goers. So like most New Yorkers, learn to live with the noise. 

4: Personal Space is Unheard of

As the US Census Bureau reports, 26,000 people are crammed into each square mile of New York City. This astonishing statistic means only one thing. That personal space is unheard of here, the most densely populated urban area in the US. 

Wherever you are – be it in the subway, on the street, or in an elevator – someone is either pushing into or bumping into you. Even in Central Park, where you expect to find some privacy, you’re surrounded by more joggers, cyclists, and pet owners than you’d like. 

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5: Times Square is Best Left to Tourists

With its fancy lights, giant TV screens, and memorable street performances, the iconic Times Square should attract the locals before it attracts anyone else. But no. New Yorkers give it as wide a berth as possible. And so will you after becoming one.

Why? In a word: tourists. They throng the square, crowding it and making it hardly enjoyable for anyone but themselves. Also, the tourist-centric street performances lose their appeal after a while.

Unlike other US cities, New York poses unique challenges. It’s densely populated, expensive, and thronging with people and activities. After all, it is the ‘city that never sleeps.’ However, you can enjoy life here, provided you’re willing to adapt. 

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