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What was your experience moving to NY like? Bonus points for stories in late 20s.

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NY is never a mistake. Do it alone or do it with someone- if you’re doing it right you’ll feel like you’ve lived there your entire life within 1-2 years. But give yourself that time. Let the energy of the city push you to be where you want to be and who you want to be. Ditch baggage. Be kind to others and fall in love with as many things and people as possible. And avoid Times Square unless it’s to see a phenomenal show.

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Dresses with full fringe were all the rage. It was impossible to find a place to get a drink

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Lived in a six floor walk up with a shower in the kitchen and 3 other roommates. No AC in the summer (for the first two years). No money either. But we had enough to live on. Great parties. Good times. But I don’t miss that apt at all.

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I moved to New York from the north when I was 27. The opportunity that brought me here afforded me the ability to live in my own apartment on the LES by myself—a first in all my life and the best years ever. The 2008 recession knocked me to unemployment status quick, which was humbling. Lots of wine and HBO to get me through the month or so without a gig, but my network helped me find the next thing. I’ve been here for 12 years now, met my husband (on okcupid!) and can’t really imagine living anywhere else. Those first years here I often look back on fondly. So many good nights out, exploring new restaurants and just absorbing life around me. Thanks for asking the question. Makes me go back down memory lane. ❤️

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I love it, but if you don't have a job it gets ugly fast. I started networking hard five months before I moved here. When I got here I had plenty of names to email. And yet, my first gig was a freelance job purely by chance through a fellow graduate. After that my networking started to kick in. Had a nother freelance gig and kept networking all the time. Landed my full time after about 5 months after the move. New York is the best city in the world to me. So for now, I couldn't be happier.

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Expect to move around the city a bit. I first lived in forest hills. Then realized the 45 min commute was too tiring. Then moved to midtown east. Apt got bought and they jacked up the rent by $500. Then moved to wall st. Walked to work but I lived in a closet. Then moved to Williamsburg. It was great but felt a bit unsafe. (This was in 2008). Nyc is a great community for advertising but the whole city is in a bubble. Late 20s is the best time to go. Party hard. Work hard

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Best decision I never knew I wanted to make. Can’t imagine myself anywhere else now. I’m late 20’s and it opens your eyes to so many opportunities and experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. Tons of growth. Do it!

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I moved here at 29 and dumped two thirds of my belongings to go from a beautiful loft into a leaky room across from a cemetery. Ten years later I have much nicer things, an amazing group of friends and the family i always dreamed of. Pretty grateful for the work experiences too.

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Thank you senior producer 1

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I moved about 3/4 months ago. Early 30s, moved on my own. I knew a few people through other friends who lived here. Moved from London. So for me, not that different in day to day life because London and New York are similar! Agree with SP1 - it’s never a mistake! Don’t put pressure on yourself to make it drastically different to your current life, or that you have to do everything the first week you get there and if after the first week you don’t have 20 new friends, don’t be bummed out. Take the time to settle in your own routine and what you like. I have been here 3/4 months and I feel like i’ve lived here forever because i’ve treated it like i’m moving here and it’s my new home!

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I moved from Michigan right after school and it was the best decision ever. The amount of opportunities are endless. While rent is really high you find a way to make it work. Commute times if you live in manhattan are short, like 10-20 mins by subway. Can’t beat it!

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Boyfriend and I moved from the Midwest to NYC when I was in late 20s and he was early 30s. We were established enough in careers and had job offers before we moved (we miraculously both found jobs within a few weeks of each other) so we were able to afford a place in a neighborhood we liked and the move itself wasn’t too bad. Had to get rid of 80% of our belongings and still struggle a little with comparing our space here to what we had before and how much we spend. But we’re honestly glad every day we did it and never look back. My advice is to know your risk allowance and if it’s low def get a job offer before you move.

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I moved to NYC just out of school with zero savings. A lot of student debt right out of school. I lived in a Flatbush and then in Bushwick. The strangest apartment was a 4 bedroom duplex with a landlord that arrived daily for some random reason. It’s hard to live there if you make less than 90k. But I don’t regret it. I just won’t live there again until I make enough to not hate my life.

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Do you mean in terms of getting a job, friends, living situation, or...?

Late 20s is when people start the exodus out of the city

My book is improving greatly but i basically never see the city. Because I’m at work

I settled into the Lower East Side at age 26 (‘98). Was making $70k. Despite making more than 7x that later in my career, I’ve never been happier. I had more access to music, art, culture, house parties, and Bereket than I’ll ever have again (unless I retire in Tokyo, or something, which is wildly unlikely). I’m jealous.

Came to U.S. in '98 and first thing was to drive to NYC to see it with my own eyes. From the moment I set foot in it I knew this is the place for me and it was everything I thought it was and everything I imagined it would be and more. Took a minute to make it here, but finally moved in 2009 at 30 and haven't looked back (for now). Lived alone in midtown East a true but tiny 1 br apt with occasional roach crossing the kitchen floor. Made $65K and crashed on friends couch for 2-3 weeks while interviewing, then signed my lease after I got a job. Since then have done the sheer ridiculousness of a high rise luxury apt with breathtaking views and everybody and their mother that I've ever met wanting to come by the place and the rooftop. Got enough of that and scaled back as lifestyle and priorities changed. But still in Manhattan. Know that if you really want to live and experience the NYC vibe, you must live in Manhattan at least once. You can move later once you figure out the boroughs and get settled into the ny experience. But if you haven't lived in The City (Manhattan) and moved around its neighborhoods a bit, you haven't really lived in NYC with all the fantastic and surreal stuff that goes on in the streets and the culture/vibe of the place 🗽

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