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What You Should Know Before Moving to New York City
Founded in: 1624
Population: Approx. 19 million people
All moves are busy, but moving to New York City is busy. In New York City there are always clubs to visit, shows to see and people to meet. With so many interesting entertainment options to get excited about, it's easy to lose track of the technical components that can make your move to New York a success. I've prepared a list of things to consider when moving to New York that can help streamline the process.
- New York weather is extremely unpredictable (and don't let anyone convince you otherwise). Rain (and even torrential downpours) can strike throughout the year (though in the winter there is also a good chance of snow).
- If you prefer to move to New York during the driest part of the year, the fall and spring are probably your best bets.
- January is New York's coldest month, with an average temperature around 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Summers temperatures are generally pleasant, with an average temperature between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, though regular humidity can wreak havoc on your hair.
- New York City is the home to many Fortune 500 companies. It is also the international headquarters for many large foreign enterprises.
- Midtown Manhattan is considered the largest business district in the United States.
- Lower Manhattan is the home to the world's two largest stock exchanges, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
- Financial services generate about 35% of the city's employment income.
- Many television outlets are based in New York City, including: ABC, CBS, FOX, FOX News, NBC, MTV and HBO
- Two national daily newspapers, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are based in New York City
- Over 500 other publications have offices in New York City.
- About 790,000 businesses operate in New York City.
Cost of Living:
- Studies show that New York City is the most expensive place to live in the entire United States.
- The average monthly rent in New York City is close to $3,000, which is nearly double the average rent in San Francisco, the second most expensive city in the country.
- Public transportation is the most popular way to travel around the city.
- Unlike in other large cities such as Los Angeles, residents of New York City suburbs have easy access to the city with public transportation.
- Manhattan has over 722 miles of subway track and nearly 500 subway stops.
- About 5 million people ride the New York City subway every day.
- Nearly 13,000 licensed cab drivers service New York City.
- New York City has 2 major airports, Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport. Newark International Airport, located close to the city, is often considered the city's 3rd airport.
Misc. Facts about New York City:
- Manhattan's Chinatown is the largest Chinese enclave in the Western Hemisphere.
- New York City was the first capital of the United States.
- Over 18,000 restaurants are found in New York City. The city has about 4,000 more food vendors that sell food on street corners.
- Approximately 36% of New York City residents were born outside of the United States.
- As compared with the other 25 largest cities in the United States, New York City has a surprisingly low crime rate.
- With nearly 40,000 participants, the annual New York City marathon is the largest marathon in the world.
Some New York Movers and Shakers:
- Donald Trump
- Brooke Shields
- Conan O'Brien
- Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
- Katie Couric
Tips for Moving to New York City:
- Many buildings in the city are walk-ups, so it's highly recommended to check with your mover if the crew will be able to unload all of your belongings into your new abode. Make sure to ask how much it'll cost to hoist your stuff through the windows, if necessary.
- Before scheduling your move to New York, check with your building's management about what times you are permitted to move in. Some buildings restrict moving to certain times of day. If relevant, you should also ask about reserving the freight elevator for that time.
- Parking is difficult in New York City. If you're moving your own stuff, make sure you have a friend that can sit in your van, and move it if necessary. Likewise, it's difficult to navigate in the city's narrow streets, so unless you're used to driving a truck, it's recommended to hire a mover who will more likely avoid a car accident.
- Choose experienced New York City movers. If you're moving oversized furniture or appliances, you'll be glad to have a team who knows how to maneuver through a New York City apartment building. Weigh the costs of hiring the best movers against the risks of hiring New York City movers who aren't experts. You'll see that when it comes to moving to New York City, cost isn't the only thing to consider.
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