Relocating to NYC
September 22, 2022

Moving to New York city for the first time?

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What you need to know

The “Big apple” or the popularly known “Concrete jungle” is a city with great opportunities. If you didn't know what city that is….. It’s New York City! Moving here is not going to be easy if you aren’t used to big city life, but not to worry because if you are moving to New York for the first time, we will tell you a few things you need to know to be better prepared for your stay here.


The land of opportunity awaits, so let's dive in:

  • Busy
  • Expensive
  • Traffic
  • Too many people
  • Higher taxes
  • Easily accessible public transportation
  • Apartments are small
  • Probably the most terrible drivers in the country
  • Weather


New York is a busy city. There’s always traffic, lots of people, tourists, etc. Some people go there to explore while most work and live in the city. A tourist city will always be busier than others, so that’s one thing to keep in mind. Moving to New York will be challenging if you aren’t used to a busy city.


As it is a pretty touristy city, it is bound to be pricey. As the years have gone by, it has become more costly to live and visit compared to other cities in the USA. Yes, the cost of living may be too high, but you'll be fine if you have a great job with a good income.


New York City is both a small and big city with a high volume of people, and like we have said earlier, there are many tourists, so it is always busy.Brace yourself for the traffic, especially if you own a private car and plan to use it frequently to and from work.Traffic in the city is caused by a flood of people throughout the day. It typically gets worse in the summer when there are more tourists than in the colder months. So, the best time to move would be around fall before the snow starts because this way, you’ll be settled when winter hits while avoiding peak season.

Too many people

Traffic and how busy it all boils down to the number of people here. It can be a little overwhelming if you are not an extrovert, as New York has a very high social life. It will be easy to make friends, so you won’t have to worry about that.The best thing about the city is that there are people from different backgrounds and cultures, so you will meet and learn about those traditions. Numerous restaurants have food from all parts of the world.

Higher taxes

Taxes in the city are high because of the high-income tax and many other taxes compared to other states. These include:Income tax ranges from about 4-10%, depending on individual income.Sales tax there are exemptions to this too, and that includes food, prescription, non-prescription drugs, etc. Sales tax is currently 4% since 2005.Property tax isn’t tax for personal property like a phone. This is only for real estate. The New York government has some exemptions for this.The people exempt from it are veterans, senior citizens, and people with undocumented disabilities. The article states.The income tax varies based on individual income. The more you earn, the more you pay. There's also business tax if you are a business owner.

Easily accessible public transportation


VERY EFFICIENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMMany people use public transportation to go back and forth to work and home. The system is good and very convenient for most residents. It is easier as you’ll avoid traffic and get to your destination on time.Though the public transport system in the city is concise, you should note that it does get busy and full, especially the metro and buses. Numerous yellow cabs can get you to your destination promptly. They are a bit pricey compared to the latter, but very efficient.

Apartments are small

This may or may not be a little of a culture shock for most people, but the apartments in New York City are smaller compared to other cities. Have only what you need when moving to your apartment. A good idea would be to rent a storage unit and keep all seasonal clothes with you and the rest in the storage unit.Make the best of the small space by keeping it clean and as minimalistic as possible.

Probably the most terrible drivers in the country,

This statement is easy to understand why because you will experience this when you move here. There are several cars, taxis, buses, and trucks on the road that are all rushing to their destinations. Taxis have to be the worst as they drive through traffic quite rebelliously.


New York City has all four seasons. Fall and winter can be freezing. The winter in New York is probably one of the worst in the country. Make sure you have a lot of warm clothes, especially if you’re moving from the West coast.

Ready to move to NYC?

Capital City Movers is ready to make your move as stress-free as possible. We are a reputable moving company with years of experience moving in and around New York City. Contact us at (718) 619 4881 for a FREE QUOTE, and visit our website for more information on all our services.Remember that moving to a new city or town is never easy and takes confidence. Do research before moving to be better prepared once you reach your new home.Take care of your mental health and surround yourself with friends and family during and after the move because even though New York City is a great place, a very fast-paced city, with beautiful architecture and history.There are ways to help you settle if you're alone with no friends or family in the state, including getting out of the house and socializing, eating at a good brunch restaurant, etc. Welcome to NYC!


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