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Cost Of Living In NYC If You Moved From Europe

August 17, 2018
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New York City is one of those places that a lot of people want to move to. It has been the setting for countless films and TV shows and many of us dream of living there. It’s a place full of history, great food, breathtaking architecture, diverse cultures, and countless things to see and do.

However, if you are thinking of settling in New York City and living the New York lifestyle, you have to be prepared for some real challenges. New York City is notoriously expensive and relocating there from Europe won’t be a walk in the park.

Moving anywhere can be daunting, but large cities like NYC are particularly challenging. New York can make or break a person. It’s a wonderful place, but you have to know what you’re getting into before you make the move.

So, how to move to New York from Europe? Here are some things you need to know, from renting your first apartment to securing a job in NYC.

First apartment tips

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Before you make your way to New York City, you have to find somewhere to live. Here’s our basic moving guide for people making the trek to NYC from Europe.

Rents in New York City are one of the highest in the world. A small one-bedroom apartment in NYC can cost you over $2,600 per month. But if you’re willing to pay that much, you’ll be able to enjoy the perks: laundry facilities, a gym, and possibly even a doorman.

Location is everything. When looking for an apartment, make sure there’s a grocery or bodega, a laundromat, a pharmacy, and access to public transportation nearby.

If you’re renting in a walkup, get a unit on the top floor. You’ll appreciate the fact that it has more light, is less noisy, and has fewer people moving about than living on the lower floors. Before committing to an apartment, make sure you physically see it first.

You’ll need to pay two months’ rent before moving in. Once you’ve secured an apartment, try to develop a good relationship with the building super so you won’t have a hard time getting things fixed around the apartment.

Best places to live in New York City

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With each of New York City’s five boroughs offering something different, you won’t have trouble finding your ideal home. If you’re new to New York, the process of choosing where to live in NYC begins with familiarizing yourself with the different neighborhoods. Some areas are great for families with young children while others are perfect for people who want to be near art and culture. But, ultimately, which neighborhood you settle in will be dictated by your budget.

The West Village is great for those who wish to live some distance away from the skyscrapers of the Financial District and Uptown. It has a cozy neighborhood feel and is close to some beautiful parks. Similarly, the Upper East Side is right by Central Park and has a peaceful, though upscale, vibe. Some of the best museums in the world, including the Guggenheim and the Met, are in the area.

The East Village is perfect for those looking for an old NYC feel, with its avenues filled with musicians, artists, and poets. Meanwhile, the Lower East Side is considered the cultural melting pot of New York City with its thriving communities like Chinatown and Little Italy.

The popular Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope is a good place to raise a family. It has a good public school system and a homey feel. Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum are nearby.

How much does it cost to live in New York?

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Compared with other major cities around the world, including those in Europe, New York City is pretty expensive. But if you’re willing to work hard and make some sacrifices, living here will be well worth it. Here are some of the basic expenses you need to know about before moving to NYC.

Cab fare is about $2.50 (initial charge) plus about 40 cents per a half mile. A subway or bus ride is $2.75 while a 30-day unlimited ride pass is $121.

Most people in New York City live in an apartment, with just 18% living in a house. A small apartment with a single bedroom will set you back nearly $3000 a month. If you want to save money, you can settle for just a studio room, which will cost about $1200 a month.

A meal at a fast-food chain costs about $8. A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs about 10 times more than that. Local beer is around $6 while a cinema ticket is usually $15. A latte is about $5, a bottle of soda is about $2, and essential groceries will cost you about $30.

Best places to work in NYC

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People from all over the world flock to New York City looking for work. There are about 14 million foreign workers in the United States, with many seeking employment in places like New York City. But though NYC is expensive, you’re also more likely to get higher salaries here and in other large cities.

There are plenty of jobs in New York for foreigners, including those from Europe. Depending on your skills, qualifications, experience, education, and visa, you can find work in your chosen field, or you can take on blue collar jobs in service industries.

You don’t even have to leave your house to make money. If you know one or more languages, you can take on translation jobs. You can also easily make a living writing freelance. There are plenty of opportunities in this industry. For instance, you can make serious cash essay writing for students through a writing service.

