Moving On Up: Things To Consider Before Moving To Manhattan

You did it! You finally got the piece of the pie and you’re thinking about a move to Manhattan. To live in such a place is like being in the center of the universe. Even looking outside your window, it’s like you’re watching the whole world right in front of your eyes. Now mind you, this is the city that never sleeps. Because you will be living in Manhattan, you’ll be in the center of it all. But it does come with a downside or two. Here are some things you need to consider before making the move.

1. It Is Loud…Really Loud

Are you a sucker for getting a good, peaceful night’s sleep? That probably may not happen. Just because you sleep doesn’t mean the rest of the city does. If you can tolerate the noise, you should invest in a pair of earplugs that will block out all the endless horn honking, blaring sirens, and chatter. If you’re used to sleeping with background noise, then consider this your slice of heaven.

2. Rent Is Ridiculously High

You probably knew that by now. But let’s remind you once more about the rent. A one-bedroom apartment in NYC is on average the same as a month’s rent on a two or three bedroom apartment in say…Washington D.C. But if you have a job or even have your own business where you make enough money and more, then the rent won’t be a problem. So if you’re looking for an apartment in Manhattan, choose wisely. Especially when it comes to renting.

3. There Are People Everywhere

They’re commuting to and from work. They’re visiting from a small town miles away. Regardless, there will be a lots of people where you live. And it can get crowded. So if you’re the type of person who hates being in closed spaces or has personal space issues, then Manhattan may not be the right place for you. If you’re a people person who doesn’t mind the occasional situation of being crammed somewhere, have at it.

4. It’s Fast Paced

You might be in Brooklyn and things are a little laid back. Here in Manhattan, it’s go-go-go. People are going from place to place. And they move as fast as they can to get there. So either you keep walking or get out of the way. Don’t take it too personally when someone happens to yell “move”. Just remember that it isn’t you…it’s them. You’ll know it when you end up doing it yourself.

5. If You Can Make It Here, You Can Make It Anywhere

Ol’ Frankie wasn’t kidding when he said that. If you are able to navigate the subway system and this concrete jungle, you’ll do alright here. Despite all that, feel free to take a look around and visit some of the iconic sites that call this island, home. If you’re more of an out and about at night type, research some bars or restaurants that you want to check out.


Manhattan is the place to be for the go-getter and for someone who wants to be in the center of it all. While it may not be a place for everyone, it is important to give Manhattan a look when you want to move elsewhere in New York City.

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