MOVING TO NEW YORK CITY

  • Agladiator

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    Mar 28, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    Hi All,

    in few months I will move to New York City working for same Company I'm working for here in the UK -
    I know NYC pretty well, not an expert though, so was wondering where would it be a good area where to live, I'm looking for a 1-bedroom apartment and the search is a bit confused as I'm not really sure where to look really.

    My office would be in Downtown Manhattan so anything close to that would be cool - I've heard Brooklyn is really cool as well.. I'd like something nice, not standard -

    Also was wondering how easy is to get electricity, gas, cables and all you need when you move in a new apt.

    I've actually 1000 questions but I guess I can't list them all...

    thanks for your help
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    Mar 28, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    Most important thing is how much can you pay for rent?

    A 1 bedroom anywhere in the decent parts of Manhattan or Brooklyn will easily run you $2000 a month or more without a roommate. A studio you could possibly get for $1600ish a month. Since you're working downtown, Brooklyn or lower Manhattan will be the most convenient, although not necessarily the cheapest.

    Electricity, gas, etc. I think go through your landlord. Usually gas and cable are extra in addition to the rent I believe, although some places include it in the rent. You'd have to discuss that with a landlord.
  • billy321

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    Mar 28, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    good for you....great time of year to move here as well....

    There are lots of areas to consider...and how close you want to be to work...but make sure you're near mass transit (subway or even bus)...the Financial District is becoming a new option to live downtown...your best bet is take adavantage of any relocation assistance your company may offer (like using a Real Estate Broker that maybe they'll pay for?). It's not impossible to find an apartment on your own, but most are listed with brokers. As for utilities...most of the time you deal directly with Con Edison for your electric and gas...sometimes that's part of your rent, but mostly not. Water is part of your rent. Cable options are Time Warner, Verizon, RCN; depending where you live and what your building is wired for. Lots of things to consider...hit me up again with any questions.....good luck!
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    Mar 28, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
    Grats on the job/relocation offer icon_smile.gif

    Hopefully I will be doing the same when I graduate next year. Keep us updated!
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    Mar 28, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    Jersey City has direct access into DT Manhattan via the PATH train and it's more affordable than all boroughs. Williamsburg in Brooklyn is your best bet otherwise. GL
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    Mar 28, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    As long as you are not frequently out all night in the city, Jersey City and Hoboken are also worth considering as places to live. The PATH train connects the World Trade Center to both. Trains are less frequent (30 or 60 minutes apart?) in the middle of the night, but otherwise run frequently. And rents are cheaper. My friend just found a large (for the area) one-bedroom for around $1200.
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    Mar 28, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    Beysus saidJersey City has direct access into DT Manhattan via the PATH train and it's more affordable than all boroughs. Williamsburg in Brooklyn is your best bet otherwise. GL
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  • kolkii

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    Mar 28, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    Grindr + Midtown NYC = icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif

    Prime Hell's Kitchen is the place to be (west 50's)...

    ..close to all the bars, eateries on 9th, Central Park, subway, Hudson River Promenade (if you blade/bike/dog) since it's getting nice out.

    "Downtown" is a big area for where you work.. if you mean downtown in Battery Park City/FiDi, not much to do there, and you'll always feel the need to come uptown, though some say it's changing... though if you love serenity, BPC is the place to be. if you mean "downtown" w. village a whole different world, quaint streets, yet pricier, more restaurants in the vicinity.

    Biggest question is what's your budget.. small box studios can easily go for $3,000+ depending what kind of amenities you want or if furnished, and location, but if your company's paying, more power.

    plus ur coming at a great time getting nice out so dinner/drinks/brunch outside!

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    Mar 28, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    There are no "bad" parts of Manhattan anymore (those days are long gone) but just about all of it is expensive.

    There are still deals but they are few, far between and usually require an "insider" to help you.

    If you can afford it, hire a broker, pay through the nose and just expedite the process. If you obsess on getting the best possible deal on your own you will make yourself crazy. Just accept the initial expense and look forward to the future. Also find out if your company is offering any type of relocation service.

    If you want a doorman building with bells and whistles, expect 2-3,000 for a studio. 2,800-4,000 for a 1 bed. The sky is the limit for 2 beds and up.

    There are lower prices in walk-up buildings but obviously fewer amenities. Not a bad trade-off really, as even "tenement" buildings are now very well kept and in good areas.

    Utilities are pretty simple. Gas/electric are usually no-brainers (sometimes included with rent) and cable/internet/phone are generally sold as bundled packages. The main providers have all VASTLY improved in terms of installation time and offering definite windows of time for a tech to arrive and install.

    And yes, the boroughs and Jersey are always a possibility. But the truth is, most people who live there end up really LIVING there and only experience what "the City" has to offer on occasional weekends or during office hours. It is a different way of life.

    Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

    Good Luck!!!

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    Mar 28, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
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    Mar 28, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    Yeah most important question as Fiyero27 put is how much are you willing to spend? There's a lot of great cheap places in Brooklyn which is very close to downtown Manhattan. If you have a little more to spend and want to be in a gay area, Hell's Kitchen is a nice place and not face from downtown either. It's more of a trending gay area (guys in their 20s and 30s).