So you’ve made the choice to move to the Big Apple! As the most populous city in America, New York City is home to over 8 million people, 54 million annual tourists, and is the second-largest center for for film and television production in the United States. Moving to New York City is sure to be an adventure!
Things to do:
- Shop in Times Square
- Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty
- See a show on Broadway
- Spend an afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Ice skate at Rockefeller center
- Grab a hot dog in Central Park
- Visit Ground Zero
For a great list of fun and free things to do, check out this list!
Where to live:
With 5 boroughs in the city, there are living options for any budget and lifestyle. Whether you want to buy or rent, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Ask friends, family, and locals to find the best deals in the 5 boroughs. Whichever you choose, plan ahead. Finding an available rental can take some time.
- Manhattan: With its world-class museums, fine dining and amazing views—Manhattan always has something new and exciting in store.
- Queens: Experience food from around the globe, watch Mets baseball, see cutting-edge art and more in one of the world’s most diverse places.
- Brooklyn: No matter how hip it looks on TV, NYC’s most populous borough is filled with live music, Prospect Park, Nets basketball and more.
- Bronx: Discover where hip-hop was born, see where the Yankees became a dynasty, and where you can find New York City’s leading zoo and botanical garden.
- Staten Island: The island is filled with historic architecture, stunning views, gardens and many family-friendly attractions, and is a free fairy ride away from the rest of New York City.
The great thing about moving to New York City is that you won’t need a car. With cabs, subways, and trains, getting around the city is easy with a little bit of practice. Be sure to learn how to read a subway map and to always carry a little bit of cash, and you’re good to go!
Though moving to New York City is a lot of work, proper planning makes it much easier. Be aware that there is not a lot of parking on residential streets, and that parking tickets run around $115. Avoid getting a ticket by unloading your items into your home and returning your moving truck to the moving center before it closes so you can park the truck there for free.
If you know you’ll need to parallel park, look into renting a cargo van so that you can unload your belongings from the side-loading doors.
Since most apartments in New York are small (300-500 sq. ft.), use self-storage facilities like U-Haul’s to store your winter items in the summer and your summer items in the winter. Most U-haul locations are open 24 hours a day so you can access your items whenever it is convenient for you.
Check out these moving tips from a New York moving expert in the video below!
What are your moving tips for New York City? Share your thoughts in the comments below!