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Our Population is 8.249 million people

New York is an extremely exciting city to live, work and visit.
We hope to see you around.
In the mean time, here's some important information to get you started.

The most important stuff

  • The legal drinking age in New York is 21
  • The minimum driving age is 16
  • New York's unemployment rate is 8.3%
  • Our city's income tax rate ranges from 2.907% to 3.648%
  • The minimum wage in NYC is 7.25 USD per hour
  • The total cigarette tax in NYC is $5.85
This is what the climate in New York looks like:

Other stuff you should probably know

What It Really Costs To Live in Manhattan, 2013-2014

So, in case you hadn’t heard, New York City is pretty expensive. Actually, it is the most expensive place for a family to live in the entire United States, according to the recent Economic Policy report. If you’re interested in living in the Manhattan, chew on these facts and figures before deciding to take a bite out of Big Apple living.

For starters, you’ll need to bring in about $4,000—after taxes—in order to swing living in the city. If you’re single and planning to live with roommates, splitting expenses, you can manage with slightly less than the four grand.

Real Estate

A two-bedroom apartment in any neighborhood south of Central Park—that isn’t hip and trendy—will run anywhere from $2,500 to $3,000. If you plan on movin’ on up to the east side (the Upper East side, that is), plan for that number to increase by a whopping thirty percent.

Monthly Bills

The bright side to this is that your landlord or building super will usually pick up the tab for water and gas bills, leaving you to handle the electric bill on your own. Keep in mind that just like in other parts of the county, New York gets really hot in the summertime, so running your a/c will run up that bill come June or July. Luckily, fall comes quickly here, so it will really just be a brief season of unbearable-without-a-popsicle-and-air-conditioning heat.

Foodstuffs

Now that we’ve covered what it will cost you to have a roof over heard, let’s examine what it will to do your wallet to eat in the city. (Don’t wince—you need to eat to survive, don’t you?) Fixing a salad for dinner? A head of lettuce will take $2.50 out of your wallet. Feel like making a BEC for breakfast? (Bacon, egg, and cheese—don’t worry, you’ll catch on once you get here.) A dozen eggs can cost anywhere from $1.50--$3.00, depending on the size and grade of the eggs as well as the lifestyle of the chicken they came from—free range, organic, hormone-free, et cetera.

Ordering in a famous and delicious pizza pie costs in the neighborhood of $17—and believe me, this is worth every cent. I’ve travelled across continents and throughout the States, and the best pizza anywhere else is like the worst pizza in New York (which I daresay doesn’t exist). But I digress…

If you feel like going out, make sure you’ve budgeted for it—or at least make some room on your credit card. Dinner for you and your date at any mid-level restaurant will cost about $80 before the tip. This includes the appetizer, two entrees, and dessert.

Notice that the above-mentioned date menu does not include adult beverages. You’re better off drinking at home or heading to a friend’s house for a party or soiree, since a simple glass of a house red or white takes $12 out of your paycheck that you are never getting back—and that’s the house wine. Wine not your thing? A typical Manhattan bar will charge you about $7 for a bottle of beer.

That’s just a little bit insane….but this is what it is. This is New York.

Employment options in New York City

Even though the tiny island of Manhattan is loaded with people, there is more than likely a job waiting there for you. In fact, it’s probably going to be easier to find a job in the city than it is to find an apartment.

According to a recent survey conducted by Forbes magazine, New York City earned the number eight spot of the top ten cities for people seeking employment. This makes sense: the more businesses and industries that congregate in a place, the more people they require to complete work.

Manhattan has one of the country’s biggest workforces. On top of that, there’s a ton of companies grouped together in one small, densely populated, concentrated location. There’s a ton of options for folks who live north of the city, out on Long Island, and down in Jersey. Actually, the Big Apple is one of the best cities for folks willing to commute.

It’s hard to name just one industry or one projected trend of job growth in a city that is home to a variety of sectors and ability levels. However, the following fields are growing, thriving, and hiring:

  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Business Services
  • Hospitality and Recreation Services


Raising Kids in Manhattan

As parents, you know that raising kids is no walk through Central Park. Raising your family in the heart of the greatest city in the world, however, can present just as many challenges as the city present rich cultural opportunities. Here’s what parents need to know.

The city is safer than it used to be...

But you still need to be careful. Really. Your children will need to learn quickly and practically how to recognize danger, more than they would need to in the suburbs or in a small town. Learning the gridded layout of the city, reading a map, and knowing a few different ways to get home are all important skills you’ll need to impart to your young ones sooner rather than later.

