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A Newcomer's Guide to NYC Living

Last updated 4 years ago

No matter where you’ve lived before, nowhere compares to the bright lights of the big city. Which big city? The Big Apple, of course! New York City is one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the U.S., and it is famous for its culture, architecture, and people. There’s a lot to love about New York City, but the city itself can also be quite overwhelming for first-timers or people unaccustomed to life on the east coast. If you will be moving to NYC, here are a few things you should know to help ease your transition into life in the Big Apple. 

Learn to Love Public Transportation

More than 50 percent of households in New York City don’t have an automobile, and for good reason. Many apartment buildings do not offer on-site parking, and trying to find a parking spot in the middle of downtown is next to impossible sometimes. Fortunately, New York City’s subway network is the largest underground system in the world, and you can commute across town with an unlimited Metrocard for approximately $100 per month. Buses and taxicabs can also help you explore NYC in a hurry.

Maximize Your Living Space

If you’ve already found a place to live, or if you’ve been apartment hunting for the past few weeks, you know that living space is a premium in NYC. In fact, the average sized of an apartment on Manhattan Island is less than 500 square feet. To make your studio or single-bedroom apartment feel bigger, maximize space however you can. If need be, put bulky furniture or seasonal clothing in a self-storage unit to conserve space in your apartment.

There aren’t enough guides on the planet to prepare you for life in New York City; the only thing you can do is jump right in and have fun! For help getting to your new apartment, contact Men on the Move. In addition to our moving services, we also offer self-storage on Long Island. For additional information about our moving and storage services, call us at (718) 618-5456. 


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