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Initial post: Oct 19, 2008 6:43:06 PM PDT
So i'm probably moving to new york city, i have a great job lined up but i need everything else! What books or sites or people should i look for advice to help me not get completely ripped off. BTW i'm 24 and more than likely going by myself, so i probably need to find roomies. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2008 11:28:56 AM PDT
Maybe try " New York Complete Residents' Guide" by Explorer Publishing... I moved there temporarily from London, and am moving back in the next six months, and I found the book really helpful in so many ways (I'm 25). It's great for going through how to set yourself up etc and also talks about different neighbourhoods, their good and bad points, so if you don't know NYC very well it will give you a better idea of where you might want to be and price guides. For finding roomies the best I can suggest is Craigslist, or if you have friends in NYC already, ask them to ask around for you. Good luck- I'm so envious!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2008 4:51:11 PM PDT
David Rolfe says:
Just remember to keep one hand on your wallet and one hand on your fly.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2008 8:29:05 AM PDT
J. Bilow says:
If you don't mind roommates look in the apartment shares section on Craigslist. A one bedroom apartment in a non doorman building will be at least $2200 a month and you'll have to pay a broker 12-15% of a years rent (plus first months and security) just to move in. There really aren't any good books or sites out there, you just have to come and learn. Get a subway/bus map and caryy it everywhere for awhile, cabs will bleed you dry so you'll want to take public transportation. You'll probably want to live in the West/East Village, East Village is a little cheaper but not as trendy, I've lived in this area for four years and love it. If you move here make sure you're close to a subway stop, transportation is iffy in some areas. If you have any questions let me know.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 4:54:58 PM PST
I have always thought that one of the best, most useful resources in manhattan is a subway map. In the center of the big room of Grand Central Station, there is an information kiosk, that gives them out for free. The map not only has all the subway stations, and most of the roads, it gives you a layout of the city in a cheap (free) foldable thing you can keep in your back pocket at all's a must have reference even while out walking around the city...especially when out walking the city...short cuts and all that are more visible. Green Bo Restaurant in Chinatown..look it up for dumpling and noodles..don't forget Katz's Deli for Pastrami sandwiches...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008 7:14:47 PM PST
A cool insider's guide is a little back travel book called NFT ( not for tourists guide) NYC. Very hip and cool and keeps you away from the usual tourist traps!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2008 6:25:23 AM PST
Wittgen says:
For information on neighborhoods and renting a place craigslist combined with your new co-workers and people you meet will be your best resource. For advice, most people will have some, but using your intuition is key here, as well as taking things with a grain of salt - as some of these posts show, everyone's advice is only based on what they themselves know, and is influenced by how tough they like to picture their city. I don't have a book for the practical side of things, but to help you fall in love with the city, even after a crappy day of viewing depressingly expensive shoebox apartments, the WPA Guide to New York City is your book. Actually written as Public Works project during the Depression by some of the best writers of the time, it reads like it was written today. It will introduce to you new foreign foods like 'pizza' and really put things in perspective. Good luck and have fun!

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 7:18:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2012 10:02:38 AM PDT
Bill Mobley says:
I don't know if you're from the south or not, but never start a conversation with a New Yorker (or most other northerners) by complaining about something. In the south sometimes we will do that in a friendly sort of gesture to start a conversation, expecting the other person to either agree or make a similar complaint to show that they sympathize. This is not true in New York.
You're in a check out line, and the cashier is taking his or her own sweet time, so you attempt a conversation with the person in front of you.
You: Boy the people are really slow around here.
New Yorker: (Pause) What? There are more people here than you, you know."
And that will be the end of the conversation.
Later on that same person may tell the incident to a friend, adding: "I guess he won't say anything else to me again."

I had a friend who was at the airport, (in NYC). The airport employees had misplaced his bag, and could not find it. He inquired about the bag to an employee. The employee response: "Oh you really think I'm concerned about where your bag is?"
Now his bag was lost, not by him, but by the airport, and this is the response he got.
This is not a criticism against all New Yorkers, but don't be surprised at their bluntness.
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