Moving To New York

Written by Serena Berger
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Moving in New York can be quite a difficult task, particularly if you are moving out of or into Manhattan, because of the severe traffic congestion that seems always to exist. If you have lived in the city and own a car, it may be something to which you have become accustomed and therefore know what to expect. However, if you rely on the subways as your main method of transportation, you should be warned that driving in the city requires an unearthly of degree of patience. Managing a moving truck increases the problems exponentially.

That said, moving in New York is probably best done with professional movers. Not only will they be able to lift all of your furniture with ease, but they also know the fastest route to wherever your new home is. They can also give you a realistic timeframe for how long your move will take to complete.

Trying to Move on Your Own

You can try to save money by moving on your own, but you should be cautioned that diminished sanity and great exhaustion, coupled with frustration, is the likely result. Aside from the tiresome traffic, you may also have to navigate narrow stairwells and corridors to move larger furniture out of your old building. Likewise, if you are moving into the New York, you don't want your neighbors to remember you as "that guy who blocked the hall for two hours."

If you are moving into New York, you should be prepared for a hastened pace of life. Be sure to visit before you move in, as this will help you acclimate to "the City that Never Sleeps." While one argument against the city might be that things move too fast, the other way to look at it is that you're able to do and see more. Don't view the chaos of moving as a microcosm of the experience of living in New York--just realize that moving there won't be easy and professional help will get you through it better than you could manage on your own.

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