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Your Questions About Luxury Apartments In New York

June 18, 2012

Donna asks…

Would you rather live in a Beverly Hills Mansion or a New York City Luxury Apartment?

Administrator answers:

New York City luxury apartment

Joseph asks…

About moving to New York?? Help?

I really want to live in New York when I grow up because I have so much energy and I love big city life and I love it when you have little time and the fast paced lifestyle of New Yorkers. Not to mention my love for art & fashion. I live in New Zealand and I want to finish highschool here and maybe study in Aussie or Auckland uni (like your college) but I don’t know of my chances of getting anything there? Like I know you need money for New York, and I realize the reality of New York without money can be hard. I’m not thinking of moving there into like the super luxury apartment and start getting like hundreds of thousands a year, because I know that would take a lot of luck and time and a degree and a career. But I don’t know like how possible it is for a New Zealander to move to America generally because I don’t fit any of the criteria to get a green card. So help?? Any chance that I could move there???
p.s. I am now thinking of maybe finishing a uni here or in Canada and going to New York and as a domestic student go to a better uni as a postgrad?? I don’t know if it works like that though..
Help please :) And don’t judge I’m only 15 so I probably don’t know half the system so yeah :)

Administrator answers:

I can make this pretty easy on you – you can’t move here unless you qualify and as a foreigner you can’t qualify without an employer offering you a job. Of course there are other ways (marriage, Green Card Lottery etc….) but if you can’t qualify for a visa then you can’t move to NY. Here’s the link that describes how you can come here:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

With that said, you are young, have your entire future ahead of you so get so get a good education and see what the future holds. To say you can’t come here without money is an understatement since we would never allow it. If you were to marry an American then your spouse would be required to provide documentation attesting to his/her ability to financially support you. There is no way the US Government can take a chance on your becoming financially dependent on the state.

Since you are a native English speaker than try to get on with an Au Pair company and come over as an Au Pair. I have a couple friends from South Africa that are caring for the children of very wealthy families in New York City and live in a huge house, receive a great salary and have weekends off to enjoy New York and learn the American culture up close and personal.

Jenny asks…

How high is the rent in New York City?

I’d really like to move there but everyone tells me the rent is sky high. How much would a 1-bedroom apartment be per month? Something in between – not luxury but not ghetto. Any feedback appreciated!

Administrator answers:

You could get more for your money in Brooklyn, Queens or New Jersey and are really just a mile away, or one train stop from the action. Look up apartments in Hoboken, NJ, (one 10 minute train ride under the river to West Village.) Or the first stop east of east river on the L train in Brooklyn or Queeens. Or Williamsburg or Greenpoint Brooklyn.
Or Long Island City, Brooklyn Heights (expensive as Manhattan), and Astoria Queens. Sunnyside Queens is nice.and even Jersey City has great views of Manhattan and is an easy train commute from downtown.
Good luck.
If you have to share at first, remember downtown apartments that are affordable are shoeboxes. So look in the upper West side or some of the places I said above.
Most ads in the paper are already rented or leader ads, so they say that one is gone but they have some others to show you. If you can afford the fee, like 2 months’ rent, real estate offices can find you a place.
Ps, if you get a great landlord/lady, and your apt.is “rent-stabilized”, when the lease is up don’t push for a new lease and they might leave the rent the same. I pushed and they raised it the legal amount, and if I had kept my mouth shut they would have left my rent the same. I had a rare landlady!

Nancy asks…

Where can i get a cheap apartment in New York, NY?

Im looking for a 1 bedroom apartment that doesn’t cost a fortune (probably the $1,000 to 1,300 range). I will possibly have an internship opportunity available there, but its unpaid. I don’t need luxury, I just need a decent and safe place. I have also checked the minimum wage and it seems to be $7.25 and that the same amount im being paid here in Richmond KY, and doing the math would require me to work full time and only gets me to an income of $1,160. Please let there be a miracle or something. DX

Administrator answers:

Sorry, but there are no miracles in the real world. You can’t afford to pay rent in that range and even if you convince yourself that you can, no landlord would touch you. Minimum wage goes a lot further in Kentucky than NYC. You’ll need to get a roommate or put down the pipe. There’s no way around it.

Lisa asks…

New York City Lifestyle?

Hey! I would ADORE to live in New York City. Somewhere like Manhattan. Examples are;

-The Devil Wears Prada
-Sex and the City
- Gossip Girl
- 13 Going on 30

And other shows and movies like that. I am planning to go to NYU with a major in acting and journalism or literature, and I want to live with one of my best friends, Sarah, and my god sister, Ayasha. That would mean a 3 bedroom apartment, something very luxury, like this;

http://www.northsidepiers.com/index.shtml

What I am asking is,
-What neighborhoods should I look at (Manhattan, or a lot like Manhattan)
- What type of job would pay the bills if split between 3 people, and still have some extra for the necessities and the Entertainment
- Would the careers that I am pursing, (Acting, Journalism, (like at a popular magazine) Modeling, etc.)

