Living in the NYC area but with a catch!

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    Jul 31, 2013 8:07 PM GMT
    I have an opportunity in the NYC area. Jersey City technically but very close to mass transit options.

    Only downside is the job is still under $40,000 a year which doesn't seem like enough for the region. Plus it involves weekends and may include working nights and even overnight at least until I've gained enough seniority to compete for better hours.

    It seems like an exciting chance but in the back of my mind I can't help but worry about what life with be like with those hours. I feel like I'd miss out on life for awhile. To compare at present I have a similar job but great hours with no weekends and never working past 7PM.


    On my budget and with those hours is the NYC or surrounding areas worth it! Just curious!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 31, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
    Get room mates- less rent more spending money. Keep looking for a better paying jobicon_exclaim.gif
  • Fable

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    Jul 31, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    fuck losing your weekends.
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    Jul 31, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    Honestly, it doesn't sound worthwhile to me. NYC is a great city, but any city looses its appeal after awhile. Then, you'll just end up resenting all the sacrifices.
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    Jul 31, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    With the tax bracket there, you will be lucky to net 28K after taxes. Cost of living is way to high. NYC is a great place to visit. But you would never catch me living there. Since you travel to Fla. I would get a job there instead.
  • conservativej...

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    Jul 31, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    You realize you cannot purchase a parking space in NYC for $40,000?
  • BillandChuck

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    Jul 31, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    NJ cost of living in that area is HIGH, close to if not comparable to NYC. You'll be forced to live far away from Jersey City or in a slum area. If there's a near-term payoff of better compensation in it, you might consider it an investment. But if not, and we do mean NEAR-TERM, immediate, then you might want to keep looking. And you won't have any money left over for a gym membership, much less to take PATH into the city and do anything there. Think carefully!
  • Import

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    Jul 31, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
    Jersey city at under $40k plus nights and weekends?

    that's sounds like a recipe for suicide.
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    Jul 31, 2013 11:52 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies but it isn't even possible outside of the city itself like Brooklyn?

    From what I gather my commute would be fairly simple since the office is right off the NJ PATH station that runs 24/7. Connection on the NYC side looks fairly simply unless the trains stop running at night.
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    Jul 31, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    Are they nuts! You cant live in JC much less NYC for $40K..WTF are these people on?!?!?
  • Eli_jah

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    You can get a nice little studio somewhere in Queens for $800 to $1k a month, including utilities. Don't listen to these people who say you can't live on $40K. My salary is far, far less (actually non-existent, "unemployed" student at the moment) and I get by here (roommates, working odd gigs, etc.)
  • Eli_jah

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:10 AM GMT
    somersault said
    NeutralObserver saidYou can get a nice little studio somewhere in Queens for $800 to $1k a month, including utilities. Don't listen to these people who say you can't live on $40K. My salary is far, far less (actually non-existent, "unemployed" student at the moment) and I get by here (roommates, working odd gigs, etc.)


    Yeah right, Queens to Jersey City and back every day. I'd rather get shot in the stomach.


    Oh yeah, missed the part where he said the job was in jersey city, definitely not doable then
  • heyom

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    I would say no at first myself, as it is rather a big trip to get to NYC from Jersey city, but then again, on the weekend you could certainly leave at night and go home early in the morning, which is not a problem, as NYC does not sleep anyway.

    Knowing me, I would likely do it, but not because of NYC specifically, I just know a lot of people in the area so I would have a lot of friends to hang out with. They would totally make it worthwhile for me. If you have a community out there, why not?
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    Aug 01, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    no ryan, no. I lived in jersey/nyc- you're better in ct.
  • heyom

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    NeutralObserver said
    somersault said
    NeutralObserver saidYou can get a nice little studio somewhere in Queens for $800 to $1k a month, including utilities. Don't listen to these people who say you can't live on $40K. My salary is far, far less (actually non-existent, "unemployed" student at the moment) and I get by here (roommates, working odd gigs, etc.)


    Yeah right, Queens to Jersey City and back every day. I'd rather get shot in the stomach.


    Oh yeah, missed the part where he said the job was in jersey city, definitely not doable then


    Not if you want to go to NYC every day, but that's really not necessary.... every two weeks or so on a weekend or weekend night is more than sufficient
  • JockNerd

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    I'd be careful of who you listen to when reading replies. How many of these people actually live in NYC?