Get used to waiting.

If you or your child wants to do it, chances are there are a million other kids—literally—who are also interested in the very same thing. There are waiting lists for anything and everything. Forget private schools and preschool programs, we’re talking about dance classes, swimming lessons, summer camps, even story time sessions at the library. This is not an exaggeration; this is the reality of living in the most populated city in America. You can either be the early park bench pigeon getting the worm or else learn valuable lessons in patience.

Free family activities

The stroke of luck on your wallet hits ironically here in New York City. While you’re scrimping and saving on all aspects of your budget in order to live here, you won’t be without entertainment. There are a ton of family-friendly activities that are free—yes, FREE—in the five boroughs, especially during the summer. You’re living in Manhattan for a reason, right? And one of those reasons is probably to enjoy all that the place has to offer. This can be costly, so check out Time Out New York. The publication lists these events on a regular basis and it’s worth your while to stay on top of what’s being offered (at no cost to you).

Every place has its own character, which comes along with its own quirks. Even though there are certain things you’ll need to keep in mind, the majority of what you do to raise your kids takes place in-house. Whether that’s a walk-up apartment in Manhattan or a single-family in Brooklyn, the city is just the beautiful backdrop for the more important lessons you’re teaching your kids right in your very home.


How To Move To New York in 5 Simple Steps

So, you’ve finally decided to make your dream come true: you’re moving to the Big Apple. Congratulations! New York welcomes you, even though there’s not a sign announcing this sentiment like you see in, oh, just about every other state in the union.

In many ways, moving to Manhattan and its surrounding suburbs is just like moving anywhere else: you find a job, a place to live, the closest grocery store, and the best coffee shop. Ideally, you draft budgets, save money, and hire a moving company.

Then again, it’s not like moving anywhere else in the world at all, since your new home is also home to over 1.6 million residents (not to mention the commuters daily tourists) who cram themselves into a mere 33 square miles of Manhattan island space.

Don’t Just Picture It, Visit It

In most long-distance relationships, it becomes so very easy to romanticize and idealize the person you think you are falling in love with. Then the long weekend together finally happens, or one of you has moved to be closer to the other. Reality hits and it can get ugly.

It’s the same way when people come to visit New York City, looking at the sights through a tourist’s eyes and falling in love with the idea of living there. If you’re seriously considering making a new life for yourself in this grand city, you need to realize the following things:

Everything Is More Expensive Here

Unless you landed some primo job that allows for you to live in a huge apartment sans roommates, don’t expect to take in Broadway shows or go to the hottest clubs each weekend. Your life as a local will differ drastically from the life of your former-tourist self. The Economic Policy Report claims that life in Manhattan costs twice as much as living in Mississippi, and three out of the top five most expensive places to live are in New York City, according to The Huffington Post.

Tips:
  • Save up as much money as you can
  • Stick to your budget like Elmer’s glue once you settle in
  • Consider living with roommates
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Small Spaces, Careful Packing

Carrie Bradshaw might have a sweet apartment, but big city living isn’t always the way it looks like on TV. (When is anything in real life ever like what it seems to be on TV?) A one-bedroom apartment --in the heart of the city, in a relatively safe neighborhood—costs in the ballpark of $1,600, and doesn’t guarantee a dishwasher in its less than 500 square feet of living space. Ahem.

Once you sign your lease (or your sublease), you might feel like rushing over to IKEA and decking the place out, but you’ll want to really see how much space you have to work with. Bring a bed or mattress set, of course, and necessary items for daily living, but hold off on using every Pinterest idea you’ve ever seen to decorate your small space until you get a firm idea of what you need and what will fit.

Tips:
  • Check out Craigslist for furniture
  • Find a friend with a car and head out to Jersey, Queens, or Long Island for yard sales
  • Shop online (just measure carefully)
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Bring Your White Noise Machine

The quietest I have ever seen Manhattan was around six o’clock on a snowy Saturday morning in March, and it was definitely a Twilight Zone type of moment. The city that never sleeps might prevent you from catching some zzzs. After all, the bars can stay open until 4 a.m. The shift from nightlife to morning occurs as bakers and delicatessens start their day, crossing paths with club deejays and bartenders.

It can be pretty loud out on the streets in the evenings, so combat the din with a great white noise machine or a huge fan.

