Relocation Guide – Moving to NYC

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New York City is not just the largest city in the United States, but also one of the most diverse, and happening cities in the world. It is also known as one of the most expensive and difficult cities to live in. The city has been attracting immigrants since it came on the map, with people coming to relocate from both within and outside the United States.

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Although thinking of relocating to New York City will make you excited, you need to be well prepared for all the issues you will face in doing so. You might have settled well in the previous city you were residing in, or are even used to moving cities, but New York City is a whole world in itself and can prove a challenge to settle in for many.

There are many times when there’s too much on your plate and, in such cases, it’s always better to hire a moving company, such as NYC movers, to help you with the process in an affordable and efficient manner.

Understanding the neighborhoods

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First, you will need to understand how the city is mapped out and its demographics. New York City is divided into five boroughs; Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Each side of the city has its own features with different housing options available with varying living costs.

The area where you will be working will naturally be an area where you will ideally want to live near too. This might not always work out for you since given that the city constantly has people moving in and taking up living space. You might fare better if you get help from the HR department of the place where you plan to work.

Many personal factors will also be influencing your decision in choosing the neighborhood to live in. These may include traveling, type of accommodation, green space, or nearby schools and facilities. Whether you are moving with your family or separately will also influence your living needs within the city.

Exploring Your Options

Manhattan

The island which many people around the globe idealize New York City for is nothing short of a concrete jungle. With many big corporations working from the numerous skyscrapers in Manhattan, the area is surrounded by the Hudson River. Many tourist attractions sit at the center of Manhattan, the likes of Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building.

This heavily populated borough is usually not the go-to place for families, but rather it attracts young individuals who balance both their work and their attraction for nightlife. But areas within Manhattan, such as the Tribeca neighborhood, have low crime rates, schools, and great transportation which is ideal for families too.

Brooklyn and Queens

Brooklyn, considered the hub of culture and art in New York City, is densely populated and boasts a happening art scene within it. It even hosts the famous Coney Island, the famous old amusement park, at its beachfront.

Areas such as Park Slope, Boerum Hill, and Cobble Hill have really low crime statistics, green spaces for houses, and great facilities such as public schools and transportation. This also makes Brooklyn a great place for families to settle in.

In terms of area, Queens is the largest, and also one of the most ethnically diverse regions within the United States. It hosts great middle-class neighborhoods for residence such as Woodside and Jackson Heights. The JFK Airport and La Guardia, two of the biggest International Airports of New York City, are also located in Queens.

The Bronx and Staten Islands

Farther off from the center and the vibrant scene of New York, the Bronx is famous for its street culture and its hip hop and rap music scene. Arguably it is not the most preferred borough to live in. But with recent residential planning in the past years, the area has become reasonably better to live in.

Staten Island can be classified as the most suburban borough. There is a lack of public transportation in the area as Staten Island is not covered by the Subway.  The main source of transport is the Staten Island Ferry, however, due to the area’s closeness to Manhattan, some neighborhoods like West Brighton and St. George are popular among immigrants.

How to investigate your chosen neighborhood inside out

Visiting a neighborhood and choosing it is not nearly enough as you need to scratch below the surface to understand if it’s a good fit for you. One of the ways to do that is to grab yourself a short-term rental to get a hands-on experience of what it might feel like with lower risk.

If this is not possible then use online maps with information on your chosen location. This will enable you to preview commute times, nearby recreational areas as well as reports on noise levels. You can also find the right applications to use your phone to get information about current and future constructions and road safety, etc.

Some important things to consider when evaluating your chosen apartment is to check how close it is to the subway. Remember being close to the station might not be enough so it is advised to check the Metropolitan Transport Authority’s website for details on maintenance work and construction.

You should also explore the dining options in the area either through blogs like Eater or by exploring it yourself. If you are shifting in with kids, you should also evaluate if the schools nearby are good. It is also important to understand the area’s nightlife. Some neighborhoods in New York are party neighborhoods and can get very loud on the weekends and cause inconvenience. Safety is also a huge concern in New York and feeling comfortable in your neighborhood is something that you cannot compromise on.

So before deciding, you can check the official NYPD website for the neighborhood crime statistics. Lastly, before fixing the deal definitely, run a background check on your landlord. Talk to your neighbors about what your landlord is like and the way the building’s maintenance works.

Always remember even though this relocation might seem tough, with intelligent planning and the right kind of information it can be made significantly easier!

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