The City of Lights, the City That Never Sleeps, the Big Apple – New York City is known by many names and draws millions of tourists to its streets, restaurants, theatres, museums and art galleries year-round. It’s also home to millions more (over 8.6 million to be exact) and remains a beacon to thousands who move to the city annually.
Why might you want to consider NYC for your next big move?
Here’s a list that one proud native put together to help make the case. (And if you do decide to head our way, rest assured that FlatRate is one of the most trusted moving companies in the country, and have been happily moving people to this great state for well over 20 years!)
- World-Class Eateries – Did you know there were 72 Michelin Star-winning restaurants in New York City in 2018 alone? From world-renowned restaurateurs and chefs including Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Danny Meyer, among many others, that’s enough to add one to your weekly night-out list, and then some.
- New York Pizza – Nationally known, delicious New York pizza can be had for as little as $1 a slice on most blocks or kiosks. You’ll quickly find your go-to spot within a week of living here and we’ll bet you’ll become a frequent customer just as quickly.
- Broadway! – Broadway continues to be a draw, offering something for everyone on any given day or night, from musicals to plays for adults and kids alike. Be sure to check out some incredible Off-Broadway offerings as well, where soon-to-be famous actors and actresses hone their craft. A little insider tip — if you have some time, head to the TKTS booth in Times Square and wait in line for discounts on the latest shows.
- The Art Scene – There are thousands of art galleries open to the public around the city, with art compiled from every era and genre, and many accessible at little or no cost. Also keep your eyes open as you make your way around the city — the street art is strong here.
- Museums Galore – From art to dinosaur bones to architecture and beyond, the museums of New York City house some of the most impressive collections in the world. While the American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim are some of the most famous among museums in the city, living here will give you the opportunity to check out some of the lesser known gems as well, like the Tenement Museum and the Museum of the American Gangster.
- Music – From the offerings of the NYC Philharmonic and the NY Opera, to the next tour stop of your favorite current band, you will not be disappointed in the musical stylings available in New York City. From the largest acts playing at Madison Square Garden, to the many smaller theatres that draw cult-favorite bands and musicians, you could easily see a new act most nights of the year.
- Get Your Laugh On – The comedy clubs in NYC are famous for being the jumping off point of some of your favorite comedians to date. Head to Carolines to see some hilarious stand-up, or even sign yourself up for a class at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
- No More Car Payments – One big, money-saving bonus is that you won’t need your vehicle if you move here. Between trains, subways, buses, cabs, Lyft and Uber, bikes and your own legs, the public and private transportation options here cost a fraction of an average car lease and insurance payment.
- Beautiful Parks – Central Park is one of the most famous city parks in the world, and it’s just one of many in New York City, along with public gardens like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden that are well worth a visit, in every season of the year. Add in must-see sites like the Bronx Zoo in this category and you’ll likely find a new outdoor venue to visit every weekend.
- Coney Island – Jonesing for a corn dog and a ride on a ferris wheel? Luna Park Coney Island has you covered! And since you’ll be living in the city, you’ll be able to take advantage of all their seasonal attractions, like the family-favorite Spooktacular Halloween Harvest.
- Get Your (Unique) Workout On – There are a plethora of indoor gym options throughout the city for runners, weight lifters, and the like; but you’ll also find a wide variety of up-and-coming exercise classes you may want to try out for yourself, like aerial yoga, trampLEAN, or a one-time fitness class offered in Central Park.
- All the Sports! – Baseball or basketball fan? Hockey fanatic? New York is home to some of the best sports teams in the country. Head to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field in the spring and summer to catch a NY Yankees or Mets game. Don’t miss the NY Knicks or the NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden over the winter. Since you’ll be a NYC-dweller, you can take advantage of cheaper ticket prices by choosing a mid-week game that out-of-towners are less likely to come into the city for — score!
- Walk Through History – Simply walking outside your apartment door will land you in a world of living history. The buildings you walk past (Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building…) all have a story, and your own will start to weave into the fabric of the city as well. Even the bridges are worth looking into. When you walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, take out your phone and read up on how it came to be to appreciate it even more.
- The High Line – New York is a great walking city, and one of the iconic walking spots happens to be the High Line, which is now a public park built over a historic freight rail line that goes over Manhattan’s West Side. If your job happens to be along this route, take advantage of a beautiful view and walk the High Line to and from work each day. If you’re living further away, the High Line is a great place to come on the weekends, with lots of delicious restaurants for brunch along the rail.
- Top Job Prospects – NYC boasts career opportunities within a wide variety of industries across every sector. From financial services to health care, education to manufacturing, retail trade and beyond, there are career opportunities for everyone here.
- See New Movies First – Cinephile? Just about every new movie premieres in New York City prior to its nationwide release, and many may only be shown here and nowhere else. What’s more, the city is home to some cool theater options you’ll definitely want to check out, like the Nitehawk Cinema with a bar in the lobby, or the QUAD, which shows a selection of vintage flicks each weekend.
- A Neighborhood for Everyone – Whether you are more into Hell’s Kitchen, where many of Broadway’s actors tend to live, or a slightly more bohemian feel in Brooklyn, different parts of New York offer a look and feel for every personality. Living in the city will afford you the time to spend checking out each of these niches to figure out which speaks most to you.
- Melting Pot of Diversity – You can’t walk down a block in New York City without hearing a variety of accents and languages floating in the air. You’ll benefit from the different cultures in the many cuisines offered on each street corner, the art in museums and buildings you see daily, and the different types of music being played in parks throughout the city. Just walking to your local bodega can feel like a trip around the world sometimes.
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