Want to move to NY...suggestions?

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    Nov 11, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    I know how ridiculously expensive it is and even if i can afford $800 rent i'll be living in a studio the size of a closet, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips for planning a move up north (I'm from New Orleans). I'm trying to escape my parents for the most part and also I've been to New York and would love to try living there.
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    Nov 11, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    800.00 will NOT get you a studio. Perhaps a roomate situation. In a studio. At least in Manhattan.

    If you can, spend some time here (with friends / vacation kinda thing) and see if it's in your blood or not. It is NOT for everyone and most people know pretty quickly if it is for them.

    That being said - get out of NOLA and never look back. It will always be there if you need it.
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    Nov 11, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    Agree with Cash. I had a friend paying $900 for a loft bed in someone's living room and that was ten years ago or more.

    However if you are willing to live in one of the boros or downtown Jersey City (which is a very quick $2 trip from Manhattan) you could find a reasonable share for that money.

    Also agree with cash. Spend time here first. VERY different in terms of pace and the cost of living is more in all areas, not just rent.

    Oh, and you'd probably have to sell the Miata, or look at another $300-500 a month to park it.
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    Nov 11, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    I pay 950/mo all utilities included up around 96th on the west side. Live with 2 other people in a 3 bedroom apt. Place is small but it works. You might be able to find 800/mo on the upper east side, living with multiple roommates, but you'll most likely be over in Yorkville (most eastern part of upper east) and its a hike to the subway. Other option is Astoria, cheap rents still over there (living with roommates) and pretty accessible to midtown manhattan.
  • waccamatt

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    Nov 11, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 saidI know how ridiculously expensive it is and even if i can afford $800 rent i'll be living in a studio the size of a closet, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips for planning a move up north (I'm from New Orleans). I'm trying to escape my parents for the most part and also I've been to New York and would love to try living there.


    $800? $800 a month doesn't get that much where I live, let alone in Manhattan.
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    Nov 11, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    Dont.
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    Nov 11, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    I'm just leaving New York after 9 years. Moved here from CA... You definitely need to come and scout it out first. No matter how expensive you think it is going to be it more. All the little stuff adds up really fast. So unless your already a professional... Could be tough. A car is a total liability. A couple of $150 to $350 parking tickets will school you real fast.

    Do you like nature? It takes a Lott of effort to get out of town. And again money. There is a premium attached to everything here. You walk out the door and the meter starts ticking. A six pack is $12 bucks. The cheap stuff... Movies $12.75. On and on.

    Otherwise it is one of the most exciting cities in the world. I lived in Brooklyn which is the best borough by far... Do your homework.
  • waccamatt

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    Nov 11, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    New York is undoubtedly the greatest city in the country, but to live relatively well takes a lot of money. I visit as often as possible, but I would only move to NYC if I could afford to live well and live in Manhattan.
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    Nov 11, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    Cash has got it right 800 bucks wont get you a studio. It won't even get you a parking monthly garage spot, lol. You can try outside NYC within 30 miles though. Or share an apt. with like 4 others in manhattan
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    Nov 11, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 saidI know how ridiculously expensive it is and even if i can afford $800 rent i'll be living in a studio the size of a closet, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips for planning a move up north (I'm from New Orleans). I'm trying to escape my parents for the most part and also I've been to New York and would love to try living there.
    i hope you have a great job.
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    Nov 11, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    About 15 years ago you could get an okay studio in a sketchy manhattan neightborhood for $1000/mo. Today studio apartments can be up to $2800 depending on how many "amenities" the building offers.

    For $1000 a month you can share an apartment with several people.

    You could also get lucky and meet someone with a rent controlled apartment who is looking for a roommate. a buddy of mine lives in a 2 bedroom rent controlled apartment in Washington Heights for about $1600/month.

    The upside.... you do not need a car, gas or insurance. The money that you spend for that every month could be put towards an apartment but you will still need about $105/month for an unlimited 30day metrocard. Assuming you live far away from where you will work you will need one. If you are lucky enough to live close to where you live you wouldn't even need a monthly metrocard.

    NYC is crazy expensive but a great place to live.
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    Nov 11, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    I live in the east village, and rent is around $3000.00 a month for 800sq ft!icon_eek.gif......so my suggestion, based on your budget(or lack of) is to live in the outer Boroughs, or you could try one of those hostels which you would pay on a daily/wkly basis....Good luck!
  • Gaymer

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    Nov 11, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    Honestly, look at apartments in the suburbs north of NYC. Metro north (the fastest train route to/from NYC to northern suburbs) is relatively cheap and reliable, so you could always commute into NYC for work or for pleasure.
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    Nov 11, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    I'm a freelance writer. I am nowhere near rich. I have lived in Manhattan for almost six years.

    You do not have to be rich to live in NYC. You just have to want to live there. You need to love living there. You need to realize that living in NYC is not necessarily about seeing the latest hit show or eating at the trendiest restaurant. Different people love the city for different reasons.

