Things to Keep in Mind When Moving to NYC
1. Move Efficiently
When it comes to NYC, moving can be quite a hassle. There’s a lot of stuff to move, and not a whole lot of room to work with. Do yourself a favor and take the stress of moving off your shoulders by using a professional moving service. From pickup to delivery and everything in between, having your belongings moved by a professional will make your transition much more enjoyable.
2. Buy Some Quality Shoes
According to Fitbit, no matter the season, New Yorkers walk more than people in every other state. With that in mind, make sure you’re schlepping around the Big Apple in shoes that give you adequate support. Do yourself a favor and invest in a good pair of shoes that can handle some serious mileage. Your feet (and your wallet) will thank you!
3. Get an Unlimited Metrocard
Even with all the walking you’ll be doing in your comfy new shoes, you can’t get everywhere on foot. Taxis can be too expensive to use on a regular basis, so getting a metrocard the way to go. Whether it’s commuting from your new apartment on the Upper East Side to your place of work in Fidi or heading from Soul Cycle at Union Square to happy hour in Williamsburg, the subway is the quickest way to get from one neighborhood to the next.
4. Renters Insurance
If you’re moving to a rental apartment in the city, renters insurance is a must. It covers unpredictable events like fire, theft, or vandalism. In addition, it can also reimburse you for the cost of alternative living arrangements should your apartment become uninhabitable due to storm or fire damage. And since renters insurance is so affordable, there’s really no reason not to get it.
5. Scope Out The Restrooms
Restrooms in NYC can be hard to come by. So when you’re on the go and you need to go, you’ll want to have a beat on the closest restrooms. Check out this handy map of public restrooms so you can plan your trip with peace of mind.
6. Doing Laundry
Doing your laundry can be a time-consuming and painful experience if your building doesn’t have laundry machines. And navigating the laundromat at the wrong time can be worse than getting stuck in rush hour traffic. However, most laundromats offer a wash and fold service. Drop your clothes off before work, pay by the pound to have them washed, dried, and folded, and then pick them up on your way home. You might pay a little extra, but it’s worth every penny!
7. Getting Groceries
Although there are countless options for takeout, dine-in, and fast food, you’re still going to want some food on hand in your apartment. And much like laundry, it can be a pain to do your own shopping and haul all your groceries back to your apartment. Luckily, there are grocery services out there that will deliver what you need right to your door so you don’t need to bother with shopping yourself.
8. Don’t Forget To Explore!
Once you’re all moved in, get out there and explore what NYC has to offer! From comedy shows to salsa dancing, there are plenty of awesome live events going on in NYC! No matter what you’re interested in, there’s bound to be something going on that piques your interest. If you moved to the Big Apple all by yourself and you don’t really know anybody, live events are also a great way to meet new people who share the same interests as you.