I want to move to NYC.
May 4, 2014 1:58 PM Subscribe
I would like to move to NYC but have no idea how to actually go about doing so. My main priority is meeting people and making new friends, but I'm also (of course) concerned about finding work and living in an area I like and can afford.
posted by reductiondesign to Work & Money (33 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 24 years old and would like to move once I graduate. My major was geography but I'm not interested in a job in that field; in fact, I'd prefer to work a job or two somewhere like a record store, coffee shop, or art gallery. I'd like an area with lots of people in their mid- to late-twenties, and I also love art, music, and film.
After some initial research, I have a few questions:
1. I've heard it's common for landlords to require an annual salary 40x your monthly rent. How commonplace is this practice?
2. I'm currently looking into Sunnyside, Astoria, and Williamsburg. Any advice relating to any of those neighborhoods would be much appreciated!
3. It sound to me like the best way to go about this is to save up, fly to NYC, rent a room for a month, and use that month to find an apartment and a job. Is this the best option?
4. I'm expecting that my apartment options will be mainly limited by my budget (the lower the better - $1000/mo or less would be ideal, but am I being naive? What should I worry about most, after safety - noise, location, neighbors?
Thanks as always, MeFi.