Think living in New York City is hard?
Trying MOVING to New York City.
Moving in New York
Preferably a really hot day where you have to climb dozens of stairs. Or maybe an icy day where no one can seem to be bothered to shovel a sidewalk.
Either way, you'll face some specific challenges when moving to New York. Here are a few of them, as well as a few tips on living in New York in general.
Here are some other tips on living in the City.
When I moved to Queens, I saw a constant supply of those black livery cabs -- conveniently perched at every corner. After taking one or two, I quickly realized that $10 isn't a reasonable fare for driving six blocks. Whenever you have the choice, go yellow. If you have to go livery, ask for a set price before you get in.
I paid mine when I moved in, assuming it would go into a bank account where it would sit until I moved. This is idealistic thinking. When my first housemate moved out and wanted his security deposit back, the landlord couldn't give it back right away due to complications with their bank, otherwise known as they spent it on a TV.
To help you avoid parking tickets, The Department of Transportation has graciously laid out the alternate parking rules in calendar form.
If you're used to efficient public transportation, forget about it when you move here, it's too painful to remember. Always factor in an extra 25 minutes if you have to be somewhere on time. While most people will sympathetically excuse lateness due to subways, a job interview will not. If there's rain, snow, or otherwise inclement weather (the MTA only operates well in sunshine), give yourself 45 minutes.
Cat hair. It was the first thing I encountered when moving into my first apartment. I picked it off my clothes on the way to work, I drank it in my beer at night and chocked on it in my sleep. Within two weeks I was looking at new apartments.
Two morals here: Don't house with pets unless you're the one taking care of them and (pets or not) make sure you can move whenever you want to, because chances are you won't fall in love with the first place you pick.
This means knowing the parameters of your lease. Signing a year-long lease might not be the best idea. Instead, find a monthly or half-year lease. If you join a gym, pay attention to what membership entails. Mine, for example, won't let me quit my membership unless I prove (via a new lease) that I moved out of Queens.