Well hello my friends! I know it's been a long two months since my last post. TBH I would like to post more often, but my laptop is running on fumes right now. Hope everyone survived this crazy Winter. It has definitely been a crazy one in NYC. We are getting our fourth Nor'easter in less then a month, oh yeah....and it's now Spring! Which brings me to my post for today.
The pros and cons of living in NYC. In order to not turn the post into a novel, I will do 3 pros and 3 cons. So like myself when I arrived four years ago, you have your expectations of what it is like to live in this fascinating city. You picture yourself hailing taxi cabs left and right in your designer pumps ala Carrie Bradshaw. A different party or event every night of the week. A gorgeous and spacious loft apartment like Rachel and Monica, with your cute neighborhood coffee shop. Well friend....not so much.
I'll start with the Cons.
1. Cost of living
All you need to do is go online and look for apartments in Manhattan. The price for a basic studio, with no elevator (the dreaded walk-up), no door man (get your packages at your own risk) and no laundry in your building is roughly $2300-$2500. Most people opt to live in the outer boroughs (Bronx, Queens, Staten Island or Brooklyn) where you can find a better deal and more space for your money. I could do a whole post on apartments in the city, but we'll leave that for another post. If you have questions I can definitely answer them on here, just leave them in the comment section below.
Now those taxis. They also don't come cheap. A ride from lower to upper Manhattan will run you roughly $40 with very little traffic, which lets face it...is rare. With said traffic, you are going to be late if you don't leave with plenty of time to your destination. Car services aren't much different, unless you're pooling with other riders. Your average Manhattanite does not own a car. Why? Again, traffic. With our limited space, you also have to park your car in a lot if your building doesn't offer parking (which most don't). That parking is going to run you about $500 a month (that's the median price...it could be more or less if you park far away...as in another borough far). Insurance prices will be extremely high because of the liability of driving your car in a city with 8 million other people. Tolls. Now anytime you want to jump to the other boroughs or go to Jersey....you will have to pay a toll. As you probably guessed it, they also don't come cheap $15 for most (that's each way) the cheapest being $8.50 for the Queens/Midtown tunnel. You doing the math my friend? So you bet I sold my car with a quickness when I moved here from sunny California. I now get no privacy on commutes, but plenty of free entertainment on the city subways. Oh yeah, you also need to eat. Like everything else, the cost of groceries is also higher then in other parts of the country. We have Trader Joe's here, which was my go-to for good quality inexpensive groceries back home. You have to go Super early and early in the week to not walk into empty shelves and lines out the door though. Nothing like a Sunday evening there to turn you homicidal. With groceries, what you can carry is what you are taking home. Most of us walk or take the train or bus to and from our grocery stores, it's those times I miss the trunk of my car. Restaurants. With so many crazy options you can find good deals (I'm looking at you $5 meals in Chinatown and dollar pizza slices), but most of the time you will spend about $50 for a normal meal with an adult beverage, an appetizer and entree. So, you're basically making frequent trips to the grocery store.