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Moving To New York City? Here’s Some Tips To Survive

October 13, 2023 | BTSNYC
Boat riding in Central Park with luxury residential building in the back - on the Upper West Side.

Are you moving to New York City, but anxiety is building up on so many different levels? Well, that is perfectly normal, so we decided to share with you a few survival tips!


Boat riding in Central Park with luxury residential building in the back - on the Upper West Side.

If you’re moving to New York City, then there are certain things that you’ll need to do if you want to survive in this amazing city.

While it might sound a tad dramatic, living in New York is different to visiting, and it’s certainly different to living in some of the other places across the US.

There are different rules, different feelings, and you’ve got to make sure that you are going to be happy here before you move.

Basically, this article is just a heads up about what to expect, and some of the things that you can do to make your life easier while living here.

Have we got your attention? Good, then let’s take a look.

Don’t Try To Live Alone

One of the things that we recommend is that you do not try to live alone.

New York is so expensive, and living alone is going to cost you a small fortune that would probably be better off being spent somewhere else.

Unless you have money to spare, the best bet is likely going to be to get a roommate.

We know that you might not want to live with someone else, but in order to save money and for the sake of safety, it’s probably the best idea that we’ve got.

If you are struggling to find somewhere to stay, try advertising that you are looking for a room. If you have friends who live in New York, see if they have got any leads on an apartment for you.


There’s No Point In Taking Your Car

New York City is so busy that there really isn’t much of a reason for you to have a car unless you like sitting in traffic for an hour.

It’s going to be far quicker to get where you need to be if you get the subway or another mode of transportation. Walking short distances is also a biggy here… we walk a lot!

Plus, parking spaces in the city have insanely high hourly rates which don’t definitely isn’t worth it, in addition to many times being tricky to find. And, parking on the streets – well, good luck trying to find that space!

If you get in a taxi or Uber, Lift, Via (any of these car APPs), at least you are one less car on a crowded road.

Most people choose one of these two modes of transportation, so there’s a suggestion that will make your life easier.


Keep Your Eyes Open For All The Free Events And Special Deals

Many restaurants in New York are closed on Monday and it’s the start of the week, so people tend not to go out for dinner. But many other restaurants have “Monday Night Dinner Specials”, in addition to it being easier to get it.

So, this means that you will find super affordable meals in some of the best restaurants in the city, which maybe wouldn’t think about visiting so soon.

You want an example? Osteria Morini (part of the Altamarea Group that owns some of the top restaurants in town), has a “Morini Mondays” with all the favorite Morini pasta classics for only $15 each!

On Mondays, you can also find some theater tickets at lower prices. So, after moving to New York City, keep your eyes open because New York hosts countless events, exhibits, shows, etc for free year long.  We can help you with this post: “2nd Cheap NYC Guide: 30 Top Attractions“.


It Really Is Expensive, So Save Money Where You Can

While you might not fully understand how expensive it is until you live there, you really need to save money where you can.

Living in New York is one of the most expensive places that you could live in the world, so saving money where you can is going to be necessary if you are not making that much cash.

We know that in the movies you see all the starving artists somehow managing to make it work, but they are movies, this is the real world.

For example, if you need to work on proper hot tub maintenance because you managed to score a bougie apartment somehow, make sure you’re not paying through the nose for it.


If you want to survive living in New York City, the main thing that you are going to have to learn to do is adapt.

It’s a completely different world here, and one that you will need to learn to fit into if you want to manage to live here happily.

Do whatever it takes to fit in here and have a happy life, because we promise that it’s worth every single second.

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