And examples. I don’t want to spend a milliondollarss,presumingg that they have well-paying jobs, nothing more than 1,000 per person. Also, ANYTHING is possible.

Thanks!

btw: I ADORE the modern, luxury, chic look. Lots of black and white combos, but still bright!

Rude comments WILL BE REPORTED!

Administrator answers:

Good luck. The average rental for a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan is close to $5,000 a month. If you want to go out to Queens, which is nothing like Manhattan, the average apartment rent for a 3 bedroom unit in January was $7368, and it sure isn’t going to be even close to luxurious. Getting a place like the Piers is out of the question. Basically people who live in Manhattan are rich.
I suggest you rethink your plan.

Betty asks…

Would you live in a luxury apartment without curtains?

I was watching American Psycho, I think it was set in New York. Lol I noticed Christian Bale did not have curtains. If you were like famous, would people be able to get photos of you, if you lived on like the highest floor and didn’t have curtains?

(Just wondering)

Administrator answers:

I would still get curtains

Mandy asks…

Should I move from Indiana to New York at 17 years old? easy 10 points for best!?

I’m currently a sophomore in highschool, 15 years old and living with my parents (obviously); we live in Indiana.
Im a year younger than the people in my class so I’ll be 17 when I graduate.
What I’d like to do is take a year off between highschool and enrolling in college to start myself off. When fall begins of what would be my freshman year at college, I plan on finding a job where I will work full-time, probaby WalMart or something, and depositting everything I make into a savings account for the first 7-8 months of the year.
(I’ll still be living with my parents during this time)
For the last 4-5 months of the year, I want to move to New York, enroll into the Albany school of Pharmacy(i have a scholarship), and live on my own in an apartment, perhaps with a roommate.
And this isnt like “teen angst” or anything like that, i’ve always been really mature for my age and i’ve been looking forward to starting my adult life for quite sometime.
All of my brothers always said theyd get out of this place and actually do something, and nobody did. I know i have the ability to actually DO it.
So, do you think this is a good idea?
I.E do you think i’d have enough money saved up in 7-8 months and its a good idea that i could drive/fly/ to New York, get moved into a semi-decent apartment with some cheap furniture/fridge and all that stuff id have to buy, and just sustan myself?
I was never about Hollister and Bath and Body Works designer or whatever, I can make my money stretch and plan on doing so. I know it will be hard for a while and i dont plan on living with many luxuries.
Clothes from wal-mart and goodwill every once in a while, generic brand food, things like that set fine with me.
Basically, do you think I will be in good conditions to start my own life?
And, if you have any estimate on about how much it would cost to get by.
Also, if you have any other words of wisdom, please share!

Thankyou for the tips ! :)
Danielle
Btw, i put this under parenting because i thought i’d get the best advice

Administrator answers:

Rent is expensive. Keep that in mind, even in shitty places in New York. As for living without luxuries, that will be required for quite some time since you’ll be a student. You’re going to need a roommate, and likely a side job. All of your money will be going towards expenses while you’re in school, so although it like you are, just an extra warning; be prepared. Sounds like you’re quite the planner though. Good luck!

*EDIT: You might have a problem getting an apartment now that I think about it due to your age? But go ahead and check :)

Carol asks…

Should I move from Indiana to New York alone at 17-years old? Easy 10 points for best!?

I’m currently a sophomore in highschool, 15 years old and living with my parents (obviously); we live in Indiana.
Im a year younger than the people in my class so I’ll be 17 when I graduate.
What I’d like to do is take a year off between highschool and enrolling in college to start myself off. When fall begins of what would be my freshman year at college, I plan on finding a job where I will work full-time, probaby WalMart or something, and depositting everything I make into a savings account for the first 7-8 months of the year.
(I’ll still be living with my parents during this time)
For the last 4-5 months of the year, I want to move to New York, enroll into the Albany school of Pharmacy(i have a scholarship), and live on my own in an apartment, perhaps with a roommate.
And this isnt like “teen angst” or anything like that, i’ve always been really mature for my age and i’ve been looking forward to starting my adult life for quite sometime.
All of my brothers always said theyd get out of this place and actually do something, and nobody did. I know i have the ability to actually DO it.
So, do you think this is a good idea?
I.E do you think i’d have enough money saved up in 7-8 months and its a good idea that i could drive/fly/ to New York, get moved into a semi-decent apartment with some cheap furniture/fridge and all that stuff id have to buy, and just sustan myself?
I was never about Hollister and Bath and Body Works designer or whatever, I can make my money stretch and plan on doing so. I know it will be hard for a while and i dont plan on living with many luxuries.
Clothes from wal-mart and goodwill every once in a while, generic brand food, things like that set fine with me.
Basically, do you think I will be in good conditions to start my own life?
And, if you have any estimate on about how much it would cost to get by.
Also, if you have any other words of wisdom, please share!
Oh and p.s, i put it under Parenting instead of Travel because i thought id get the best advice :p
Thankyou for the tips ! :)
Danielle
I also have a place in a college in Arizona incase you think that would be a better bet

