how to move to nyc.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


a few helpful tips that worked for us.

1. get rid of your car immediately. immediately, i say! i promise on sam wiggins furry belly that you don't need a car in nyc. cut the cost of gas, tune-ups, car payments, and insurance.

2. all of that money saved needs to go to rent. landlords typically ask for 2 months rent up front, plus a security deposit equaling 1 month's rent. that's a lot of upfront moola. don't come looking for an apartment without it. upfront all cash may put you ahead of another tenant.

3. don't be afraid to negotiate. it's expected of you. new york up.

4. leave your furniture behind. a couch and a bed will do. head to ikea and cb2 to stock up on small space furniture.

5. don't move to new york without a job.

6. do your research. this book was helpful in terms of choosing a neighborhood, cost of living, and what to expect from rental agreements.

7. know someone (anyone!?) who lives in the city? new yorkers are very friendly and probably willing to help.

photo by vincent laforet.

32 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Brilliant tips and that photo...wow..so breathtaking! Have a great morning. xo

Greetings from Texas! said...

Good tips and like the new look of the blog woman!

Anonymous said...

the situation is more complicated when you are from Rome and want to mov to NYC: most of all because of when you're looking a job people usually ask you to be resident in NY city, but when you look for an apartment they ask you to already have a job. So, which came first, the chicken or the egg?

rebecca said...

anon-
so true. if you have family/friends in the city who will allow it, you could try using their address for your resume.

jillian m. said...

Great tips. I'm in-between on the first one. I had a car and found it soooooooo very convenient (especially if one lives in the outer boroughs like BK or Queens). But, I recently gave it up to my parents because it was a huge expense I didn't need. Now, I use Zipcar to get around when the trains or buses just won't cut it. I miss driving and the convenience of it, but if you live near public transportation, it's worth giving up.

rebecca said...

jillian-
zipcar is great. we may not have given up our car if we lived in a different borough or had family within driving distance. agreed.

Julie said...

I bought a copy of that book five years ago in preparation for our move to NYC! I really was very helpful. Great tips!

Belle said...

I lived in Vancouver, BC for five years and you don't need a car there either. It was great not to have to drive anywhere and it saves a lot of money.

Vanessa said...

#2 is so true it's sad! I'm not 100% in agreement with #5, though. I didn't have a job when I moved here, because it was impossible for me to go on interviews while living in Sweden during the months leading up to the move. It helps to have a job, of course, but I found that the most important thing was having enough money saved up to see me through a few months of unemployment.

Hannah @ www.thrivingthirty.tumblr.com said...

Love #5! Hilarious. I think it would be pretty bold to move to NYC with no job!

laura said...

I gotta say, I moved to NYC without a job and it was the best decision I made. I was trying to apply for jobs and do phone interviews from across the country and nothing was panning out. They always went with a local candidate. Once I moved, I was able to network better and I had landed a job within a week. Obviously it doesn't always happen that way, but sometimes that's just how you have to do it.

But ABSOLUTELY don't move if you're jobless and don't have a significant amount of money saved up to cushion you while you search.

rebecca said...

laura and vanessa-
i'd say it's true that new yorkers like to hire new yorkers. having a job first worked for us, otherwise we couldn't have saved a penny in the first place. of course, this is not the case for everyone as you have proven!

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

haha, great tips, rebecca! I still don't understand how you guys all live w/out cars, but I guess it works ;) Maybe my living out in the country has something to do w/it...

Brissa said...

great. now i want to move to new york.

Leah said...

Hello....your blog is on Design Mom. So excited. Love that blog. Congrats!

sheri said...

Love the new look! And congrats on your feature in Design Mom (another favorite blog...) - am so trying that toner! :)

Franka said...

Give me a job and I'll come!
:-))

♥ Franka

Meagan Murtagh said...

wish i knew number 5 when i graduated college. my nyc days were short lived when my cash ran out....

xo the egg out west.

Maddy said...

I wish I had done that when I lived in NYC for a bit. I got soooo many parking tickets during that time! It was impossible to keeping up with all the no parking days and houts :/

Kayla Poole said...

indeed. all of it, so true.

and uh, ahem, you and ed want to help us move in September? ;)

rebecca said...

kayla-
our hood!?! very exciting news. ed is very good with the moving of the things. you know, heavy lifting and what not. we can just stand back and make lifting noises/sighs/groans if you like.

sarah - dodeline design said...

Wow, what an experience! I would hardly know what to do with myself there!

the southern hostess said...

Great post! I'm totally stealing "new york up."

abby said...

this is actually really honest and helpful for any big city move. thanks!

Chessa! said...

I love these tips. it's so true about having a car...except we love ours now that we have a kid. it's just so much easier to go outside the city. and sometimes when we go up to the park or to see friends uptown we take the car bc it's cheaper than cabs even if you have to pay to park it. I haven't take Lucia on the subway yet. I have an irrational fear that someone will stumble over her stroller and fall on her. I'm nuts.

as for the cash, you're 100% right on this. I LOVE this: New York up. totally stealing that;-)

and yes, we ARE nice. When my best friend from college first moved to NY she stayed on our couch for three weeks until she could find a place. :)

Chessa! said...

and btw, just noticed you switched it up around here. love it. so clean.

Alex said...

Very helpful. I seriously just need to break down and go for it.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Great tips - for NY but also for moving to other major cities!

Kim said...

Great tips for NYC, and probably SF as well (though it isn't impossible to have a car here). Finding a great neighborhood is key - I wish I had known a few people to ask about that before I moved!

Danie at Pasadya said...

Great tips! I'm going to show my husband #1. :)

Lyndsy said...

gorgeous shot!

Anonymous said...

Helpful info! Another valuable online guide on how to move to/within NYC and how to become adjusted to big city life is: www.BigCityMove.com

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