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November 26, 2012

Laura asks…

What is the safest and cheapest place to live in NYC?

I might be moving to New York City soon, and I have been looking at apartments. I have no clue which neighborhoods are nice and which aren’t. I have a pug and a car, so I need some place that allows pets and has some type of parking. I need to be near the fashion district…which I believe is in manhattan right?
I have been searching all over the internet, but I’m not really finding the information I need. I would prefer someones personal experience, but any help is appreciated!

Administrator answers:

I think Queens is much safer than Bronx, and is also pretty close to Manhattan. Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Richmond Hill are pretty nice places. Richmond Hill has plenty of parking space. Forest Hills Gardens is also a nice private area, but I don’t think you can find someplace cheap for rent over there. I think you should settle closer to 71/Continental avenue, Queens, because there are plenty of apartments there and the transportation is good, there’s an express bus to Manhattan and the subway can take you to Manhattan in about 40 minutes

John asks…

How much does a college grad planning to continue her masters in NYC save to move without a job?

I will be graduating from college with a bachelors degree in English. To continue my education and i decided to move to NYC to attend Baruch College in Manhattan. I have no jobs lined up, no housing, and no idea how the job market is right now. My question is, how much do i need to save up? Where is the cheapest BUT safest borough to live? How is the job market right now? Should i bring my car?

Administrator answers:

Do they not have assistantships for graduate students? Our graduate students all have assistantships that pay their tuition and a salary- they don’t need outside jobs.
A parking space for a car in New York can cost more than an apartment.

Betty asks…

When moving to NYC where is the best place to get you money worth on apt size?

Im looking to move to NYC in a yr or 2. I have a 4yr old who will not be with me for at least 6months upto a yr. Im interested in Harlem and Brooklyn. What neighborhoods are kid appropriate? I was told Park Slope is perfect for kids how true is this? Whats the average I will be paying for a rental on a 2 bedroom?

Administrator answers:

Hi. Park Slope is good for kids in that there are a lot of kids there and stuff to do with kids and good schools. But it’s also one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Two-bedroom apartments in Park Slope START between $2200-$2500/month.

There are plenty of other Brooklyn neighborhoods that are also great for kids but not as chi-chi as Park Slope, and are also a little further from the city, making them considerably less expensive. I would look at Ditmas Park, Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Crown Heights North. In those neighborhoods, you can find a two-bedroom starting around $1500 or $1600. Schools will be mixed; you’ll have to look into that.

Harlem is great, but it is no longer cheap. You will pay at least as much there as you would in Park Slope.

Donna asks…

How should I prepare for moving to New York City next year?

I am planning on moving to New York City at the end of next year which by then I will have my bachelors degree of Fashion Design. I have visited NYC for couple of times and loved it. I know the cost of living is very high there. How can I calculate the cost of living in NYC so I can prepare myself before I make the move. Thank you for you advice!

Administrator answers:

As a Native New Yorker here is some advice. First you should see how much apartments are renting for first. They range from 2k+ easily, I would research what area you would like to live in and figure out how much you can afford. Rents go up drastically so you should start looking around 3-4 months before your move. Subways are relatively cheap (75 per month), utilities $100-300 per month. There are alternative places to live outside NYC where you get a better bang for your buck.

Mark asks…

What steps should I take to become an actress?

I’m planning on moving to NYC once I graduate high school in a few months. I want to pursue a career in acting. What steps can I take to achieve this? Should I look for an agent? Take some classes? Any advice would be great! and if you know any good agencies in NYC please feel free to share. Thank you.

Administrator answers:

It’s probably much too early for you to be thinking about an agent. Legitimate agents make their money by taking a percentage of your earning from the jobs they help you find. So no good agent will take you on as a client unless they think you have major earning potential. If you’re fresh out of high school with no professional training and experience, you most likely aren’t somebody they’ll want as a client right now.

Do you understand how expensive it is to live in New York City? Even if you have a very tiny apartment, you might need one or more roommates to share expenses. You’ll need to have a job to support yourself while you look for acting work. You’ll probably be able to find waitress work, maybe life model work at art schools, and you might be able to sign up with some office temp agencies if you have the right skills, but having only a high school education might limit your options.

You will definitely need to take acting classes in the city, partly to develop your skills, partly to start building a network of contacts. (Acting classes aren’t cheap, so figure that into your budget.) You’ll want to pick up the newspaper “Back Stage” every week to check their audition notices. You won’t be able to go to union auditions, but you will be able to audition for some student films, showcases, and other non-union projects. Most of the work you find through those auditions will not pay anything, so you’ll be relying on your non-acting job for income. Your classes and your unpaid acting work will help you build up a resume that might eventually be good enough to get you an agent.

If you can sing, play an instrument, or do stand-up comedy, you might find open mikes around the city where you will have some chance of being seen by agents and casting directors. But between classes, non-union performances, and open mikes, it could take years for you to earn a union card, sign with and agent, and otherwise get your foot in the door.

You might want to consider applying to college and studying acting at that level, maybe even going on to a graduate theatre program for an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree, before you move to New York to try to make it in show business.

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