    You can definitely live in New York with a budget of $800 for rent. If you're in Manhattan, you'll be sharing a one-bedroom apartment with someone, possibly one of you in the bedroom and the other in the living room--you'll be in Yorkville, or maybe the Heights, or Harlem. If you're in Queens or Brooklyn, you might have your own room in an apartment shared with one or two more people. Either way you will have a suitable place to sleep and keep your things. You just need to always remember that the city is outside your door. You move to New York for the city--not for the space where your bed and clothes happen to be. That is what you need to keep in mind.

    Also keep in mind the fact that the subway runs 24 hours, and the bus is not that much worse than the Subway (I live in Yorkville--I use the bus all the time because that's all we've got). You don't have to live right where all the bars and restaurants are. I lived in the East Village for three years. It was fun for a while, but I am even happier where I am now.
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:22 PM GMT
    stringman said NYC is crazy expensive but a great place to live.

    I agree with the part about it being a great place to live, but disagree with the part about it being crazy expensive. It is only crazy expensive if you want it to be.

    A study released earlier this year by two economists at Columbia revealed that food in New York City is actually cheaper than in other parts of the country. Here's an article that the WSJ ran on the study: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304066504576345790532703326.html

    "For city residents who feel their entire paycheck is consumed by food, the economists' findings verge on paradox. As Mr. Weinstein put it: "New York is only expensive because there is so much you can spend your money on."

    "The perception of higher costs, the authors say, comes from the vastly expanded food choices available in a major metropolis like New York, which throws off the average prices used in cost-of-living calculations."

    There are always ways to save. For example, I shop at Costco. The one in Harlem is 20 minutes by bike from my apartment on 74th and 1st. I drink a lot of milk, and get all of it there. It is easily 40% cheaper than what I've seen everywhere else I've been since I started this walk. I sometimes bike up there just for milk. When I get more stuff I take the bus. It's a very quick ride. And you don't have to shop like you're shopping for Rapture every time you're there. You can go up there just for some chicken and a box of cereal... Most people don't seem to realize that it's not like there is a minimum purchase requirement there... icon_wink.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    You can try Stamford, Connecticut which is wwayy cheaper than NYC and is only a 40 minutes express ride to NYC.
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    I'd make sure you have 10,000 in cash for a cushion before you move there. I mean I read about you working on your car, so you can probably easily sell that get some money and work and save.

    Find a job immediately when you arrive doing whatever until you find whatever career wise you want to do. I'd at least get a job that will cover rent/utilities.

    Then you can use your cushion for spending until you find something better.

    Your best bet is probably to find a sublet on Craigs list.....or a room mate situation where it is furnished and you can live there for maybe 3-6 months until you get your bearings.
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    waccamatt saidbut I would only move to NYC if I could afford to live well and live in Manhattan.

    Spoken like a true non-New-Yorker. icon_wink.gif I don't mean this in a bad way. It just reinforces my point: to live in NYC you must want to live in NYC. If you want it, you'll make it happen, and you will be happy. As they say, a New Yorker is someone who simply does not see him or herself living anywhere but New York.
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    I wouldnt want to live IN new york... I dont like living within big cities... Im a small town guy.... too much concrete in big cities.. I absolutely love visiting them though, so I like being within travel distance of one
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    Nov 11, 2011 11:04 PM GMT
    Do it. You will love it.

    I spent $900 to share a nice, quiet 3 br condo with 2 other gay guys in the Elmhurst section of Queens. Its only a 20 minute subway ride into Manhattan. I had the place from April '08 to August '09, but only lived there for maybe 6-7 months total. I loved it there. I REALLY loved it there. Every day, I said to myself that I should have moved to NYC the day I turned 18. However, I've got to be in Florida now, and love Fort Lauderdale too.

    Queens is like a slow paced small town, but with tons of people. Manhattan has got so much energy to it. The people are friendly and have plans for their lives. I felt safe every place I walked...and I walked all over Manhattan. Brooklyn is another great area to live. Younger people tend to live in the boroughs, as its lower cost and the subway system is excellent. Check out the apartment share and temp rentals on craigslist.org.

    Now is a good time to go. You can get an x-mas job in retail noooo problem. NYC is a shoppers paradise. Have sleeping accommodations lined up for your first few nights...a sublet or hotel. These things buy you time to find semi-permanent work and living space.

    For money, $4,000-$5,000 should easily do it...you often need first/last/security for your apartment ($2,500), say about $1500 for other living expenses....including a scarf, wool hat, gloves and boots...lol. If you need a bed, get an air mattress and put blankets over it.
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    Nov 12, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    its like 3K a month for your own studio apt in a 'nice' area of NYC

    You can try Brooklyn or Queens for a cheaper place

    I don't like having roommates, so if you choose to go cheaper find a room share

    Overall NYC is a great place to live if you make big money. I didn't want to rent the rest of my life so I was able to buy places in Phoenix and invest rather than throw away money
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    Nov 12, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    Chicago is cool.. but I like being near to the coast icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 12, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    fasterpace saidits like 3K a month for your own studio apt in a cheap area of NYC

    False.
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    Nov 12, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    19c79 said
    fasterpace saidits like 3K a month for your own studio apt in a cheap area of NYC

    False.


    That is false I pay a lot less.

    However, that being said, NYC is a tough place to live. $800 a month will require you to have multiple roommates.
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    Nov 12, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    ^ Yes I agree... I have always lived near rivers, lakes, or oceans