There are several ways to find a job in NYC. You can usually find something online or by checking the classifieds in print versions of the popular dailies. You can also join Facebook groups, sign up with an employment agency, or hire a headhunter.

Should you move to New York?

Now that you have some idea of what it takes to successfully move to and make a living in New York City, the answer is up to you. If you feel that it’s worth the risk and you are confident in your ability to survive in the Big Apple, then go for it! Good luck on your journey!

I Found a Job in Writing Services

April 30, 2018
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The cutthroat competition in this city will drive you to look for other jobs and side gigs because having a day job is not enough. You have bills to pay, and everything is expensive. Luckily, if you have the skills and an internet access, you will eventually find one that works for you.

That is when it struck me. I can put my writing skills to further use. When I got home, I immediately searched for online writing services online that are also looking to hire writers for their company. I applied and got the job. I thought it is a good opportunity to earn some cash on the side. If you are looking for a perfect part-time gig, here are some tips.

Re-evaluate what you are good at

When you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses, you can use it to your advantage. Start with what you already know and love to do. For me, writing for a living does not feel like work. Landing a part-time job that also involves writing is just a bonus. Knowing what you are good at will make it easier for you to narrow down your options.

Network with people

You are highly likely to increase your odds of landing any job, whether full-time or part-time, if you network with the right people. Do not be shy to let your friends and acquaintances that you are out looking for a part-time job. Who knows, you might get news of company vacancy that is perfect for you.

Work on your resume

Write a clean resume that highlights your skills, strengths, and achievements. Make sure to double check your resume for spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, and other inaccuracies. If you are looking for online part-time jobs that can give you the flexibility to work on your own phase and place, you can create a creative video to attract potential employers that you can submit or post on your online profile.

Conduct a massive online search

The internet is a goldmine. Like me, there are a lot of job opportunities available online, if you just spend a little time to do some research. Have you ever heard of websites for freelancers where you can find job postings from employers who are also looking to hire freelancers? Yes, they exist. All you have to do is set up a profile with your qualifications and skills.

Show up and do your best

If you happen to get a chance for an interview, show up on time and do your best to ace that interview. If you are lucky to land a part-time job, show up to work. Showing up makes you appear reliable. Doing your best can open more doors for you.

Job hunting is never easy. You may have the right set of skills but lack opportunities or you may have the opportunities but lack skills and abilities. But to tell you the truth, perseverance, and determination trump skills and opportunities. You just have to prove to people you are worthy of a chance. If you are lucky to be given one, do not mess it up.

5 Difficulties I have Faced After Moving Netherlands to New York

March 19, 2018
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I love the Netherlands. It is peaceful yet colorful and vibrant. The canals and architecture make the city a little dreamy. Tourists flock the country to experience the rich culture and how people live their lives. In my heart, it will always be home. But, for now, I long for an adventure outside my comfort zone.

I decided to move to a crowded city that never sleeps. It was one of the biggest decisions I have ever made in my life. Although it is what I expect it to be, adjusting was not as easy as I hoped it would be. Here are some of the difficulties I faced after moving from the Netherlands to New York City to help you manage your expectations, in case you are thinking of doing the same.

Culture shock

New Yorkers are nice and friendly, but they can also come across as rude especially if you are not used to the culture. It is understandable because people are busy. They are always on the go and they seem like they are always rushing to go somewhere. They have places to be and you cannot expect them to just stop and make small talk, all the time. Everyone has a hectic schedule.

Juggling multiple jobs

Rent and cost of living in New York are expensive. You must be willing to work multiple jobs if you want to survive. It is hard and it is not for the faint heart. You must really want to come to this city to be willing to juggle multiple jobs. Make sure that you do not stress yourself out too much and you enjoy what you do. If you feel burned out, you might view the city differently and regret your decision to move.

Tough competition

Like that popular song, New York is a concrete jungle where dreams are made of. People from around the world want to come here and live as a successful New Yorker. But it is not that easy. The competition is tough. Not everyone gets to land their dream job. For those who were able to make it, they have to fight hard to stay where they are or if they want to achieve more.

