Thinking of moving to New York City

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  1. virtually dead

    virtually dead Simply Thrilled, Honey

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    Hello
    I've started thinking about taking an extended holiday in New York, 6months to a year to start with and if I like it then possibly more.
    But I need some advice on the practicality of all this, what areas are cheap to live in? How do I get an apartment?
    How much money am I going to need, roughly, to survive?

    I know some of you are New Yorker's so hopefully someone can help me out.
    Thanks

    ps: It was sparked by a Woody Allen film, and why not?
     
  2. That's a far cry from a commune, like you were talking about last year.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    What kind of visa would you get? Tourist, student, worker, etc.?
     
  3. ThatAbby

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    Lots of money. I would probably try to live in on eof the burroughs rather than manhattan. I live in Connecticut and it's pretty pricey here as well. Maybe Brooklyn or Queens, but you have to make sure it's a nicer part of town.
     
  4. modrevolve

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    if you don't mind living with a few roommates and don't need much personal space then you could prolly find a share in an apartment for around $700 per month in parts of brooklyn..You should check out craigslist to get a rough idea of rent costs..

    NRITH asks a good question..if you don't have a visa you won't be able to get a proper job and will have to work under the table bartending or do some type of manual labor.
     
  5. virtually dead

    virtually dead Simply Thrilled, Honey

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    I don't have a Visa yet, it's just a thought, would I be better to do this once I have a degree?

    And NRITH, the commune idea was longer than a year ago, ok? :p
     
  6. That cheap, really?

    And bars only hire the Irish. ;)

    virtie, aren't you from a small town?
     
  7. virtually dead

    virtually dead Simply Thrilled, Honey

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    Originally, yes, but I live in Glasgow now. I've been told one bourough in NYC is bigger than Glasgow.
     
  8. sweetness522

    sweetness522 My one true love

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    I live in Queens and it's not as pricey as Manhattan, but New York is expensive. Astoria and Jackson Heights are supposedly two of the few remaining areas to get a cheaper apartment, but that may even be a thing of the past now. There are wonderful Greek restaurants in Astoria, and you are just a subway ride from the city living in either.
     
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    Once you graduate you should try to find a company who has offices in NYC and would one day allow you to transfer there.

     
  10. Yeah, surely. 2.3 million people in the greater Glasgow area vs. 18.8 million in greater NYC.

    The food is infinitely better in NYC, though, I'm sure.
     
  11. Buzzetta

    Buzzetta WOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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    If you want up and coming then you will be able to SHARE an apartment for someone for about $750-800 a month in Brooklyn. If you want to find an area where this is LESS of a chance of getting mugged and raped be prepared for around $1300 in Brooklyn and that too can be the cost of sharing an apartment.

    In Manhattan a friend lives around the East 90's and pays close to $3000 a month.
     
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    also you should try to connect with a few of these people and ask for their advice. The girl who runs this lived right down the street from me when I was in Hoboken and she is really sweet.

    http://www.meetup.com/NYC-British-Expats/
     
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    the beer was much cheaper in Glasgow though and you weren't expected to tip..

     
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    bored Lust a prima vista

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    My friend had pretty decent rent in Mineola.. a bit west of Queens.. about 25 minutes from Manhattan. Now he lives in Harrison (in Westchester) but his girlfriend's father owns the house.

    Oh yeah, he says people that live in Queens, which is on Long Island say they are not part of Long Island. Is that true?
     
  15. Jukebox Jury

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    When you get to immigration at the airport, they will ask you the purpose of your visit and also proof of your exit from the country, so if you go in on a holiday visa and say for two weeks but don't have an outward ticket, they may refuse you entry. Just something to bare in mind.

    Jukebox Jury
     
  16. That's what I was gonna guess. virtie seems like more of a Greenwich Village type, though. A SoLowist runs a store down there; you should ask her.
     
  17. Jukebox Jury

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    That is very true:thumb:

    Jukebox Jury
     
  18. Buzzetta

    Buzzetta WOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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    Geographically speaking Crooklyn and Queens are a part of Long Island.
     
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    virtually dead Simply Thrilled, Honey

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    I don't know if any of you would know but, are there much oppertunities for a practising artist in NY?
    I've admitted now I can't go without a degree.
     
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    I've lived on Long Island, too, and always consider that distinct from Queens - Queens is technically attached to Long Island, geographically, but I pay NYC taxes, get NYC garbage collection, so I'm not a resident of Long Island in any way.:)
     
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