New York City is a preferred destination not only for thousands of tourists but also for thousands of Americans in search of a city that offers it all. If you are planning on moving to New York City, there are many things to keep in mind, and the earlier you start, the more chances you will get it right by the time you reach "the city that never sleeps."
Stay away from guides and information sites that are geared towards tourists. If you are moving to New York City, you need to be able to understand how the locals live, which includes everything from real prices paid for food outside of tourist areas, to prices for apartment rentals, to how to move around the city. Sites like NotForTourists.com are great for getting first-hand information about what the city is really like (see Resources below).
Find a place to live before you get to New York. Hotels in the city are notoriously expensive, and even a week spent in a hotel while looking for an apartment can set you back over a thousand dollars. Instead, locate an apartment by contacting real estates or searching online through places like Craigslist, where apartments are divided by borough (see Resources below).
Wait until you get to the city to find a job. Opportunities in New York are numerous, and many are not listed online or cannot be found unless you take to the streets. If you want to start the search beforehand, use "The New York Times" Job Market site, where you can search jobs by salary, location and categories (see Resources below).
Decide in advance what your style of living is so you can better choose the area you want to live in. Soho and Downtown Manhattan are known for their bohemian style, while Queens is highly multicultural. Staten Island has some of the cheapest real estate in the city, but the commute is long and more difficult.
Consider selling your car if you have one. Public transportation, especially the subway system, is more than enough to take you anywhere you want to go within the city limits. Unless you have your own garage, parking in the city is not only expensive but also extremely difficult.