Everyone seems replaceable. You cannot afford to be lazy because there is always someone waiting on the wings and ready to take your job. But, if you make it New York, you can make it anywhere.

Making new friends

Well, making new friends everywhere in the world is not easy. But I find making friends in New York City a little bit harder. Like what I mentioned, people always got somewhere to be. They work multiple jobs. They are always busy. If you happen to make friends, you cannot expect them to always be there if you need someone to have dinner with.

Fighting loneliness

I guess this is the most difficult part. No matter how alive and crowded the city is, it could be really lonely at times. Like I said, people are always busy. You spend most of your time working different jobs, and you come home to a small apartment. I miss home sometimes, but I don’t regret moving to New York City.

New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. If you want to live in this city, you must be willing to do everything you can to survive. Although it is not easy, you will get some sort of accomplishment for simply able to survive. The difficulties will only make you stronger and more resilient. It will change you for the better.

My Top 10 Places in New York

February 15, 2018
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New York is one of the best and most populated cities in the world. There are so many things to do and see, especially if you are on tour or you just moved in. Here are my top 10 picks of places to see in New York.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is branded as America’s favorite architecture and one of the many iconic places in New York City. On a good day, visitors can see a panoramic view of different cities including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts over the observation decks of the tower. There are two decks – one on the 86th floor and the other on 102nd floor.

Statue of Liberty

If you didn’t know, the Statue of Liberty is a gracious gift given by France to the United States. The statue stands at a magnificent 305 feet or 93 meters high. Visitors can climb up to the crown to see impressive views of Brooklyn. There are guided tours that are offered by Park Rangers to help you make the most of your visit and if you need some language assistance.

Times Square

Times Square is one of the most visited tourist attractions in New York and in the world. The whole feel of the city with its bright lights, commercial establishments, and a flock of visitors make it the world’s entertainment center.

Central Park

You can find Central Park in the center of Manhattan. Its 840 acres of land is home to the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle, and other tourist attractions. If you want to relax or soak your feet on the grass, you can take a walk or just sit in the park. Everywhere you look you can see people on bicycles, visitors on rented rowboats, joggers, skaters, and visitors fishing.

Fifth Avenue

To satisfy your expensive taste for luxury items, Fifth Avenue is the place to be. It is a prime shopping destination located in Midtown Manhattan. You can find designer brands, high-end shops, and reputable department stores between the 49th Street and 60th Street. While museums can be found in 82nd to 105th streets on the Upper East Side including the popular Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world that was built in 1883. The bridge is situated over the East River and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can walk, bike, and drive across this iconic landmark or simply admire the bridge and the New York skyline from the distance.

Grand Central Terminal

The Grand Central Terminal is another must-see tourist attraction in New York City. It is branded as the “loveliest station in the world” and home to the equally famous clock that is made of pearly opal glass. It also hosts special events, exhibitions, and the annual Christmas market.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is built by the Rockefeller family and composed of 19 total buildings. The complex offers a peek of some of New York City’s best treasures. It has an observation deck on the top that offers visitors a 360 degrees unobstructed view of New York City. The best time to enjoy a stroll around the center is during Christmas time with an enormous Christmas tree overlooking the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the skating rink.

September 11 Memorial

In honor of those who lost their lives on the September 11, 2001, attack, the city constructed the National September 11 Memorial. Two bronze panels with engraved names of those who died, stand in the Memorial pools. Visitors to the Memorial can see multimedia presentations, narratives, archives, and artifacts of the attack.

High Line

The High Line is a public park operated and maintained by the Friends of the High Line. The group fought for the park’s preservation and transformation of the rail into a park. Visitors can enjoy different programs and tours every month, and an incredible view of the Hudson River.

The buzzing city of New York is always full of life and activities. It can be overwhelming especially for first-time visitors. This list is just some of the top must-see attractions in New York. You can, of course, explore the rest of the city and enjoy everything that it has to offer by yourself or with your friends.