    Having said that, I will give my opinion as a NYer.

    NYC NEVER loses its appeal. I have lived here for 9 years, and it is constantly changing and always new things to see and do. If you do not make a lot of money, you need to be VERY aware of your spending. I drink at home before going out, and I go to happy hours where the drinks are $4 or 2 for 1. I go dancing at places with no cover (there are plenty). I cook my own food or I eat cheap. (There is now a $1 pizza store on every other block.) I never take cabs.

    NYC is amazing!
  • heyom

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    ATC84 saidThanks for the replies but it isn't even possible outside of the city itself like Brooklyn?

    From what I gather my commute would be fairly simple since the office is right off the NJ PATH station that runs 24/7. Connection on the NYC side looks fairly simply unless the trains stop running at night.


    If you work in Jersey city, I wouldnt recommend living in Brooklyn. Its probably an hour or so away at the least. Just find something nice and close to where you work. Also, keep in mind, living in NYC (which is still Brooklyn) and commuting to Jersey is much more expensive than staying within NYC at any time. So best just live in Jersey and visit NYC when you like... Besides, when you actually live in NYC you will be so busy commuting also, that you won't exactly have much time to enjoy the city... most people just work work work there. Not to mention the money.

    Live in Jersey and visit NYC when you like... that's really good enough to experience NYC, I think anyway. I have many friends from NYC who wound up moving to Jersey and actually, - amazingly to them - really liking it there
  • heyom

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    Rick_James saidno ryan, no. I lived in jersey/nyc- you're better in ct.


    O, he's in CT is he? It might not make a huge difference at all then to move to Jersey city, depending on where in CT he is living...

  • Aug 01, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    Westchester NY might be a good option for u.
  • backonline

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    Aug 01, 2013 1:40 AM GMT
    dont do it. nyc is not that great. people have been brainwashed by alicia keys and jay-z. youre not going to make it here. youre just going to lose it here. i make a lot more than what youre going to make and still dont save anything. move to somewhere in Alabama or something - where the guys are sweet and simple and not full of stds.
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    Aug 01, 2013 1:57 AM GMT
    JockNerd saidI'd be careful of who you listen to when reading replies. How many of these people actually live in NYC?

    Having said that, I will give my opinion as a NYer.

    NYC NEVER loses its appeal. I have lived here for 9 years, and it is constantly changing and always new things to see and do. If you do not make a lot of money, you need to be VERY aware of your spending. I drink at home before going out, and I go to happy hours where the drinks are $4 or 2 for 1. I go dancing at places with no cover (there are plenty). I cook my own food or I eat cheap. (There is now a $1 pizza store on every other block.) I never take cabs.

    NYC is amazing!


    I lived in NYC for more than 20 years.

    I cannot recommend Jersey City or Hoboken on $40K/year. It was a combination of subways and buses that made Manhattan work. You get in Jersey City and what's your mobility in your neighborhood?

    What is so great about Jersey City? There is no Central Park or Flushing Meadows Park in Jersey City. When I got off the Path train in Jersey City, I thought it was kind of windy. You think Manhattan is concrete city, Jersey City without a car is also.
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    Aug 01, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    I would just wait until you feel like you're really ready/want to. Unless this specific job is going to give you a lot of room for growth and that growth offers big pay increases, you could get and hourly job and make more money with overtime and benefits on the same kind of schedule. And you could probably find a good hourly job in two days. Working a shitty schedule AND being outside of the city, youll find yourself not wanting to commute and not having the social experience you want
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    Aug 01, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    somersault said
    dakotatnewyork saidWestchester NY might be a good option for u.


    LOL wrong


    What's wrong with Westchester?
  • BmwKid92

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    Aug 01, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    you will have no problem going into manhattan from englewood/fort lee NJ. its cheap and train/bus rides into upper Manhattan from there
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    Aug 01, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    Sounds like you're in the hotel industry, which is where I was. and 40K is wayyy low for that area...There are plenty of sites you can look up average pay scale by locations. I forget the name of the one...something with the word glass in it. (i know not very helpful)

    I was making 40K in Providence, RI and that was DOABLE. 40K in NY? Yea right. Keep searchin'

    *clearly didn't catch the Jersey city part*