Administrator answers:

Get accepted into the college of your choice in New York, and then move. You’ll need student housing as you won’t be able to legally rent your own place until you’re 18. I say go for it. I left my home state when I was 17 and never looked back, never regretted it for an instant.

Sharon asks…

What is it like in New York City?

So I’m from a sorta small town in South Carolina(we have way more than 2 stop lights)…..there’s nothing here! No movies…no mall…no anything…..and the people here are so small-minded and this place is such a deadend…..I just don’t belong here and I’ve always dreamed of moving someplace wonderful….someplace full off opportunity, diversity and culture….someplace not here:/

But yeah…I would love for you to share any and everything you think I should know about NYC……I wouldn’t know how to take a bus to work! That’s how ignorant I am to the place, ha……..what are the ppl like? Is it easy to make friends? Easy to find a job? Would I be able to find an affordable apartment that’s not littered by crime….just somewhere nice…small, but not TOO small and such….I don’t expect luxury living but not a hole-in-the-wall!

And if any of you are interested in helping me make this REALLY BIG move/transformation…feel free to email me at fcs2008@live.com

Much love…..<3
I'm 20 years old*

How much is the cost of living in New York?
If no apartment, how about a small house? I’m thinking of trying Craigslist for a place to stay…so I can move in with a few roomates…would I be able to find somewhere nice for no more than 400 a month? And that’s with about 2 other roomates…
Or would you recommend a city close by?
I don’t have a college degree…I went to college, but college was not my cup of tea….I’m thinking of taking a few Business classes to finish my Associate’s Degree, but that’s about it….I’m smart and all……but I’m more laid back and I do NOT want to work for someone else in some huge building…sipping on coffee to keep me awake…..I would LOVE to start my own business! Something from home, at first and eventually allow it to grow(maybe homemade, organic chocolates wrapped in fancy boxes and labels with a unique approach to it…or a pastry business)……I’m very creative and I make a pretty good salesperson….from the knowledge you have about your city and it’s ppl, do you think I could do this? :)
And I really want to thank all of your for your input…..it means a lot that you gave me the time of day! Please don’t hesitate to email me for further chat:) fcs2008@live.com

Administrator answers:

Ready for a dose of reality? Here are some things to checkout:

Want to see apartments and rent? Start with Natefind.com (then plug in the street where you might want to live for example East 40th which is Murray Hill, a very nice area): http://www.natefind.com/?rentals

What to see the cost of food? Check out the online flyers from local food stores such as Food Emporium: http://www.thefoodemporium.com/ or D’agostinos: http://www.dagnyc.com/

Now you’ll need a metrocard for the buses and subways:

http://www.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm

And that’s just to start… Before you make such a major move, come to NYC for a visit. Yes, it’s expensive to visit here, but, it will be a far less costly mistake than moving here without visiting first!

Now what makes NYC such a great place to live?

1. You are surrounded by people from every corner of the planet. Nearly every race, religion, ethnic background and sexual orientation is represented in NYC.

2. There is world class museums, theater, and, restaurants. And, the “good” restaurants here aren’t chains such as “Red Lobster” – think Bobby Flay and Mario Batali (they both have restaurants in NYC)

3. Outstanding shopping opportunities. Everything from true high end designers such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior to major department stores such as Macy’s (which is a full city block not to mention 9 stories of shopping opportunities.)

Getting your questions:

1. It’s tough to make friends but not impossible. Don’t expect people to come up to you and just start talking and being friendly – around here that’s considered suspicious. You’ll be able to make friends at your job, at your gym, and, in your building. Further, you should consider taking some classes even if it’s recreational classes like cooking or dancing – it’s a sure way to meet other people with a common interest and make friends.

2. Jobs. It’s tough here just like anywhere else. The good news is that this slump won’t last forever. One word of caution and advice – you’ll need a college degree just to get your foot in the door at most companies. A college degree in NYC is like a high school diploma most other places in the United States – it is basically a must.

3. I gave you the reality of the cost of living here at the beginning.

Again, I stress that you come and visit. See if NYC feels right to you. And, don’t believe anyone who has never been here or just visited for a week or so. They have no idea what the true daily life in NYC is like and you should toss their opinions aside.

Good luck!

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