TRAVEL | 06.21.20
What You Should Know Before Moving to NYC
They say if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. I have to say that statement is completely true. New York isn't for everyone so if you want to live here, you should be sure it's what you want to do. Researching information on moving can be overwhelming so here are a few things I wish I would've known before and when I made the big move from Atlanta.
1. Same Name Streets
I can't tell you how many times I got lost when I first moved here. Since New York City is made up of 5 boroughs, it's no surprise that some streets might have the same name. If you're meeting someone be mindful of the borough you need to go to.
2. Apartment Hunting
NY is expensive, there's no way around it. Hunting for the right place can be time consuming and even after you find a place, there are numerous steps in being able to get it. A guarantor is a person that co-signs for the apartment and agrees to be legally responsible. Most landlords don't like to rent to first time renters due to lack of experience. In NY, in order have someone sign to be a guarantor for you they have to make 30x the rent! On top of that, most of the time you will have to pay first month, last month, and security in order to solidify your apartment.
3. Subway Routes
I can not stress enough how important it is to know which subways run local and express! New York City is a busy place with thousands of people so construction is done pretty often. You could be running late for work one morning and all of a sudden you hear that the subway will be running local all the way to 42nd street. For the most part, there are signs ahead of time days before delays occur. However, if there was a situation on a different subway line it could cause the rest of the trains to get backed up.
All in all, NYC is a great place to live. I personally love it because although it is expensive, you meet so many great people and you can get just about any kind of food you can think of in relatively close proximity. There's never a dull moment and there's always something to do. New York is a place where you can either find yourself or you can also get lost in. Opportunity is everywhere and it's up to you to find out how to make it happen!
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