It Will Take You Five Hundred Times As Long To Get Anywhere

CNN named Manhattan the fourth worst city for driving in their February, 2013 article; Brooklyn nabbed the top spot and Queens came in a respectable second place.

So, you might want to leave your car at home.

This is OK, since you’ll probably be walking everywhere or taking the trains. Still, you will always need to allot more time than you would imagine getting someplace, since there is constant construction going on in addition to nightmarish traffic jams. This advice rings true even if you are planning to use the subway system—not only do you want to avoid missing your ride, trains get packed at certain points of the day and you might have to wait for the next one. Oh yes - New York stars CNN Money's top 10 Worst Cities for Driving list.

These are the kind of things you can expect when you move to New York. It’s not all Cosmopolitan and The Waldorf-Astoria, but it is fairly reasonable when you realize the tremendous capacity this city has for housing an enormous amount of people.


Climate in New York City per month & season

Big Apple lovers might maintain that there is never really a bad time to visit the city, but au contraire, friends. While Manhattan might be the brightest gem of a metropolis on the eastern seaboard, there are definitely better times to visit the city than others. This isn’t Florida, folks—New York City enjoys four seasons and the climate changes they bring each month.

Best Times To Visit

People dream of visiting New York City for a variety of reasons, and some of those reasons are seasonal. Hollywood’s depiction of Manhattan at Christmastime isn’t far off from the real magic of the city in December. Weather-wise, the Christmas season is okay for visiting. While the temps can get seriously chilly (into the lower 30s), blizzards don’t usually make appearances at this time. The streets are filled with tourists a-plenty in December and it just gets more packed as the New Year approaches.

The old jazz standard Autumn In New York ponders the question “why does it sound so inviting?” Because it is! Going to New York in the fall is really the ideal time to visit: the air is crisp, the kids are back to school so the streets aren’t quite as crowded, and the weather patterns in general are typically enjoyable. October and November stay relatively dry and the cool of the air stays in the 50s—perfect jeans, tee shirt, and hoodie weather.

Springtime—from April to June—is the next best time to spend a vacation in Manhattan. Temperatures stay in the 60s and 70s. May might bring a bit of rain, but in general, the precipitation levels stay in the average (3.9 inches) that the city sees throughout the year.

Best Times To Escape

Honestly, the only really bad time to visit the city is in the summer. Well, January isn’t great, with its typical high of 38 degrees. But back to summer.

It does get quite hazy, hot, and humid in July and August, with July carrying the most precipitation of the summer months and August temperatures climbing up to the 90s. Walking around from block to block while you’re drenched with sweat and teeming with hundreds of other sweaty, stinky people. Let’s not even get started about how lovely the subways are this time of year.

In New York City, the tiger that is the month of March doesn’t always go out like a lamb. March is moodier than a menopausal woman. Imagine you’re spending a five-day workweek in the city. You might pack a couple of sweaters and pair of jeans and think you’re set, but you’ll really wind up shopping for t-shirts and light pants just so you can breathe for the first three days. The fourth day, you’re confronted with torrential downpours of rain and the final day puts you back in the original sweaters you packed and searching for wool socks. This is New York in March. Try to avoid it if you can.

You can always find a way to make it work, though, when you visit. If it’s too hot, duck inside one of a multitude of museums and enjoy some air-conditioning. If you’re freezing, you’ll have no problem warming up with a hot cuppa joe at any deli, bakery, or coffee shop. You love New York; I love New York. Don’t let the weather keep you away. Just know to expect from old Mama Nature...and how to pack.



New York's Finest Neighborhoods

In this area of our site, you'll find everything important there is to know about New York's neighborhoods, in each of the city's burrows. Are you ready?



Manhattan 2013-2014 - Where Should I Live?

Let's face it. If you’re thinking about moving to New York City, chances are you are both daydreaming about your dream apartment and getting sick at the sight of rent costs on craigslist. To top it all off, you know you want to be part of one of the latest up-and-coming areas. The problem is you’re not quite sure where that is. Don’t worry—most New Yorkers don’t find out until there’s no vacancy, either. But have no fear, since we present four awesome neighborhoods that are just teetering on the prime of their upcoming heyday, and you can be a part of it, too.

