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Do you want to wake up in the city that never sleeps? Are you putting on your vagabond shoes to stray through the heart of it? It’s the king of the hill, top of the heap – it’s New York. The Big Apple. It’s the place of songs, legends, and heroes. Frank Sinatra crooned about it, celebrities brag about living in it, natives complain about it, and movies, novels, and TV shows are based on it. It’s iconic buildings such as the Empire State Building, it’s Broadway, and it is the most famous park in the world … Central Park. Of course you want to be a part of it!
But wait … before you “make a brand new start of it” in New York, there are a few things you should know about living in this powerhouse city. The neighborhoods are legendary, but which one is right for you? You may want an apartment in New York, but what’s it like to really live there? Here’s everything you need to know about your big move to the Big Apple!
Things to Do in New York
It’s the city that never sleeps … meaning there are so many things to see and do, this city is open around the clock! Restaurants, clubs, theater productions, music events, shops, museums – name it, and not only will you find it in New York, but you’ll find the best of it in New York!
First, as soon as you arrive to New York, play tourist. You have a limited window to do this – once you’ve settled into your New York apartment, you’ll be expected to behave like a New Yorker – and that means not standing on the street corner, craning your neck and gawking at the Flatiron building. So go ahead – climb to the top of the Empire State Building, visit the Statue of Liberty, walk through Grand Central Station, see a game at Yankee Stadium, stand in the middle of Times Square, visit Ellis Island, and spend a day (or two, or three) strolling through Central Park and the Central Park Zoo. You may even want to just walk the city streets and discover the terrific little corner markets, bakeries, and delis that are sure to become fast favorites.
Now, onto the museums …this could take some time, but New York’s museums are well worth it! The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) is the largest museum in the country – and one of the top 10 largest in the world! The Met covers a whopping 2,000,000 square feet, so be sure to wear your walking shoes! It is located along the east side of Central Park is what is known as “Museum Mile.” The Met is home to more than 2 million works of art and it opened in 1872. The current building was built in 1874 and is a National Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Onto the Guggenheim! You can’t miss this unique building’s cylindrical exterior – this art museum began in 1937. Its current building was built in 1959 by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is located in the Upper East Side along Fifth Avenue. The museum houses Solomon R. Guggenheim’s original collection, along with a variety of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary art. This museum is a NYC Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Time to tackle MoMA! The Museum of Modern Art is considered one of the world’s most influential museums of modern art. This museum was established in 1929 and was the brainchild of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. She enlisted the help of two friends, Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan, to get the museum started. Today, the museum houses over 150,000 works of art, 22,000 films, four million film stills, and more. The museum houses such important works as Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, Henri Matisse’s The Dance, Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
Don’t unlace your walking shoes just yet – it’s time to visit the American Museum of Natural History! The AMNH is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. It is located on 79th Street across from Central Park. This museum houses 32 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, humans and cultural artifacts, rocks, minerals, and meteorites. The museum is located on 1,600,000 square feet and hosts roughly 5 million visitors every year. The museum was established in 1869 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
While touring museums, there are a few others you might want to add to your list: the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the Frick Collection, the New York Transit Museum, the Morgan Library and Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, Queens Museum, the New York Hall of Science, and the Museum of the Moving Image.
Next up: theaters! Seeing a show on Broadway is an experience you’ll never forget – so take in a show as often as you can! The theaters are legendary: The Gershwin, the Majestic, the Ambassador, the Minskoff … While you’re at it, be sure to take in a show at the Metropolitan Opera House, the historic Apollo Theater, and the historic Radio City Music Hall.
So now you’ve played tourist, walked through museums, saw some shows … perhaps you’re hungry! What are you in the mood for? French, Italian, Irish, Indian, Brazilian, Australian, Asian Fusion, African, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Malaysian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Columbian, Cuban, Chinese, Cajun, Belgian, Southwestern, Thai, Turkish, New American, Vegan …? The list of choices in New York is endless. New York even has “secret” restaurants – there’s no sign, no phone number, and no website. The only way you’ll know about them is by word of mouth – or by sheer luck while out exploring. Just try to find Hudson Clearwater – here’s a hint: it is somewhere in the West Village. Look for a green door.
Living in New York, you’ll discover the local favorite hotspots, the hottest bars, and the trendiest nightclubs. You’ll also find your favorite hidden boutiques, hip shops, and favorite food carts and trucks. Love sports? New York is the ultimate place for sports fans. It is the headquarters for the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer. It is home to the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the New York Knicks, the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
It may take some time – there’s so much to discover in New York– but whatever you’re looking for, it’s out there.
What to Consider When Moving to New York:
New York gives new meaning to pedestrian-friendly. From people in business suits and tennis shoes rushing to work to groups of tourists with cameras, the sidewalks of New York are always crowded with throngs of people rushing to get somewhere. Add in its famous subway system, bus system, iconic yellow taxis, and ferry boats and many New Yorkers don’t even own a car. After choosing a New York apartment, you may even decide to get rid of your car – finding a place to park it can be a real challenge.
New York was first settled by Dutch colonists in 1624. They named it New Amsterdam in 1626, but the colony didn’t last – the English seized control in 1664. After that, it didn’t take very long for New York to become one of the largest cities in the nation – it has been since 1790. This city is the definition of a melting pot – there are roughly 800 different languages spoken here.
New York City is divided up into five boroughs: Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Manhattan is divided up into Uptown, Downtown, Midtown, and the West Side. Uptown is home to East Harlem, the Upper West Side, Lincoln Square, West Harlem, Harlem, Central Harlem, and Hudson Heights (just to name a few).
If you want to live in Midtown, check out the Diamond District, Koreatown, the Garment District, Hell’s Kitchen, and Rockefeller Center. Between Midtown and Downtown, you’ll find (among others) NoMad, Gramercy Park, the Meatpacking District, Hudson Yards, Chelsea, and the Flatiron District.
And if you want to live Downtown, check out historic Little Germany, the East Village, Greenwich Village, NoHo, the Lower East Side, SoHo, historic Five Points, Tribeca, Nolita, Chinatown, Little Italy, Battery Park City, and the historic South Street Seaport.
Why New York Apartments Are Hot:
It’s New York! It’s the Center of the Universe, the City That Never Sleeps, the Big Apple, the City So Nice They Named It Twice. New York apartments have been and always will be hot – this city has the strongest economy in the nation and one of the strongest in the world. It is the center of finance, fashion, and industry. It is home to top-ranking universities including New York University (NYU), Columbia University, and Rockefeller University – all of which are among the top 35 universities in the world. The city has one of the most extensive metro systems in the world, with 468 stations providing continuous service. And if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere! It’s up to you – go find your apartment in New York!
- LONG ISLAND CITY
- UNION CITY
- JERSEY CITY
- West New York
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute
- New York University
- Art Institute of New York City
- Metropolitan College of New York
- New York Academy of Art
Nearby Military Bases
- Brooklyn Support Activity
- Governors Island Support Center
- Naval Station NY Stapleton Site
- Fort Hamilton
- US Government Reservation
Why New York?
- Nicknamed the “Center of the Universe,” New York is a place of inspiration for fashion, art, literature, and music
- Prestigious colleges and universities like New York University, Columbia University, and The Julliard School
- There are five distinct boroughs, each with their own appeal: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island
- Professional sports teams like the MBL Yankees, the MBL Mets, the NFL Giants, and the NFL Jets
- Attractions include the Bronx Zoo, Washington Square Park, and Coney Island
- For entertainment, there’s the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera, or catch a free concert in Central Park