A few weeks ago I wrote a post entitled Five Reasons to Move to New Jersey. In all honesty, a lot of the same reasons apply to moving to New York City and in some cases, they apply on a larger scale – like diversity and the availability of practically anything at any time. Now, I’m a New York girl. I’m not from Manhattan, but my love for the state as whole runs deep and true so to write a post on all of the reasons to move to New York City would almost be unfair, because my opinion is incredibly biased. However, I can be honest with you and share some important facts that a lot of people overlook in their excitement surrounding their big move. So today, I’m going to fill you in on five things to know about moving to New York City.
Before you pack up your home and move to the city that never sleeps, consider the following facts to be sure it’s the right move for you.
1. Real estate listings can be deceiving: This is true no matter where you go because Realtors and homeowners are actively trying to sell the home or apartment that’s listed. But “cozy” in suburbia means something totally different than “cozy” in Manhattan. You don’t get quite the same bang for your buck in NYC as you do in many other places across the United States. The cost of living is high and so are home prices and rental rates. You should definitely make the trip to visit any listing before agreeing to anything (common sense for any move) and decide whether or not you are willing to give up some of the space you may be used to.
2. Your work week will look different: In this day and age, if we get out of any office by 5PM, we’re lucky. But in New York City, you’re lying to yourself. The workforce is more competitive and ten to twelve hour days are way more common than eight to nine hour days. While this may be a drag, it tends to also be an excuse for more nights out. The bars in the busiest part of the city are pretty much always packed on every day of the week, as people need to decompress from their overly hectic days.
3. Driving isn’t worth it: If you absolutely love your morning drive to work and the alone time you get in your car and you aren’t willing to give that up, NYC probably isn’t for you. Even if you are willing to pay the very expensive fees it would cost to park your car on a regular basis, the drive to and from work will be anything but relaxing. The traffic is always a nightmare and the amount of people in your way may just give you a panic attack. However, if you like people watching, then you’ll love the subway!
4. The food is better: Okay, so maybe this point is a little biased but come on, it’s New York City. It’s the food mecca of the US. You can basically travel to any place in the world via your taste buds in different NYC neighborhoods. And, you can fight me on this, but I’ll forever stand my ground that New York pizza is number one (unless you’re in Italy).
5. Parks will be your new “backyard:” If you are living in the heart of Manhattan, you don’t have a yard. You may have an outdoor space with a small patch of green, if you’re lucky, but more often than not, if you want to hang outside, you’re going to need to get to the closest park. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of gorgeous parks, they just won’t actually belong to you. This is important if you are moving with a dog or any pet that is accustomed to having lots of space to run around. Make sure you are willing to take your pet to the dog park so it can still get the necessary exercise. Same goes for you!
No matter where I move to, I will always be a New York girl at heart. These points were not meant to scare you off from city living by any means. It’s just important to know what you’re getting into before you sink your time, effort, and money into moving there. If you do make the move, in my opinion, it’s all worth it.