Battery Park City and The Financial District

BPC is as far south on the island of Manhattan that you can get. However, all taxis, subways, and other modes of transport (including ferries) lead to this part of the city, so getting around is relatively okay. If you work anywhere near the Wall Street area, you’ll enjoy a shorter commute than pretty much anyone else you might work with. Battery Park City is also as outdoorsy as you might get living in Manhattan proper: consider the Hudson River, Battery Park itself, and the world’s first condo complex to be deemed environmentally safe (The Solaire) all call this place home. While this part of Manhattan isn’t necessarily hopping with cafes and galleries, there are other kinds of culture offered here: the New York Public Library system just opened a location here in BPS. Housing isn’t cheap, however, when you have the Statue of Liberty out your window greeting you each morning. A two-bedroom runs $6,000 in rent—and that’s on the low side.

The Upper West Side—from 90th street to West End Avenue

This neighborhood of the Upper West Side has a large influence from Columbia University, the great Ivy League institution. Bookshops, bars, clubs, restaurants, and cafes dot the streets, presenting an air of culture and intellectualism. Central Park and Riverside Drive Park provide plenty of recreational opportunities. Unlike other parts of the UWS, the apartments here are a bit bigger and affordable in the prewar buildings.

Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen has been the subject of gentrification efforts for about twenty years now, fleeing away from its otherwise rough reputation. The good news for buyers and renters is this: that very reputation has helped to keep prices low. Celebrities know this: Jerry Seinfeld and Alicia Keys, among others, have made their home in this neighborhood—a wise choice for their wallets. The location in midtown provides a great source of culture, from the Actors Studio to recording and television studios, which means you know the nightlife is bound to be stellar.


Brooklyn’s Hottest Neighborhoods, 2013

In case you haven’t heard, Brooklyn is now the new cool for New Yorkers looking for new digs. The gentrification of older Brooklyn neighborhoods has made way for new businesses, restaurants, and culture in Kings County. Some of these small communities boomed automatically and aren’t even small anymore, so where do Brooklyn-hopefuls go to find the newest about-to-be-the-it-place now?

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

If you are looking for someplace authentically Brooklyn, as in Saturday Night Fever of Brooklyn, and you’re picturing pubs, pizzerias, mom-and-pop ice cream shops and candy stores, you’ve got Bay Ridge. Located in the southwest part of the borough, Bay Ridge is a solid, middle-class, family kind of community that is recently noticing an influx of hipsters. Yes, hipsters. That’s how you know you are the next Big Thing. Plus, you can see the Verrazano Bridge from everywhere. You can get to Manhattan easily, crime is low, and the schools perform admirably. A three-bedroom rental goes for about $2,100 and purchasing a three-bedroom home will run you in the ballpark of $700,000.

Carroll Gardens

It’s amazing those same hipsters haven’t infiltrated Carroll Gardens yet—this place, a self-described real-life Sesame Street located in South Brooklyn. CG offers a unique blend of old-school Italian areas and trendy art galleries, cafes, and independent boutiques. Some of the city’s most beautiful brownstones are here in Carroll Gardens; they actually have small gardens in their front yards. (Yes. Front yards in New York City.) Two subway trains and a bus lines provide transportation to Manhattan, so the commute is about a half hour—tolerable and quick. The public schools perform at the top range. Renting a one-bedroom runs an average of $2,400 a month, while some of the most gigantic brownstones would cost well over $3 million to purchase. With a huge assortment of housing options to choose from, there’s every reason to move to Carroll Gardens.


Queens: The Place to Be

When my mother was growing up in Howard Beach, you could walk to candy stores, do the grocery shopping for your grandmother, and play stoop ball every afternoon. Basically, Queens was the kind of place you sought for raising a family in New York without paying Long Island prices. Today, Queens remains family-friendly, but it is also home to some great spots that are up and coming in the NYC real estate scene.

Astoria

Astoria lies in the northwestern edge of Queens, a mere 15-minute subway ride from the heart of midtown. Most aspiring Astorians select this neighborhood for its convenient location to their Manhattan jobs as well as its cultural diversity. This community boasts the largest Greek population outside of Europe, but don’t worry you’re not Greek—this is a very welcoming community. Smaller one-bedroom apartments go for a median $1,600.

Corona

Not talking about the beer here, kiddos. Corona is kind of famous: not only was it the home of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Salt-n-Pepa, and Madonna (for one year), but it’s known around the world for its Italian ices and being the home of the Mets. Corona, a diverse are comprised of a mainly Latino, Asian, Italian, and Chinese population, is also a family-friendly. This area offers thriving recreation by means of parks, athletics, and museums.

If you’re interested in buying a house, the median range is $477,000, which is fairly low for a New York City up-and-coming neighborhood. Rent averages $1,500 for a three-bedroom apartment. The commute to Manhattan isn’t horrible—a 35-minute subway ride to midtown.

Ridgewood

Ridgewood is the place to be for anyone seeking a peaceful, family-style neighborhood. This working-class, melting pot of a community is home to lots of young families, students, and artists. It’s considered the affordable alternative to the trendier Brooklyn neighborhoods, with rents for a three-bedroom running in the ballpark of $1,900. The homes are well-kept and the streets are lined with trees, an oasis of sorts in New York City. While Ridgewood might not be the hub of hip cafes and galleries, the area is currently taking small steps towards gentrification.

Little Neck, Queens

I’m just going to go right out and say that if you have kids, you need to live in Little Neck, and here’s why. Well, first, this neighborhood boasts the lowest crime rate in all of New York City. We’re also assuming you if have a need to live in the city, and if you have kids, you’re probably looking for great schools. You have a host of choices with the hoity-toity private Manhattan day schools. But seriously, who can afford that? Look to Little Neck for schools that rival the best in Manhattan. This school district is the highest ranking in all of Queens County. The commute to Manhattan is a manageable 25-minute drive or train ride on the LIRR. Residences range in price from $350,000 at the low end to nearly $2 million on the high end. It’s nice to have options, right? The quality of education, the affordability, and the proximity to midtown all make Little Neck one of the top places you’ll want to be this year and for years to come.


Staten Island Best Areas Explored

If you are looking for a place that’s just a hop, skip, and yes, a ferry ride away from the core of the Big Apple, consider Staten Island. Offering more than just the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline by means of its ferry, Staten Island is home to two excellent neighborhoods.

Tottenville

This New York City community on the southernmost tip of the island is perfect for families, or anyone who wants easy access to the Big Apple without giving up the white picket fence dream. Complete with Little Leagues, beaches, and Victorian-style homes, this is the closest to Main Street you can get and still live in New York City. Buying one of those houses, by the way, will run you in the upper $580s while renting is in the $2,500 ballpark. Tottenville High School has a 98% graduation rate and the community is relatively safe. The Tottenville Historical Society works hard to preserve memories of yesteryear and maintain the small town feel of this community, ensuring that Tottenville can only get so big while it continues to get better and better.

St. George

You’ve probably set foot in the vicinity of St. George if you’ve ever taken the Staten Island ferry from its home terminal on the northeastern tip of the island. Maybe you’ve caught a show at the St. George Theater, which draws big-name acts like Tony Bennett and even the Jonas Brothers. Complete with eclectic restaurants, historic districts, funky neighborhood bars, and a thriving community of visual and performing artists, St. George provides the cultural vibe of Manhattan while keeping up the close-knit neighborhood feel. It’s also an affordable choice: the price tag for purchasing a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo just under 2,000 square feet is in the ballpark of $375,000. However, since St. George is billed as the next Park Slope, the property values are rising—get in while the getting’s good, folks.


The Bronx - New York's Comeback Kid

The Bronx isn’t the most densely populated of the five boroughs, but it maintains the strongest dichotomy within its socio-economic realm: the poorest of the poor and the richest of the rich all call The Bronx home. The good news is that there’s room for them and everybody in between. The Bronx is the true comeback kid of New York City, rising back from its decline and tough reputation into an era of gentrification and trendiness.

Pelham Bay

This is the safest neighborhood in the entire borough, making Pelham Bay a smart choice for anybody. Manhattan is accessible via bus and subway lines for the high ratio of civil servants who work in the city; the Jacobi Medical Center is another large employer of Bronxites. Pelham Bay—the name itself conjured up images of the water—is quite close to City Island, a maritime community, and is home to beaches, salt marshes, and parks. While the area has some degree of diversity, it maintains its Italian roots by celebrating with one of New York’s biggest Italian street fairs. This Bronx neighborhood is pretty affordable with a single-family home going for a median of $500,000.

Grand Concourse

The South Bronx was the part of the Bronx that everyone tried to avoid back in the day—even the people who lived there were trying to get out. Nowadays, things are different, the crime rate has plummeted, and the Grand Concourse community is on target for being the next It place. The new Yankee Stadium calls this neighborhood home. A greener, hippy-esque feel can be found here by way of yoga studios and farmer’s markets (yes, farmer’s markets in the Bronx!) and makes up for what the community is currently lacking in the ways of dining options. You can buy a co-op for under $300,000—unheard of in New York City. These prices aren’t going to last once GC goes from being up-and-coming to arrived.

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